Bufford Jones, 78, of Eastpoint, went to be with Jesus in Heaven on Thursday, January 02, 2014. He passed away quietly in his sleep at Covenant Hospice in Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital in Panama City, Florida at 2:34 in the morning.

Bufford was born Nov. 21, 1935 in wonderful Lynn Haven, where he lived until about age 7. He lived most of his life in his two great hometown communities of Apalachicola and Eastpoint.

Bufford worked in the seafood industry fishing, shrimping, oystering, crabbing, scalloping and doing all types of seasonal water work. He was also a great carpenter, boat builder, and a good mechanic. Bufford loved the Lord, his family, and friends. He enjoyed talking with people, freshwater fishing, camping, cook-outs and potluck dinners. He loved watching television and faithfully watched Sunday church services.

Bufford was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison Jones and Eva Estelle Dennis Jones. He was also preceded in death by three of his brothers, Horace Jones, Auburn Jones and Dennis Jones, and two of his sisters, Connie Jones and Brenda Jones Coulter. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Frances Howard Creamer.

Survivors include two of his siblings, one sister, Ruby Jones Andrews Segree, and one brother, James Jones. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Jones and children, Chris Howard (Teresa) and Patty Howard Rickards (Joe); his two daughters from a prior marriage, Sarah Estelle Jones Smith (Bobby), and Xuripha Mae (Bunky) Jones, (Gerry). He is survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Bufford is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.

Funeral services will begin on Monday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. EST at the Kelley Funeral Home, 149 Avenue H, Apalachicola, and will be officiated by Pastor Ray Creamer of Apalachicola, Pastor Bobby Shiver of Eastpoint, and Pastor Margaret Henkle of Panama City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 3 p.m. EST prior to the funeral service in the chapel.

Interment will follow at the Eastpoint Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his great-nephew Wesley Jones and his nephews, Chris Jones, Billy Jones, Ricky Jones, Frank Coulter and Earl Coulter.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made in Bufford’s name to a favorite charity or church.