Billy Joe "B." Buffington(1938 - 2018)

Billy Joe "Mr. B." Buffington 1938 - 2018
Springfield, MO—Billy Joe "Mr. B" Buffington was born November 13, 1938, in Birch Tree, MO, and passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in his home.
He was the only child of William Henry "Hank" and Venita Collette (Thomas) Buffington of Birch Tree. 1956 was his high school graduation with honors. He then worked civil service for a year at Fort Leonard Wood before starting as a music major at the then SMS. He became the charter chapter president for the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia. After three years he graduated with honors and was "Mr. Music" of 1961 with a B.S. degree in music education. He then started his teaching career at Deep Water, MO. After two years, he moved to Miller, MO, for the next 4 years. He and his family moved to Wichita, KS for his Master's in Choral conducting and arranging. The next 17 years they lived in Highland, KS, where he was head of the music department of Highland Community College. The next 20 years he was head of music at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL. During his career he was a member of Music Educators National Conference, American Choral Directors Association, Jazz Musicians of America and various local community organizations. He was devoted in his church, where he was a Deacon and later an Elder, a choir member and a lay speaker. He was clinician director and music judge in MO, KS and IL. He loved being a teacher and working one on one with his students. He received 30 nominations to Who's Who among teachers and twice to Who's Who in Entertainment. He was nominated to the Nation's NISOD award at Texas University, Austin. He was very successful with the Show Choir movement, started in the sixties. He started the Lads and Lassies in Highland and the Express in IL, which were extremely popular with the communities. During his years, his groups performed on cruise ships, in Washington, D.C., were ambassadors from IL to Hawaii, Disney World, Epcot, Universal Studios and MGM Studios. Retirement came in 2005.
He is survived by his wife and co-worker, Linda of 56 years; and two sons, William Greggory "Gregg" Buffington and Diane; and Jonathon Allen Buffington and wife, Rebecca; two grandsons, Andrew Hasek and Matthew Hasek; brother-in-law, Larry Nicholson and wife, Patricia; and several nieces, nephews, former students and Asbury Church family.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Asbury United Methodist Church, under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Charity Christian Cemetery, Dallas County, MO. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Asbury UMC Youth Fund, Asbury UMC Music Department or Season's Hospice.

Funeral Home

Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Inc. - Springfield
1947 East Seminole Street  Springfield, MO 65804
417-886-9994

Published in The Lincoln Courier from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, 2018