Opal JoAnn Bufford

August 29, 1936 ~ July 3, 2013

Opal Joann Bufford, 76 of Sulphur, LA died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta, GA. JoAnn was born on August 29, 1936 in Toomey, LA and lived in Vinton, LA until marrying Mr. Henry Raywood Rayboy Bufford on January 25, 1952 and moving to Hackberry, LA where she resided until 2005. She owned and operated JoAnns Beauty Shop and upon retiring started a second career as a tutor at Hackberry High School until retirement. JoAnn enjoyed playing cards, gardening, fishing and vacationing with family and friends. JoAnn is survived by her four children, Diane Bufford Robinson and Ron Dunlap of Atlanta, GA, Paula Bufford McCarthy and husband, Patrick of Houston, TX, Bobby Ray Bufford and wife, Dr. Amy Broussard Bufford of Sulphur, LA and Wendell Ray Bufford and wife, Angie Benoit Bufford; 10 grandchildren, Matthew and Zachary Robinson, Melanie McCarthy Goodman, Michelle and Michael McCarthy, Ashley McCarthy Bartek, Lindsey and Marcus Bufford, Dalton and Cody Goolsby; 2 great-grandchildren, Emma and Olivia Goodman; and 2 brothers, Wendell Alton and Donald Ray Chesson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Raywood Rayboy Bufford who died on July 8, 1992; her parents, Carrey and Willie Chesson; 2 brothers, and a sister. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry, LA with Father Edward Richard officiating. Burial will be in New Hackberry Cemetery under the direction of Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home from 3-9 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. and will resume on Monday at 8a.m. until time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations in her memory be made to the American Heart and Stroke Association.

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  1. JoAnn was a special lady with a beautiful spirit. It was a pleasure and honor to know her. We will always remember her bright smile, quick wit, and loving devotion to her Family. She will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of her loved ones.

  2. I will never forget JoAnn and her kindness to me, my Mother and my family. She cared about everyone and gave them love and happiness. We have missed her since Hurricane Katrina tore through all of our fragile lives. She is at peace now but we will never forget her. Love, Peggy and Family

  3. Impossible to attend but our prayers are with all of you. We have lost another member of our Hackberry family who can never be replaced. I will always remember JoAnn and the kindness she showed us and our children. Many fond memories of the good times. You have wonderful families and we will always love you.

  4. Dear Bufford family; we are sorry for your loss. We are never prepared for the passing of our loved ones, and this is because we were not created to die. Soon our Creator will return the earth back to a paradise and your loved one will be able to live on earth eternally. Rev 21:3,4

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