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Buford E. Smith passed away in the early morning hours of June 19, 2020, in Palm Coast, FL, just 25 days shy of his 87th birthday, and almost 5 ½ years after the death of his beloved wife, Henrietta M. Smith.
In Memoriam:

Buford Edwards Smith
1933-2020

Buford E. Smith passed away in the early morning hours of June 19, 2020, in Palm Coast, FL, just 25 days shy of his 87th birthday, and almost 5 ½ years after the death of his beloved wife, Henrietta M. Smith.

He was born to Buford Botts Smith and Dora Lee Smith (Britt) on July 15, 1933, in Lucas, KY. He graduated from Glasgow High School, Glasgow, KY, in 1951. He and Henrietta were married on December 27, 1952, and set up their first home in Evansville, IN, where all four of their children were born. He and his wife retired to Jasper, GA, in 1998 where they spent many years together in the foothills of the Appalachians.

Buford began and ended his career in milling, beginning with Igleheart Brothers, a General Mills operation in Evansville, and retiring from ADM Milling in Beech Grove, on the outskirts of Indianapolis, IN. Additionally, his career saw him with increasing responsibilities in milling operations in Camp Hill, PA; Chester, IL; Jackson, TN and Auburn, KY. He was a long-time member of the International Association of Operative Millers, regularly attending and supporting its annual conferences.

Buford converted to Catholicism and attended and supported the Catholic church in all communities in which he and his family lived, his final parish being Our Lady of the Mountains, in Jasper, GA.

Buford was often described as a classic southern gentleman, was honored as a Kentucky Colonel, was soft-spoken and gracious and a master in making mint juleps.

Buford was often described as a classic southern gentleman, was honored as a Kentucky Colonel, was soft-spoken and gracious and a master in making mint juleps. He was a responsible father and spouse with an amazing work ethic. He was a certified pilot and loved flying his plane. He was an avid bridge player, an above average golfer, and enjoyed socializing with the many friends he made in the places in which he lived.

Buford is survived by his four children and their families: Philip and Sandra Smith, Palm Coast, FL, Buford’s granddaughter Amanda Hengle and spouse Robert Hengle and great-grandchildren Kelby, Kinsley, and Kami, and granddaughter Alison Velazquez and great-grandchildren Kalum, Kameron and Kasey; Jama and Carl Budke, Parkville, MO, Buford’s granddaughter Corinne Abernathy and spouse Brandon Abernathy and Buford’s great-grandchildren Lily and Cooper; Craig and Cynthia Smith, Knoxville, TN, and Buford’s grandson Evan Smith; Alison and Gary Wildermuth, Palm Coast, FL, and Buford’s grandson Trent Wildermuth and spouse Hannah Wildermuth and Buford’s grandson Travis Wildermuth.

He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Moore of Glasgow, KY. He has many nieces, nephews and in-laws, all of whom add to a large and extended family that he loved and enjoyed.

SERVICE:
A memorial mass will be held at our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper, GA, on April 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon reception to follow.

DONATIONS:
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Arbor Tree Foundation designating your donation to planting trees in memory of Buford.

 

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