Ray LaVon Jones, 79, of Orange, died, Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

     Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, the 18th at North Orange Baptist Church. Reverend Lynn Ashcraft and Reverend Scott McIntosh will officiate. Interment will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery.

     Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

     Ray was born January 3, 1929, in Norphlet, AR, to William Floyd and Ethel Marie (Lamar) Jones.

     Since 1956, Ray was a resident of Orange and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Jones was an electrical engineer with DuPont Sabine River Works and retired after 38 years of service as a staff engineer.

     He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany from January 1952 through December 1953.

    Ray was a member of the Steering Committee of the Texas A&M Instrumentation Symposium, American Society of Electrical Engineers, and of Tau Beta Phi and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies.

     He was also a member of North Orange Baptist Church since 1958, serving as Deacon and President of the Senior Adult Choir. He also served on the Board of Directors for Orange Habitat for Humanity.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeffrey Craig Jones; daughter, Susan Renee Jones; brother, William Raymond Jones and sister, Nellie Ruth Burton.

     He is survived by his wife, Janice M. Jones of Orange; son, Ronald Ray Jones and wife, Kimberly, of Richardson, TX; granddaughter, Sydny Renee Jones; sister, Jean J. Lynch and husband, Clarence W., of Warner, OK and numerous nieces and nephews.

     Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to North Orange Baptist Church, The American Lung Association, or the charity of choice.