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Buford Marion Dugger died peacefully at home and with his Family on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the age of 93. Born April 4, 1920 in Lytton Springs, Texas, he was the son of Lee Marion and Ada Vanlandingham Dugger. A lifelong resident of South Texas, Buford was a well known rancher, cattleman, farmer, and businessman. He always had a special love for horses - quarter horses, thoroughbreds, roping horses - and delighted in watching many he'd raised go on to win Horse Races in several States. Buford was a natural athlete, excelling in football, basketball, baseball, calf roping and team roping.
After graduating Robstown High School, and attending Texas A&M and Texas A&I, he married his high school Sweetheart, Ida Belle (Jennings) Dugger. High School Favorites their Junior year, Buford and Ida Belle recently celebrated their 73rd Wedding Anniversary. After serving in the Navy (WWII), Buford and his family relocated to a Ranch in Live Oak County in 1948. He was actively
involved in community affairs - a member of the Three Rivers School Board, co-founder/operator of Live Oak Livestock Auction, co-owner of Three Rivers Dairy Queen, and partner in LBT (White Tail Deer breeders). Buford was also a long time member - a Deacon, then an Elder - of the Three Rivers Church of Christ. He counted himself fortunate to have formed many Friendships over the years, young and old, and from all walks of life. On reflecting, he expressed gratitude for "good health" and "the many and wonderful opportunities" he experienced.
Buford is survived by a loving Family - his wife, Ida Belle Dugger and sons, Ronald Buford Dugger, Allen Scott and wife, Carol, and Thomas Lee Dugger and wife, Sherry. Grandchildren include Dawn Rodriquez, Dusty Soliz, Geoff, Ryan, B.J., Ashley, K'Loni, and Allison Dugger. Great-Grandchildren include
Joseph and Haley Rodriquez, Caden and Paxton Soliz, Jaxson, Cooper, Channing, Sawyer, Ryder, Joleigh and Dylan Dugger. His parents, Lee and Ada, two sisters, Ella Dugger Herring and Vivian Dugger Good, and two brothers, Lynn and Elton Dugger preceded Buford in death. Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm at Roberson's
Funeral Home, 212 W Thornton St, Three Rivers, Texas.
A Graveside Service will be conducted at the Three Rivers Cemetery (US Hwy 72 East) on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 11 am.
A "Celebration of Life" reception will be held at the Gurwitz Community Center (directly across City Hall on US Hwy 281) following burial.
Memorials may be sent to Cherokee Children's Home
and Sunny Glenn Children's Home. Services entrusted to Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers, Texas. Visit our website at robersonfuneralhomes.net
Roberson's Funeral Home
212 W Hwy 72
Three Rivers, TX 78071
Published in Express-News on Oct. 1, 2013