Lawrence J. Buford Jr.

August 3, 1923December 16, 2013

Lawrence John Buford, Jr. passed away in Austin, Texas on December 16, 2013 at the age of 90. He was born in Morgan City, Louisiana on August 3, 1923 to Lawrence John Buford and Mary Jane Coleman Buford.

After growing up in Morgan City, Lawrence served in the South Pacific with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He then attended Louisiana State University, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education. His first assignment took him to Biloxi, Mississippi, where he taught science and mathematics. He eventually became principal at Biloxi High School.

While in Biloxi, Lawrence met and married Yvonne Duvic in 1950. They became the parents of three sons - John, Bob and Paul. In 1961, the family moved to Austin, where daughter Laura was born.

In Austin, Lawrence taught science at Lamar Junior High School before being promoted to Science Coordinator for the Austin Independent School District. He eventually became Assistant Superintendent of AISD and retired in 1983. During retirement, Lawrence enjoyed birding with the Texas Ornithological Society, teaching Sunday school at Crestview United Methodist Church and serving on the scholarship committee of the Austin Retired Teachers Association. He also enjoyed spectator sports, especially cheering on his LSU Tigers.

Lawrence was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Yvonne Duvic Buford, in 2005. He was also predeceased by his siblings - Gerald Buford, Tom Buford and Lil Pelegrin.

Lawrence is survived by his children - John Buford (and wife Cindy), Bob Buford (and Amy Carey), Paul Buford (and wife Martha) and Laura Buford. He is also survived by his grandchildren - Kelly Sapstead (and husband Brent) and Kevin Buford (and wife Misty), and by his great-grandchildren - Noah Buford, Bailey Buford and Ellis Sapstead.

The family would like to express special thanks to our cousin, Joel Duhon, for his caregiving and companionship to Dad during the past three years.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 20, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home at 6100 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin. The funeral service will be on Saturday, December 21 at 10:00 am at Cook-Walden, followed by a private burial at Assumption Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Crestview United Methodist Church, 1300 Morrow Street, Austin, TX 78757. the ARTA Scholarship Fund, c/o Linda Harvey, 5602 Westminster Drive, Austin, TX 78723. the LSU Foundation 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759 or your favorite charity.


  • Visitation Friday, December 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Allan Becker

December 21, 2013

Our condolences go out to all of the Buford family members. From reading about the history of Mr. Lawrence, it is obvious he lived a long and full life, demonstrating a commitment to family and the Austin community as an educator.
May God's peace be with Mr. Buford and to all the members of his family as we all now share in the celebration of his life,
Allan and Linda Becker

December 21, 2013

I so well remember Mr. Buford from Lamar Junior High School. He was fun, caring, and one of the best Science teachers I ever had. Sincere sympathy to the family. Sharon Orr Duncan

Linda Harvey

December 21, 2013

I will always remember Mr. Buford as a welcoming, passionate educator and faithful member of ARTA. It was under his leadership that I became an active member of the ARTA Scholarship Committee, now ARTA Foundation, which diligently continues to award scholarships to all 13 AISD schools each year. May God comfort you at time with his love and peace.

Laura Moliter

December 20, 2013

Sincere sympathy to your family in this time. I know Mr. Buford was a special individual and will be missed. Blessings and peace to all.

Laura Moliter (friend of Joel Duhon's)

Elizabeth Newell

December 20, 2013

Mr. Buford was a truly inspiring man. He was my colleague for nearly 5 decades and I adored him.
I remember him entering my classroom with his little pocket-size notebook, getting out of his little white truck in my church parking lot to meet his birding group, presiding at Austin Retired Teachers Scholarship Committee meetings and navigating the gym on his walker at ARTA meetings.
Conversations always included teasing. fun banter about Louisiana food and dance (or, sports), red boots, aging, etc.
I will miss him sorely.
My condolences in all of the family.

Wes Turner

December 20, 2013

John, Bobby, Paul and Laura. Your family were some of the best friends I ever had. I adored your Mom and Dad. I had the greatest respect for Mr. Buford who was always someone I admired and looked up to. He treated me like a son on so many occasions. I was also just a little scared of him too. Shirley and I love you all.

John Rohrer

December 20, 2013

John, Bobby, Paul and Laura. Your family was an important part of my life growing up, and I always loved and respected your Dad and Mom. Your Dad was also one of the best teachers that anyone ever had. I often think about the science lessons and life lessons he taught us.
Suzanne and I love you guys.

Idanell Allman

December 19, 2013

Mr. Buford was one of my favorite teachers at Lamar Jr High around 1963. I'll never forget his wonderful smile. Idanell Brown Allman

December 19, 2013

Paul - what wonderful tributes to your father! As a teacher myself, it warms my heart to read the comments from his students and colleagues. You were mightily blessed!! We love you, Kerry and Elaine

Brenda Keller Spiker

December 19, 2013

As a former student at Lamar, I remember fondly for his kindness, constant smile, and twinkles in his eyes! My best thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.