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Belva “Granny” Lewey Jones

Belva “Granny” Lewey Jones, age 85, Russellville, passed away Sept. 14 at Burns Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 30, 1931, in Franklin County. She was a member of James Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for more than 69 years and a charter member of the Dempsey Cemetery Board.  She loved researching genealogy, keeping records and researching local cemeteries and obituaries.

The visitation was held from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 17 at Spry Memorial Chapel, with the funeral following at 4 p.m. in the chapel. Officiating were Bro. Robert Winter and Bro. Kenneth Bond.  Burial was at Dempsey Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Billy C. Jones; parents, A.M. and Ludie (Bolton) Lewey; great-grandson, Triton Jones; sister, Ament Lewey Williams; father-in-law, J.C. Jones; and mother-in-law, Roena Jones.

She leaves to cherish her memory her two sons, Tommy C. Jones and wife Linda and Johnny C. Jones and wife Deb; one daughter, Tyanne McDonald and husband Jerry; five grandchildren, Tommy Paul Jones and wife Misty, Emily Jones, Stewart Blackburn and wife Brittany, Lakesha Holland and husband Radley and Johnine Rhodes and husband Bradley; eight great-grandchildren: Danika, Harlie and Cheston Jones, Lily and Leah Blackburn, Brantley, Case and Ella Holland and MaKagan Rhodes; sister-in-law, Virginia McCalmon and husband Gene; several nieces and nephews; special friend, George (Billy) Humphries; and lifelong friend, Geneva Townsend.

The pallbearers were Brad Pounders, Bradley Rhodes, Jason Oliver, Brandon Oliver, Jeff Rickard and Dallas Bragwell. The honorary pallbearers were Wayne Bolton, Horace Lewey, Hal Bray, Rayburn Massey, Homer Petree, Buck Jones, Byron Mitchell and Mark Swindle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dempsey Cemetery Fund, c/o Christa Madden, 1595 Highway 21, Russellville, AL 35653.

Spry Memorial Chapel assisted the family. To leave private condolences, please visit our website at www.sprymemorialchapel.com.

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