Buckner-Jones Funeral Home opened its doors in May, 1977, in Franklin, Louisiana, when co-owners Janis and Jessie Jones, Jr., and Mildred and Hilliard Buckner saw a need for an additional funeral establishment in St. Mary Parish and Buckner-Jones Funeral Home was born.
Byron Jones, the eldest son of Janis and Jessie, then decided to enter the business. Byron attended Delgado College in New Orleans, and graduated in August of 1979. All who were involved in the conception of Buckner-Jones Funeral Home were dedicated to service and the community.
A second location was opened in 1979, Buckner-Jones Chapel, which opened in Siracusa Subdivision on the outer city limits of Morgan City. In 1983, Jones acquired their building in Morgan City at 715 Sixth Street, , thus closing the Chapel.
In 1982, Herman Grant an educator in the St. Mary Parish School system was hired part-time, later acquiring his Funeral Director’s license in 1995. Grant retired as an educator and became a full time employee of Jones Funeral Home. On Sunday October 22, 2017, God, in His infinite wisdom, transitioned Herman from this his earthly dwelling on Pacific Avenue, his families’ home in New Orleans, Louisiana to rest in peace eternal.
In 1986, the Buckner’s decided to sell their ownership. The Jones family purchased their shares and the firm became Jones Funeral Home, Inc.
Janis Jones retired from the St. Mary Parish School System in 1994 and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1997.
Ms. Darlene Davis joined the staff and serves as Administrator for the day to day operations of Morgan City, Franklin, and Jeanerette locations.
Andre’ Jones, the second son of Janis and Jessie returned to Louisiana in 2004 to join the family business, becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 2006. Jones received a Bachelor's of Social Science Degree from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2015.
In 2006, the original Franklin office was closed and Jones Funeral Home relocated to 1101 Main Street, boasting a 2000 square foot chapel.
In 2010, Jones Funeral Home acquired a third office location, the former Alex Lovette Funeral Services in Jeanerette, LA.
Kevin L. Ramsey, a long time Houma resident and licensed funeral director joined the Jones Funeral Home team as a funeral director and lead embalmer. Ramsey comes to Jones Funeral Home with more than 17 years professional experience in the funeral business in Houma, where he resides and serves as Deacon and a devoted member of The New Rising Sun Baptist Church.
On January 22, 2013, a fourth location was opened in the Houma area.
Mrs. Andrea B. Lawson joined the staff and serves as Administrator for the day to day operations of this location.
R. DeMale Bowden, Jr., CFSP, a Funeral Director and Embalmer joined the Jones Funeral Home staff on December 1, 2013. Bowden served as General Manager & Funeral Director in charge of King’s Funeral Homes Inc. of Ruston and Homer, Louisiana. His professional career also includes an internship with Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. of Homer, Louisiana. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope in Hope, Arkansas, where he earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service Education with Cum Laude academic achievements. Demale's professional memberships include: a member of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Inc., the 40 & Under Funeral Directors Auxiliary of the NFDMA, Inc. where he serves as Education Liaison, the Louisiana Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, a member of the 100 Black Men of Funeral Service, LLC., where he serves as secretary, a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, and a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, where he earned his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (C.F.S.P.) designation in the Summer of 2013.
Jonathan Bougere, a native of Terrebonne Parish and licensed funeral director, joined the staff on February 1, 2016. Bougere served as a funeral director at Kennedy Funeral Home in Raceland, LA before joining the Jones Funeral Home Staff.
The Jones Family announced the peaceful transition of Mr. Jessie Jones, Jr. at age 83 on Wednesday morning December 5, 2018.
The firm has continued to grow over the past 43 years, having the same dedication to service. We sincerely appreciate the support of the community and do our utmost to deserve the confidence placed in us.
Our Motto: Our Family Dedicated To Your Family – Because We Care