Charlie Radford

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  • "I remember Buster and his brother Ira and their parents..."
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LAGRANGE - Charlie "Buster" Graham Radford, Jr. was born Dec. 10, 1936 to the late Charlie Graham Radford, Sr. and Pennie Lou Smith Radford. Buster departed this life on Aug. 31, 2018, leaving the world a far better place than he found it.
Buster loved the earth and took pride and pleasure in working it. Each season he would plant and tend his garden with great care. He was generous with the fruits of his labor and often shared his crop with those he loved. It was nothing uncommon for friends and family to arrive home to a bag of okra, tomatoes, or new potatoes hanging from the doorknob, a sure sign that Buster had stopped by.
Always the outdoorsman, Buster kept his yard in pristine condition. His grass was to be cut a certain way and the flowers tenderly cared for. During the Christmas season, Buster's house and yard were brightly lit with hundreds of strands of lights from the fence posts to the porch railing. He was proud of his home and his yard and loved to showcase them.
When Buster wasn't outside, he could usually be found tinkering inside the barn with his many tools, his cat by his side. His Sunday afternoons were spent watching NASCAR, and he looked forward to football season and cheering on his Carolina Panthers.
Buster was faithful in worship at LaGrange Church of God, where he was a longtime member. If the doors were open, Buster was in church. Each member of his church family had a special relationship with him. He took it upon himself to teach and encourage young and old alike. His church family and friends always enjoyed Buster's back-and-forth bantering and his keen sense of humor. He thoroughly enjoyed seeing others laugh.
The consummate family man, Buster's entire world revolved around his beloved children and grandchildren. He was a dedicated husband to his sweetheart of 57 years. Not only were Buster and Fran husband and wife, they were best friends. Kay, June, and Justin fondly remember the special times shared with their daddy, whether fishing and cutting the grass or out for a breakfast date. For Nelson, he was the best father-in-law and friend a man could have. Jordan and Mercedes were the apples of their Pa's eye, and no one could love them more. Justin, Jr., Hannah, and Stella stole Buster's heart. His greatest joy was to hold his babies in his arms.
Buster's commitment to helping others and the selfless sacrifice of his time endeared him to everyone he knew. Never one to speak a discouraging word, Buster made it a point to encourage and assist others as much as possible. Always willing to make time for others, he had a way of making everyone feel as though they were the most important person in the world. The genuine Christian love he radiated will continue to warm our hearts for time and eternity to come.
A service to celebrate and remember Buster's life will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Rouse Funeral Home with Rev. Honey Ball (as affectionately deemed by Buster) officiating. Interment will take place at Cobb Cemetery.
Buster is survived by his wife, Frances Stallings Radford; daughters Kay B. Gourlie and June Rich, and husband, Nelson; son, Justin Radford, and wife, Katie; grandchildren, Jordan Brock, Mercedes Rich, Hannah Radford, and Justin Radford, Jr.; great-granddaughter, Stella Grey Brock; and step-grandchildren, Gwendolynn and Brandon. In addition to his parents, Buster was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth and Ira Nelson Radford; a sister, Barbara Radford James; and son-in-law, Kevin Gourlie.
Friends will be received during the hour before the service. Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

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Published in Free Press on Sept. 2, 2018
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