TyVonna Baylock Rayford

TyVonna Rayford, 41, of College Station, TX, passed from this life on Monday June 4, 2018 at CHI St. Joseph’s Health Regional Hospital.A visitation will be held from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers in Bryan.

Tyvonna was born on August 12, 1976 to the late Franklin Brown Jr. and Theresa Baylock. She was the very first grandchild to the late Clara and Amos Baylock. She attended Wyandanch Memorial High School in Wyandanch, New York in 1994 and graduated with honors. She later furthered her education by attending Stony Brook College “Gifted”program for two years. Tyvonna would soon relocate to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1997 after her family moved in 1996. She found employment at Toys R Us and Regis Company which she met Paul Rayford. They committed in marriage and from their union they welcomed their daughter, Jy’Maya Renée Rayford, now 13. They relocated to College Station in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. She became employed at The University Title Company, where she was employed for 14 years. She was a bright life in everyone’s life. She was always helping and putting others before herself. She will be missed by many.

Tyvonna leaves behind her beloved daughter, Jy’Maya Rayford; mother Theresa Dukes; stepson Paul Mark; three siblings sister Chantà Dukes of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and two brothers Raymond Dukes of Marietta, Georgia and Jesse Dukes of Houston; ex-husband Paul Rayford; sister-in-law Lisa Rayford Payton; four aunts Belinda Jones of Wilmington,NC, Rose Nowell of Wilmington, NC, Anna Baylock of Raleigh, NC, and Della Baylock of Port Orange, FL; one uncle Amos Baylock Jr. of Reading, PA; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Special thanks to her friend Cantreas Hodges for being in my baby’s life and sister-in-law Lisa Rayford Payton for all your help and support.

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com.


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with TyVonna’s family and work family at UTC. She will be missed by many. I will miss working with her, I could always count on her. Praying the families find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. What a sweet, beautiful, FIERY soul! It was an honor to work with her. I don’t know of anyone that worked with or knew TyVonna that didn’t catch just a little bit of that fire but a lot of that sweet soul. Father be with JyMaya and all her family and I pray for understanding that leads to peace. God bless.

  3. Thank you Tyvonna for making me laugh, for teaching me, and for being patient and kind. Your smile was brilliant and laughter contagious. My love is with your family and you will be so greatly missed.

  4. Remember Me

    © Anthony Dowson

    Published: January 2016

    Speak of me as you have always done.
    Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.

    Share the happy memories we’ve made.
    Do not let them wither or fade.

    I’ll be with you in the summer’s sun
    And when the winter’s chill has come.

    I’ll be the voice that whispers in the breeze.
    I’m peaceful now, put your mind at ease.

    I’ve rested my eyes and gone to sleep,
    But memories we’ve shared are yours to keep.

    Sometimes our final days may be a test,
    But remember me when I was at my best.

    Although things may not be the same,
    Don’t be afraid to use my name.

    Let your sorrow last for just a while.
    Comfort each other and try to smile.

    I’ve lived a life filled with joy and fun.
    Live on now, make me proud of what you’ll become

  5. I only knew TyVonna over the phone from working on transactions. What a dear! She taught me many things about closings and was sweet, patient and eager to help me.
    My heart goes out to you, her family during your time of grief. Praying for you the peace that passes understanding.

  6. It was a blessing to work with Tyvonna for many years. Her laugh and attitude was like no other. I know that she is going to be missed by both her work and home family. I pray for peace for the family and for JyMaya. God bless you and keep you.

  7. Heaven’s Newest Angel …. Rest In Paradise…. Prayers For Strength For U & Entire Family & Love Ones !!!

  8. Tyvonna was an amazing song woman. She was always positive and helpful ! My heart goes out to her family

    Deborah Fitzpatrick
    Celtic Real Estate Group

  9. My dearest friend Theresa and family…..U have my condolences on the loss of your love one….y’all are in my thoughts and prayers…

  10. My deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared and the peace of God comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  11. I had the pleasure to work with TyVonna for almost three years at UTC. She always had such a big smile on her face and she was so friendly and helpful to all those she came into contact with… She will be greatly missed and I am keeping her precious daughter, family and extended UTC family in my thoughts and prayers.

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