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Needham Bryan JonesOctober 13, 1939 ~ April 20, 2017 (age 77)
Col. Needham Bryan "Bud" Jones, USAF, Ret., 77, passed away peacefully at home with family nearby on April 20th, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward Lee and Henrietta Jones. Bud is survived by his wife of 41 years, Georgia "G. Lee" Jones, his brother Edward Jones and wife Carolyn, and his children and their spouses: daughter Jennifer Jones, daughter Katrina Roehl and husband Bob, son Reid Zoller and wife Mona, son Jeff Zoller and wife Stephanie, and daughter Shannon Jones. He is also survived by his grandchildren and their spouses: Austin Roehl and wife Rachel, Taylor Blackwell, Nick Roehl and wife Denise, Logan Zoller, Lauren Zoller, Ben DeChelbor, Nate DeChelbor, Luke DeChelbor, Thor Zoller, and Maja Zoller; and his great-grandchildren Kinsley Roehl, Betsy Roehl, and Corbin Roehl.
Bud was born in Ocala on October 13th, 1939 and lived in Reddick, FL. He moved to Bradenton in the 11th grade to attend Manatee High School and graduated Class of 1957. He played fullback for the Hurricanes and was a member of the track team. He attended the University of Florida, where he was in the advanced ROTC program. He graduated in June of 1961 with a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Bud had a highly distinguished and decorated military career of 26 years. As a Fighter Pilot, he flew six different combat fighter planes on missions all over the world including hundreds of missions during two tours in North Vietnam. He was Aide to the Commander General and Commander of the 9th Aerospace Division, a Squadron Commander, Wing Commander, Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for the 12th Airforce. In his retirement, Bud's love of plants and landscape architecture led him to start Bud Jones Nursery. He was a Free Mason, member of the Order of Daedalians, board member of the South Florida Museum, and Life Member of the UF Alumni Association. He and G. Lee were active members of the Bradenton Country Club, where he enjoyed many rounds of golf with his friends and family. He in-stilled a love of golf, and its life lessons, in his grandchildren from a young age.
Bud was a good man who loved his family dearly and was extremely proud of each and every one of them. He was brilliant, yet humble. He was a man of the highest character, consistently principled, disciplined, honest, reliable, wickedly funny, and always punctual. He was strong and tenacious, a fighter to the end. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5-7pm at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL. 34205. The funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. 34241.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The clouds have subsided and there is no ceiling, the flight line is clear. Col. Needham Bryan "Bud" Jones departed on his final mission, to pierce the edge of the envelope on the wings of angels. Godspeed, Bud.
Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675-8517
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