Ernest Raymond “Jack” Lafon, 87, of Bowens Road in Pembroke departed this life Sunday evening July 8, 2007 at the V A Medical Center in Salem. Born at Kire in Giles County on March 29, 1920 he was a son of the late Miles Arthur and Mary Virginia Martin Lafon. Jack had earned his living as a skilled mason, was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, New River Ward in Pembroke, and was a veteran of the U S Marine Corps during WW II. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons E. R. “Sambo” Lafon, Jr., and Randall Lee Lafon, a brother Shannon Lafon, five sisters Zada Martin, Helen Kelly, Beatrice Stiff, Hallie Dowdy, and Nora Williams.
He leaves to cherish his memory a son and daughter-in-law “AG” Arthur G. and Sheryl Parr Lafon of Roanoke; two daughters Imogene “Gene” Surratt of Alexandria, VA and Jo Ellen Bodyke of Muncie, Indiana; a brother Richard Lafon of Manassas, VA; a sister May L.Stafford (Walter) of Chester, VA; grandchildren Brian Lafon, Alisha L. Jones, Rachelle Lafon, Kelli Marcum, and Robin Campbell; seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted Wednesday July 11, 2007 at 2:00 PM with Elder Donnie Medley and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating in the Kire Community Cemetery on Big Stony Creek in Giles County. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.