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James Delaney "J.D." Buffett, Jr., age 83, a native of Pascagoula, Miss., and a resident of Point Clear, Ala., passed away Thursday, May 1, 2003, from Alzheimer's disease.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Delaney and Hilda Seymour Buffett; one brother, William Norman Buffett; and two sisters, Catherine Buffett Rappaport and Patricia Buffett Lumpkin.

J.D. is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Loraine Peets Buffett; one son, James William Buffett (Jane); two daughters, Loraine Marie Buffett McGuane (Thomas) and Lucy Anne Buffett. He leaves behind nine devoted grandchildren: Heather Hume Nelson, Mara Delaney Buffett, Melanie Leigh Buffett, Savannah Jane Buffett, Anne Buffett McGuane, Sara Delaney Buffett, Cameron Marley Buffett, Thomas Francis McGuane IV and Maggie McGuane Kirn; three great-grandchildren and one on the way.

J.D. enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers on his birthday in 1941. He was stationed in Maine, Montana, Africa and India, and was discharged from service as master sergeant in February 1946. He worked at Alabama Dry Docks for 35 years, starting in the estimating department and upon retirement, managing government contracts. He was an active participant in maritime and industry affairs on the Gulf Coast.

Residing on the shore of Mobile Bay for the past 27 years, J.D. rose most days at dawn to enjoy a pot of strong coffee before heading outdoors to check the crab traps and walk the dogs. Everyday, he relished in the accomplishments of his three children and their families and cherished the companionship of his best friend and life partner, Peets.

The family will receive friends Monday morning, May 5, 2003, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Fairhope Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in Fairhope. Private interment will be held in Memory Gardens of Fairhope. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Mercy Medical Hospice Development Office, P.O. Box 1090, Daphne, AL, 36526; or The James Delaney Buffett, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME, 04420. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Fairhope Funeral Home and Crematory, 19698 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532.

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