Joe Mead (Buddy) Benton, Jr., 80, of Braxton passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Simpson General Hospital.  Born in Simpson County on December 17, 1931, a son of the late Elzine (Ross) and Joe M. Benton, Sr., Buddy, who worked as a logger and farmer, is survived by: two sons Michael (Marion) and Joe Belton (Rhoda) Benton, of Braxton; a daughter, Diane (Pete) Lowery, of D'Lo; a sister, Martha Roberts, of Braxton; a sister-in-law, Jean May, of Mendenhall; and eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.  Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Ann (Pickering) Benton. Visitation for friends will begin at 5 pm on Friday, March 9, 2012, at Jupiter Baptist Church, Braxton.  Religious service will be at the church at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012,  with Rev. Dannie Powell officiating.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.