The Obituary for Mr. O. M. “Buddy” Jones (Clay County)

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The graveside service for O.M. “Buddy” Jones of Millerville, AL, was held on October 13, 3:00 at Millerville Baptist Cemetery with Nephew Randy Royster and Rev. Kenneth Neeley officiating.

Mr. Jones passed away the morning of October 9, 2020 in his Millerville home. Born to O.M. Jones Sr. and Myrtie Elma Lee Walker Jones on March 1, 1929, in Hanceville, AL, O.M. Jones Jr, aka Buddy was the first son of 7 children. He is survived by his daughters Vicki Coe, (husband Jim) children Amy, Josh & Daniel) Daughter, Jan McDowell (husband Billy) children Cory, Brooke & Mitchell and 9 great grandchildren! He is also survived by his brothers, Robert W. Jones, Virginia J. Horn, Ray D. Jones and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents O.M. and Elma Lee Jones, Sister’s, Delores Corbin, Margie Densmore and Betty Royster and his wife of 63 years, Mary Eleanor Pepper Jones.

Pallbearers: Jim Coe, Son In-law, Billy McDowell, Son In-Law, Cory McDowell, Grandson Mitchell, McDowell, Grandson, Ray Pepper, Nephew, Tommy Pepper, Nephew, Randy Royster, Nephew

He lived life with vim, vigor and vitality… believing a day was better lived outside working in his garden and taking care of his plants. He loved God, and was graced with healing several times throughout his 91 years and was always saying “I don’t know why God has blessed me so much”! He was rich in so many ways… always had the last word and knew he was living in a broken world that needed more of God’s grace and goodness! He was a man who was so proud to have served his country in the US Airforce! He cherished America and the armed forces and remained faithful to his values throughout 91 years!
His air force career began in 1946 serving in the Berlin Air Lift and later in 1952 serving in Japan flying the wounded to hospitals. He flew over 2,200 hours during these 17 months, receiving the Air Medal with one cluster. In 1953 while stationed at Maxwell AFB he received the presidential medal. In 1958 he was discharged from the US Airforce! After his Air-force Years he was an entrepreneur, always pursuing new business adventures, owning his own businesses from Painting Contractor (MVJ Company), Vending Machine business and TTS (Total Telephone Systems). He even attended Bible College while living in Decatur, GA and pastored several church’s as the itinerate pastor. He had a passion for flying and loved gardening like his best friend. He loved AnnieBelle, his West Highlander Terrier, like his 3rd child.

Many childhood memories are of our dad being the giver of gifts… he was Santa at Christmas for many children who lived less fortunate lives than us! He also made sure to go grocery shopping for others who might be doing without at Thanksgiving or Christmastime. He always had a large vegetable garden and was often known for sharing his harvest with many. Dad’s journey through this world was one of many ups and downs, yet full of love and happiness. He persevered when the times got rough, and he never lost his faith In God. Yes our dad was imperfect, as are we all. But thankfully, God’s grace has him “Sheltered in the Arms of God”.

In keeping with daddy’s wishes and is love for his church and country, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Disabled American Veterans: www.DAV.com; Millerville Baptist Church: 255 School House Road, Ashland AL 36251; and the First United Methodist Church in Ashland: P.O. Box 305, Ashland AL 36251.

Benefield Funeral home directed the services.

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