Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones

Obituary of Bobby R. Jones

Bobby Ray Jones, age 52, of the Ridgecrest Group Home in West Jefferson, died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2008 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born February 6, 1956 in Watauga County to Will Smith and Daisy Stansberry Jones. He was a member of Vanderpool Baptist Church and was a former employee of area restaurants through Watauga Opportunities. Bobby was an active participant in Special Olympics where he earned awards in skiing, track & field, bocce, bowling and basketball. He enjoyed travel, taking cruises in Mexico and the Caribbean with Watauga Opportunities. Bobby gave back to the community by volunteering at the Watauga County Humane Society, the Hunger Coalition, Rams Rack and with the Adopt-A-Street Program. He is survived by; three brothers, Clifford Jones and wife Wanda of Boone, Russell Jones and wife Blanche of Bessemer City and Dewey Ralph 'Red' Jones and wife Vivian of Lenoir; two sisters, Sue Norwood and husband Dale of Banner Elk and Jean Mains and husband Ronnie of Mountain City, Tennessee; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Jones of Boone and Celia Jones of Foscoe. A number of nieces, nephews and special friend, Paula Anderson also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Maxine Huffman, Earlene, Edna and Ruby Joyce Jones and eight brothers, Frank, Harold, Earl, Burl, Cecil, James, Lee and Junior Jones. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 12 o'clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Dan Church and Rev. Harold Danner. The family will receive friends Saturday morning from 11 o'clock until 12 noon, one hour prior to services, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Vanderpool Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin & Barnes Funeral Home to assist the Jones family. Online condolences can be made at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Jones family.