James Floyd "Buddy" Hosford passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Red Oak. Service: 2 p.m. Monday in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel with Rev. Bob Harper officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Peak Cemetery in Midlothian. Visitation: was 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wayne Boze Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to a Pee Wee Football or Little League Baseball organization of your choice. Buddy would also appreciate donations to the Seabee Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 657, Gulfport, Miss. 35902-0657. Buddy was born on Nov. 13, 1920, in Sterrett and attended Waxahachie High School, Trinity University (where he played football) and SMU. He was a retired postal carrier in Waxahachie and rural carrier in Red Oak where he resided until his death. Buddy was a pillar of the Waxahachie community, primarily during the '60s and '70s, when he was active in youth sports and with Waxahachie High School. The 1962 Waxahachie High School Annual was dedicated to him for his contribution to and involvement with school activities. Buddy was named State of Texas chairman for the American Legion in 1977 and was responsible for bringing four state tournaments to Waxahachie. He was selected as outstanding Legionnaire of the local post in 1968. He and his wife, Gwen, were named Outstanding Citizens of Waxahachie by the local Chamber of Commerce in 1964. He was twice named Indian Booster of the Year. He was an active member of the local Lions Club and coached the Lions Little League team for many years, along with a Pee Wee Football team. He was also active in the Junior Olympics and the Punt, Pass and Kick Program. Buddy was a proud World War II
veteran serving in the Navy Seabees which was the Naval construction battalion, a true patriot, he was responsible for the formation of an annual reunion which continued for over 50 years. Buddy was a true Southern gentleman-somewhat shy and reserved and never a self promoter. He led, coached and taught young people by example, ie., hard work, integrity, tremendous energy, and a very special sense of humor that enabled him to "connect" with kids. A finer man never walked the earth, he was a gift to all who crossed his path. Buddy was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Gwen, in 1998; sisters, Mary, Betsy and Pearl; brother, Tom B.; and parents, Tom and Pearl. Survivors: His son (by choice-not by blood), Gary E. Vasseur, and wife, Suzanne, and their daughter, Kate, and son, Nathan; nieces, Joan Sharp and husband, Rick, Gayle Holcom and spouse, Chuck, Pearlita Price and husband, Walter, Sharon Hendrickson and husband, Tommy, Caye Pratt and husband, Allan, David Muirhead and wife, Glenda, Henry Muirhead and wife, Sally; sister-in-law, Lee Ellen Cross; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.