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  • Charles Thomas Buford

  • Charles T. Buford, age 89, of Nixa, MO, went to his heavenly home on January 18, 2013.



    He was born July 13, 1923 in Granby, MO, the son of Forest and Nona Buford.

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  • Charles T. Buford, age 89, of Nixa, MO, went to his heavenly home on January 18, 2013.
    He was born July 13, 1923 in Granby, MO, the son of Forest and Nona Buford.
    He graduated from Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Kansas, class of 1941.  After high school, he went to work for Kansas City Southern Railroad in Pittsburg, KS.
    On April 20, 1943, he was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Standlee.  Charles was a veteran of WWII in the United States Army and served his country from 1943 until 1945.  He returned to his work at the Kansas City Southern Railroad Company after his military service, where he was employed until a heart attack forced early retirement in 1977. The couple lived in Pittsburg, Kansas for 60+ years and raised a family of four children, two daughters, Sherry and Linda, and two sons, Stan and Steve Buford. They enjoyed 70 years together as a couple.
    He found pleasure for many years in church attendance which included First Assembly of God, Open Door Fellowship and Lighthouse Tabernacle during his years in Pittsburg and enjoyed singing and leading in praise and worship with every opportunity.  He sang at churches, weddings, funerals, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship functions, nursing homes all his life. His mother and siblings loved to sing and he gave his children a love for music and great memories of family gatherings that included him breaking out in song and the whole family joined right in.  Often family circle prayers around the table would include the doxology in full harmony. Every road trip was filled with family songs of praise.  He loved the old hymns and could recite most of them from memory.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Forest W. and Nona Paul Buford, two sisters, Nadine Stark and Helen Whitmore, a brother, William E. Buford, and a granddaughter, Jodie Strausz Lane.
    He is survived by his wife, Gerry Buford of the home, two daughters, Sherry Foley Stone of Nixa, MO, and Linda Strausz Smith of Moundridge, KS; two sons,  Stan Buford of Springfield, MO, and Steve Buford and his wife Jodie of McKinney, TX; Grandchildren: Debbie Foley, of Nixa, MO, Greg & Jackie Foley of Lecompton, KS, Kristi Strausz Porter of Moundridge, KS, Mike Strausz of Moundridge, KS, Matt & Lesha Strausz of Moundridge, KS,  Schaan & Michelle Buford of Austin, TX, Troy & Amanda Buford of Seoul, Korea, Melissa Buford of Washington, DC, Dan & Lisa Buford Hill of Anna, TX, and Kim Buford of Garland, TX; Great-Grandchildren include: Kayla and Kourtney Foley, Katelyn Goering, Thomas, Gavin and Andrew Porter, Mariah and Hannah Strausz, Tay and Luc Scarlett, Chase, Kaeden and Karsyn Strausz, Bryaana and Braadyn Buford  and Asher Buford; Extended family includes cousins, 11 nephews and 12 nieces.
    Services to celebrate the life of Charles T. Buford will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 26th at the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church, 5th and Pine Streets, Pittsburg, KS, with Pastor Daryl Gaddy officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, North Hwy #69, in Pittsburg, KS, with the Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No. 64 of Pittsburg conducting the flag folding ceremony. Visitation will be from 6:30-8 pm on Friday, January 25th at Brenner Mortuary on east 4th Street in Pittsburg, KS.  Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East Fourth Street, Pittsburg, KS.
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