Surely Jesus loves fishermen
for He chose them for His own,
To be with Him and learn from Him
and someday share His home.
It must have been their trust in God
and patience He found rare,
That keeps them very near His heart
and ever in His care. - Anne Kujawa
My daddy truly loved the seafood industry. His love of the Gulf of Mexico, Apalach Bay, and many rivers that feed off from the Apalachicola River (on the lower end), is where he spent much of his time. He loved fishing, shrimping, oystering, crabbing, scalloping and doing all types of seasonal water work. He was a great carpenter, boat builder and a good mechanic.
My family and I would like to thank everyone who sent cards, flowers, phone calls, food or visited the home / funeral of Bufford Jones. Daddy was selfless and believed in being a giver of his time and things that he had to help anyone with their needs. (From the heart of: Sarah Estelle Jones Smith, Chris Howard, Teresa Moses Howard and Patricia and Joe Rickards.) Thank you all for your prayers while daddy was sick and in the hospital. Thank you our Facebook families and friends for all that you all have done for the Jones family. Thank you Chris and Teresa Howard for opening your home with much love that everyone felt. Thank you Chris and Kathy Jones for your generous love and opening your home for Gerry, our Pastor Margaret and me.
We thank Jeffery Jones and the team with Eddie at Blinging Up Daisies for such beautiful flowers and time well spent. We thank our mother in Panama City, Ellen Moses Jones Sansbury, for opening her home for friends and family during our sadness. Thank you Mallorie Jones for a beautiful slide show of daddy's life. Our family thanks Pastor Ray Creamer, Pastor Bobby Shiver and Pastor Margaret for their great message of daddy's life. We want to thank our sweet aunts: Aunt Ann and Aunt Shirley for playing and singing daddy's favorite songs that he requested. We want to thank daddy's nephews: Billy Jones, Chris Jones, Ricky Jones, Wes Jones, Frank Coulter and Earl Coulter for being pallbearers. It is with pleasure that we thank Kelley Funeral Home. David, Tammie Kelley and Chala Parish, you three went above in helping my family during this sad time.
We thank each and every one of daddy's loving family and friends that came to support us during our grieving and sad moments this past week. The Bufford Jones family wishes to express our heartfelt big Thank You to the Hospice Team at Bay Medical for taking such good care of daddy during his comforting time. (with Rena Slate and her wonderful team). The Jones / Howard families thank you. Our thank you cards are coming soon...I am trying to keep strong.
With much love,