Clarke County Democrat


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Willard Raymond “Buff” Buffington, 83, entered into the eternal rest of his Lord Dec. 20, 2023, at his home in Silver Creek. He was an educator and coach for 43 years and a member of Hepzibah Baptist Church.

Buffington was born June 29, 1940 in Lucedale, Miss. to Oliver Elisha and Mary Heathcock Buffington.

He is survived by one brother, Glenn (Connie) Buffington of Haslet, Texas; three sons, Tony (Christina) Buffington of Hattiesburg; Stanley Buffington of Union Church; Chris Buffington Sr. of Hattiesburg; one daughter, Bridgette (Kenneth) Strange of Gulfport; two bonus daughters, Ramona ( Jody) Neal and DeeDee (Bo) Barnes both of Silver Creek; 12 grandchildren; four bonus grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and 11 bonus great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Frankie Buffington; his brother, Roland Buffington; his son, Clay Buffington; and a bonus great-grandchild, Kaelyn Louise Barnes.

Funeral services were Dec. 23, 2023 at Hepzibah Baptist Church with Glenn Buffington will officiate and the Rev. Matt Robinson assisting.

Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Buffington Jr., Ramondo Buffington, Tommy Eubanks, Anthony Buffington, Dawson Barnes and Layton Neal.

Honorary Pallbearers were Aubrey Strange, Andrew Buffington, Jared Neal and Dillon Barnes.

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