Michael Howard Buff LINCOLNTON - Michael Howard Buff, 54, of Lincolnton, North Carolina, passed away gently on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013. Mike was a gregarious, big-hearted man with an infectious chuckle and warm wit. Those fortunate enough to have known him will also remember him as articulate, intelligent and dogged in his pursuits. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Donald R. Buff. He is survived by his wife, Susan of Lincolnton, mother Billie Dean (Cashion) Buff of Lincolnton, sister Kelly (Buff) Barge and husband Rich Barge of Fayetteville, NC, brother Brad Buff and wife Ann of Raleigh, NC and Great Aunt and Uncle Edith and A.J. Lemmond Jr. of Lincolnton. Mike is also survived by 8 nieces and nephews, Joseph, Jacob, Warren, David, Adam, Laura, Joey and Danny, and by his beloved great-niece Charlotte Rose. Mike was employed for over 30 years with Airgas/National Welders Supply Company and held the position of Vice President Marketing and Strategic Products. In addition to his work, Mike's greatest passions included Appalachian State University football (his Alma Mater), gardening, deep-sea fishing and boating of any kind. He also loved gadgets, tinkering and fixing things. He was always first to lend someone a helping hand. Mike will be missed by all and remembered in our hearts forever. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, August 11, 3:00 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 3097 Asbury Church Rd, Lincolnton, NC. The family will greet friends in the church fellowship hall beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. At Mike's request, a celebration of life party will be held this autumn in his honor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 10866 W. Washington Blvd #343, Culver City, CA 90232.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 10, 2013