In Loving Memory

Roy W. “Buddy” Jones

June 8, 1945 - May 25, 2024

Tribute

Roy Wilbert “Buddy” Jones, a beloved husband, father, brother and friend, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2024 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama after a lengthy illness.  His wife, Dixie, was by his side. He was 78 years old.

Buddy was born on June 8, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama.  He was a resident of Daphne for the past 46 years.

Buddy graduated high school from McGill Institute in Mobile, Alabama.  While in high school, his junior year, he enlisted in the Alabama Army National Guard where he was trained as a Medical Corpsman.  He always wanted to be a physician, but life led him down a different path to the nursing profession instead.  He graduated from Mastin School of Nursing in Mobile, AL with his nursing diploma in 1972.   He went on to further his education in New Orleans.  He graduated with his Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA in 1983.  He went on the following year to receive a Masters in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans and worked in various clinical, management and academic nursing roles until he retired in 2007. 

Buddy’s life journey was marked by dedication and service to his community and his Church. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for 46 years where he participated in a variety of organizations and roles that included:  The Men’s Breakfast Club, Eucharistic Ministry, Church Ushers, and the Youth groups.  He was a Cub Scout leader and Scout Master for many years both in his high school years and later with the Christ the King Cub Scouts.  He loved the campouts and bringing his love of the outdoors to the youth.

He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 2737 in Daphne, AL for many years where he served in many roles in that group including Grand Knight.  He loved being in the Knights of Columbus so much and believed what they stood for that he helped organize and was a Charter Member and First Faithful Navigator of the Bay of the Holy Spirit Assembly 2573 in Daphne, AL.  He was an active participant in the 4th Degree Color Guard.  He was quite active in both the Council and Assembly and was at most functions.  It was the primary way he gave back in thanksgiving for all of his blessings in his life.

He had many other interests that were as varied as they were similar.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman for a lot of his life and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of being in the woods or on the water.  He often said those were the places where he felt the Holy Spirit the most, sitting quietly on a deer stand or holding a fly rod, reflecting on life and in prayer.  He also enjoyed spending time with his large family of siblings at Christmas and other family events.  His favorite holiday was Christmas because in his large family, it was always a big and noisy event filled with lots of good memories. He was also a voracious reader of Civil War history and was proud of his southern roots.

His Irish heritage, of which he was very proud, led him to join the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick which he was a member for over 25 years.  He enjoyed the camaraderie with other fellow Irishmen and walked and/or rode in many a St. Patrick’s Day parade. He also loved Mardi Gras and was a member of the Crewe of Columbus carnival organization for over 40 years. 

As life as a nurse would take him, it only made sense that he would meet his wife Dixie, also a nurse, while working in Mobile at one of the hospitals. They were married on June 25, 1977, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mobile. It was a marriage that lasted 46 years. Their only child, Patrick, was born on January 11, 1985. He was a devoted father and was always there for his son whenever he needed him, attending all of his sporting events, being his Cub Scout Leader, providing advice on life’s challenges and being his friend as well as “Dad”.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Wilkerson V. “Cocky” Jones and Juanita Mary Laubenthal Jones, his younger sister, Gwendolyn Patricia Jordan, and his younger brothers, Jerome Michael (Jerry) Jones and Walter Roy Jones.

Buddy’s legacy lives on through his devoted family.  He is survived by his loving wife, Dixie Lee (Stone) Jones of Daphne, AL; his son, Patrick Roy (Jessica) Jones of Santa Clarita, CA; brothers, F. Paul (Lynn) Jones of Daphne, AL, Robert H. (Rita) Jones of Mobile, AL, and David E. (Robin) Jones of Mobile, AL; sisters, Anna Marie Davis (Rob) of Harrison, AK, Jeanne Elizabeth Davis (Randy) of Nolensville, TN, and Mary Catherine Cink of Greenville, SC,; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Buddy Jones will be remembered for his love of God, family, and community.  He was a kind and generous man to all whom he encountered.  He will be deeply missed but his legacy as a “man of worth” will inspire others.

Rest easy soldier, your battle is done.  May you now be our advocate to our Father in Heaven.

On Saturday, June 8, 2024, a visitation will be held from 10:00AM-10:45 AM at the Immaculata Center at Christ the King Catholic Church,1601 Main Street, Daphne, AL, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11AM at Christ the King Catholic Church,1505 Main Street, Daphne, AL. Interment will take place at Belforest Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/give.html  or to The Knights of Columbus Council 2737 Charity Fund, Daphne, AL 36526.

Expressions of condolence may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne, AL is assisting the family.

7 Comments

  1. Donna Nolte

    He sounds like a remarkable man that made this world a better place for so many. His legacy will be an inspiration for many future generations. We love you, Dixie

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  2. Mike Gale

    J miss seeing Buddy after all years since highschool. We went to sun flower hunting oñce. God bless him.

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  3. Gary Black

    So sorry to hear of your loss Dixie. It’s was a pleasure seeing you both at Wacky Shrimp a while back, God will be with you during this time and after. We love you and once again our deepest condolences.

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  4. Peaches Shinn Ford

    Dixie, so sorry to hear about Roy’s passing. I am praying for you and your family.

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  5. Melonie Alexander

    What a beautiful tribute to Roy. Sending you lots of love and prayers for peace during this difficult time.

    Melonie Alexander

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  6. Henry J Tamburin

    Roy was a very active Knights of Columbus Council and Assembly member and will be missed. Rest in peace Roy and thank you for all the support you gave the council and assembly for so many years.

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  7. Marie Maeder

    Dear Dixie, Patrick and Families,

    In great sorrow, we greet you, regarding Buddy’s passing..

    This remarkable Tribute will continue to inspire other generations! Having read his Tribute, we were overwhelmed by Buddy’s sense of dedication to God, country, family and community!

    I was inspired by learning how he welcomed the Holy Spirit in prayer, during his hunting and fishing expeditions! I wish I had visited him more often, while growing up!

    I remember the Christmas visits to our paternal grandparents aunt, uncle and cousins, after Midnight Mass, after viewing the Christmas Pageantry lights, depicting the Holy Family statues surrounded by Santa, his reindeer., other company figures, on the front lawns of homes, along the streets of Siena Vista. Also, we visited them weekly, with our maternal grandmother, after her worship at the local Baptist church.

    We are praying for Buddy and all of you!

    Sending Blessings,

    Marie (“Tela”) Laubenthal Maeder & Mark Raymond Maeder

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