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Jona Ra Williamson

March 24, 2018

Kill Devil Hills – Jona Ra Williamson passed away on March 24, 2018 in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  Jona Ra was born on September 4, 1940 in Marion, WV to the late Ira and Evelyn Pyles.

Jona Ra lived most of her life in Richmond, VA where she was in real estate and was the owner of Varina Realty. She was a faithful long-time member of Cold Harbor Road Church of Christ.  She loved the beach and she and her husband Ray Williamson retired to the Outer Banks of NC.  While in Kill Devil Hills, she volunteered some of her time at the Outer Banks Hospital.  She also loved walking on the beach and finding sea shell treasures.

Jona Ra is preceded in death by her husband Ray Williamson, who passed last year while both resided in Spring Arbor for the last 4 years. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Eddie Pyles of WV.
Jona Ra is survived by her daughter, Kristine Shanko (Charles) of Charleston, SC; son, Randy Williamson (Vickie) of Kill Devil Hills; 4 grandchildren, Berkley Shanko, Alexandria Shanko, Charleston Shanko, and Matthew Williamson; and great-grandson, Carter Woody.

She is also survived by her sister, Diane Flowers (Roger) and their two children, Meredith and Kelly of Clarksburg, WV; and brother, Kevin Pyles of Charlottesville, VA and his two children, Melissa and Christopher.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring in West Virginia.

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. of Nags Head, NC is entrusted with arrangements for cremation.  Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at