Four hours after leaving his Ball Ground home north of Atlanta on April 13 for a plumbing job in Buckhead, Raymond Jones, 63, was crushed to death in the cab of his pickup truck by a falling Buckhead tree. It happened during an intense rainstorm that produced gusts up to 50 mph.
Jones provided plumbing services for well-heeled clients in Buckhead and north Atlanta and, around 9:30 a.m., was driving south on Nacoochie Drive toward Peachtree Battle Avenue in Buckhead when high winds uprooted an oak tree that fell on his truck, killing him instantly, authorities said.
After the tree trapped the body of Jones in the cab, the truck reportedly caught on fire.
Faye Jones said her husband had spent decades building up his business, which he ran out of his basement.
The tree that killed Jones was one of 294 reports of downed trees handled by 911 call centers in Atlanta on April 13, according to fire officials. The high winds that swept through the state that morning left 250,000 Georgia Power customers, the vast majority of them in metro Atlanta, without electricity.