Ralph L. Jones, Jr. – Benton, IL

Ralph LaVern Jones, Jr., age 44, of Benton, Illinois, passed away at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, from injuries sustained in a head-on motor vehicle accident that occurred in Perry County, Illinois.

Ralph was born on July 20, 1979, in Benton; the son of Ralph LaVern Jones, Sr. and Cheryl S. (Broadway) Jones. On July 4, 2012, he married Zelma G. Willmore, together they shared eleven years of marriage, until her death on December 13, 2023.

Ralph was a former employee of Continental Tire of Mt. Vernon. He also formerly worked in the heating and air conditioning business while living in Georgia.
He enjoyed working on vehicles, shooting guns, riding four-wheelers with his son, hunting and fishing.

Surviving is his son Damian Jones of Benton, IL; his father Ralph LaVern Jones, Sr. and wife Elizabeth of West City, IL; three sisters: Melissa Worley and husband Ron of Benton, IL, Patti Hartleb and husband Terry of Tamaroa, IL, Staci Broadway of West City; his mother-in-law Loretta May Willmore of Benton, IL; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles, two fur babies Raven and Westlynn; and a grand fur baby Lilly Lou.

He was preceded in death by his mother Cheryl Jones; his wife Zelma Jones; a stepdaughter Elizabeth Obrecht; and his father-in-law William Wesley Willmore.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, IL, with Pastor Michael Jeter officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery East of Thompsonville, IL. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. Friday until the funeral hour at 1:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

The family would prefer memorial contributions be made in memory of Ralph to his family to assist with expenses.
To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Ralph, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

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