Jean Ray Jones

Jean Ray Jones

December 11, 1938 – November 25, 2021

ZEBULON – Jean Ray Jones went home to be with her Lord on Thursday. She was born in Durham County to the late Graham and Asalee Barnett Ray. She worked in the manufacturing of Devil Dog Dungarees, as well as a plate maker for Theo Davis Printing. She will be remembered fondly as a loving and devoted wife, mother, and aunt. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Frances Brantley.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert Lee Jones; daughter, Pamela Jean Hughes (Christopher); nephews, Ricky Brantley (Betty) and Cale Brantley; great-niece, Tiffany Brantley Gresham (Chris).

Jean had 8 sponsored “grandchildren” (Melanie, Janeyron, Grace, Eydan, Yerlin, Arnold, Lupita and Arsleidy) through the organization of Children International and was active with her crochet and art in helping to raise funds for them.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children International.

Private graveside service at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Ricky Brantley Posted November 26, 2021 3:31 pm

    Aunt Jean was a wonderful lady that always made you feel at home. She was full of love and life. I will always wemember her smile and peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Until we meet again, thank you for the love you shared with me. Love always!!

  • Pam Hughes Posted November 26, 2021 6:37 pm

    Thank you for being my Mommy. I love you to the moon and back and then some more.

  • Connie Goss Taylor Posted November 26, 2021 11:46 pm

    Cousin Jean was a wonderful kind lady! My mom Elsie Foy will miss talking to her. RIP dear lady!!

  • Donna Roberson Posted November 27, 2021 12:29 am

    I loved Jean. She was such a special cousin to me. She was so sweet and always so humble. Her father was my Dads brother. We never got to see each other often, but both of us had a special love for one another. She had so many talents and her personality would light up a room. Going to miss you sweet cousin, but I know one day we will see you again. “God just gained another Angel.” Love you, Donna and Bob .

  • Becky Spivey Posted November 28, 2021 7:07 pm

    Robert and Pam,
    I was so sorry to read in the N&O today about Jean passing away. She was always such a nice lady,
    full of smiles and friendliness. I know you will both miss her a lot. You both have my love and
    Sympathy.. May God bless both of you.

  • Gray Young Posted December 1, 2021 6:14 pm

    So sorry to hear about Jean’s passing. It’s been a while since I have seen you guys, but I think about you often. May GOD bless you

  • Billy and Betsy Green Posted February 8, 2022 8:01 pm

    Pam and Robert, Billy and I send out deepest sympathy to you both. I am just reading about Jean’s death. She was a very kind, caring person. So sorry to read this! Thinking of you during this time!

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