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Ewell Dale Buford

1936 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Ewell Dale Buford passed away at his home surrounded by those who love him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ida and Alva Buford; brothers Tex and Elmer Buford; sisters Opal Davis, Olean Whitt and Lois Latham; son Ricky Buford and beloved pet Lumps.
He is survived by sisters Delilah Ruth (Jessie) Herrington, of Alamogordo, and Millie Bennett, of Newark, Texas; his loving wife and devoted friend of 36 years, Jan Buford; and beloved pet Lady Bug. His children are Danny (Nan) Buford, of Gautier, Miss.; Alan Buford, of Orlando, Fla.; Mickey Buford, of Kokomo, Ind.; Christina Curry and Brandon Curry, of Mandeville, La.; and Chris (Debbie) Buford, of Lubbock, Texas. His grandchildren are Karie Owens, of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Michael Tansil, of Baltimore, Md.; Danny Buford Jr., of Mobile, Ala.; Andy Buford, of Gautier; Alan Buford II, of Orlando; Steven Buford, of Havelock, N.C.; Conner Buford, of Orlando; Candy Buford, of Moss Point, Miss.; Zack, Joel and Miles Buford, of Lubbock; Dustin Curry, serving in Afghanistan; Holden Curry, of Mandeville, La.; and Caleb and Chance Curry, of Gulfport, Miss. His great-grandsons are Cord and Dylan Sartin, of Ocean Springs; and Logan and Ethan, of Moss Point; and his great-granddaughters are Tiffney and Isabel Tansil, of Baltimore, and Abigail Buford, of Mobile. He had numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in New Mexico, Michigan, Texas and California.
Born among the mesquite trees of Lone Grove, Okla., on March 19, 1936, orphaned at age 4, he was raised in Tularosa by his sister Delilah Ruth (Jessie) Herrington. He was an outstanding starting center for the Tularosa Wildcats. During his life he lived in Tennessee, Rhode Island, California, Colorado, Texas and Mississippi. He honored his country by serving and retiring from the U.S.. Navy as a decorated Vietnam veteran who loved, honored and respected his country. He was a cancer and Hurricane Katrina survivor.
He was most thankful for his loving family, good food and that he lived long enough to see his beloved New Orleans Saints finally win a Super Bowl. He was an avid sportsman who excelled in basketball, softball, bowling and table tennis, and was considered a Master Gardener. He enjoyed cooking, eating and especially his visits to the base commissary. When he traveled he planned his routes not by towns but by his favorite restaurants, whether fast food, fine dining or local dives.
His personality was one in that was contagious and would always bring a smile to the faces of those around him. He had a great sense of humor, loved telling jokes, never met a stranger and was truly beloved by all who knew him. He enjoyed life, living as a simple man who appreciated the simple things of life - his family, friends, animals and the local farmer's market.
He requested no funeral or memorial service but only to have his life remembered with a smile or a laugh. We, those whose lives that he touched, will truly miss his love, guidance and wisdom that he shared with us. The Lord has truly received an angel among men. Hey Dad - "How 'bout them Saints?"
The Buford family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 18 to June 18, 2011
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