William R. Buford Sr.

This obituary was posted in
The Valley Morning Star
Harlingen, Texas

William R. Buford Sr., age 87, passed away at his residence in Harlingen on Saturday, February 7, 2004.

He was born in Arkoe, Missouri, March20, 1916.  In 1929 he moved to Burns, Wyoming to reside with his Aunt and Uncle.  He graduated from Burns, Wyoming high school in May 1933

In 1934 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, spending time in Minnesota, Missouri, and Wyoming.  He was discharged from the CCC in 1939.  In 1942 he went to work for the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He entered the U. S. Army during WW II in 1944 and was discharged at Ft. Logan, CO. in January 1946.  He was assigned to the 86th Chemical Maintenance Company in the Chemical Warfare Service.  He served in the Rhineland and Middle European Campaigns.  After returning home in 1946 he was transferred by the USDA to Harlingen, Texas.  He was a biological laboratory technician who joined Mr. Lloyd A. Ryall doing research problems in the handling, transportation and storage of fresh fruit and vegetables shipped from the Valley packing  sheds to market.  He was transferred to the USDA located at the Texas A & M Experiment Station in Weslaco Texas in 1996.  He retired February 22, 1980 after 38.5 years of service.

He was a member of the Harlingen Elks Lodge No. 1889, The National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Wesley Methodist Church where he served more than 25 years on the Finance Committee.  He was a long time former member of the Rio Grande Valley Horticultural Society.  He attended every annual seminar held by the society from 1946 through 1994. Mr. Buford and his beloved wife the former Minnie M. Todd, were married October 9, 1937 in Greely, CO..  His hobbies were coin collecting, traveling and dancing.

Survivors include his wife Minnie, daughters, Verna Mae Scott (Bill) of Warner Robbins, GA., Patricia Mems (Bob) of Macon, GA., and a son William R. Buford Jr., (Stacie) of LaFeria, TX.  Sisters Anna Mae Brown Benton of Belton, MO., Marie Webb of Independence, MO and Bonnie Guilford of Kearney, MO., a step-brother, James Buford of Grandview, MO., and a half-brother, J. W. Buford Jr. of North Little Rock, AR.,  Other survivors are 13 grandchildren and 12 great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. Buford and Verna German; and half-sister Janice Buford.

Visitation hours will be held Tuesday, February 10, 2004 from noon to 9p.m. with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to receive friends at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.



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