Grayling Jones was born August 23, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. He departed this life, Tuesday June, 20, 2017. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Mattie B. Jones of Aliceville, Alabama and his brother, Christopher Jones of Kennesaw, Georgia. Grayling was raised in the church and he knew where his strength came from. He would say “my time is not up until the good Lord comes for me”.
Grayling graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a sports enthusiast. Some say, it could have been his calling; whereas, he participated in football, basketball and track. Grayling, later enlisted in the United States Navy. After serving in the Armed Forces, he later returned to Omaha, Nebraska where he joined together in holy matrimony with his wife, Ronnette Jones (37 years). In that union they had one son, Grayling R, Jones, Sr. Grayling Jones had various jobs including Metro Area Transit (MAT), Sara Lee Bakery and RD Industries. Many knew him as a husband, father, brother and even a best friend to all he encountered. Grayling was a hardworking man who provided for his family.
Grayling had many names, children called him “candyman” because he always had a sweet treat for them. Let him tell it, he was “G smooth” and INDEED HE WAS! He helped people in so many ways and had conversations for everyone including a nickname. His unselfish manner was contagious and he spread that same unselfishness to everyone he encountered. Grayling was so full of life and would always brighten your day.
To cherish his memories is: his loving wife ~ Ronnette Jones; son ~ Grayling R Jones, Sr. (Tenisha M Jones) of Lawrenceville, Georgia; grandchildren ~ Grayling R Jones, Jr., Sa’Nya L. Jones and Alana L. Jones; sister ~ Yolanda Crockett, Austell Georgia; brother ~ Kenneth Jones (Tracey), Douglasville, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends.