Henry Raymond “Bunch”Jones Junior was born in Pineola, North Carolina, son of Henry Raymond Jones and Charlotte Diane Vance. He enlisted on 21 January 1918 at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgie at the age of 18 and died of spinal meningitis on 7 February 1918 at camp hospital at Camp Hancock in Augusta, Richmond County, Ga.
Service number Unknown
Unit; Company 1238, Motor Mechanics Detachment, Aviation Section, Signal Corps, U.S. Army
The Johnson City Staff, 8 February 1918
Raymond Jones Jr., eighteen years of age, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Jones, residing on Maple street in the Southwest addition, succumbed Wednesday afternoon at Camp Hancock, Augusta, Ga., from an attack of spinal meningitis. In apparent good health but a few days previously the intelligence of his serious illness came as a shock to his parents, who left on train 25 Wednesday afternoon on receipt of a wire that he was dangerously ill. Notice of his passing away reached them at Cleveland while they were yet en route to the training camp. “Bunch” as he was affectionately known to his school mates volunteered for service three weeks ago. He and Lyle Barton were in the same corps of the areal arm. In a recent letter to homefolks he had said that he was getting along fine, except for the effects of inoculation against typhoid. Volunteering at his country’s call at the youthful age of eighteen years, his end is doubly saddening to his great number of friends. But to the memory of Raymond Jones will be displayed a golden star in the service flag, the first in Johnson City. Sacrifice, courage, loyalty, duty and patriotism – a single golden star.
Surviving him are his parents and nine brothers; Vance, San Antonio, Texas; Paul, Detroit; ERarl, Umatilla, Fla.; Mile, Shreveport, La.; Nellis, North Carolina; Clyde, Lloyd, Bob and Pryor, of Johnson City.
The Johnson City Staff, 12 February 1918
Attended by a great throng come to pay respect to the memory of the first soldier from Johnson City to answer the final summons while in the service for his country, the funeral of Raymond Jones, who died at Camp Hancock, Augusta, Georgia five days ago, was held this morning at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Jones on Maple Street. Out of respect to the memory of the boy whose untimely end is so sincerely mourned, all places of business were closed from ten thirty until eleven thirty, suspended in tribute to the memory of him whose life and sacrifice is represented by the single golden star in the service flag.
- Rank: Private
- Date of death: 7 February 1918
- County: Washington
- Hometown: Johnson City
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Cas. E,, 1238 Motor Mechanics Regiment
- Conflict: World War I
- Burial/Memorial Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee
- Location In Memorial: Pillar V, Middle Panel
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