Charles Gordon Buford

April 11, 1961October 8, 2021

Charles Gordon Buford, better known as Chuck, Chuckles, Chaz, and Popsi, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2021. It was just a few short months ago that he celebrated his 60th birthday at a glorious garden party, surrounded by dozens of friends who loved him dearly.

Chuck was born and raised in Ivanhoe, California by Charlie and Bonnie Buford, along with two brothers - Rick (Val) and Mike (Terry) - and two sisters Judy (Dolph) and Betty. He attended Redwood High School in Visalia. He was born with a warm and caring heart, and a genuine smile. He had a beautiful singing voice and twice toured the US with gospel singing groups. He was also gifted with a sly and witty sense of humor and impeccable comic timing, to the enjoyment of all who knew him.

On the day of his passing, someone asked if I thought Chuck was "fulfilled" - a pretty big thing to ask of one's life. But of course, he was fulfilled. He had reached a level of genuine professional success; he was loved by more good, close friends than most people ever have a chance to know (including especially all the Loggers and other good folks at the Pub); and he was blessed with an adoring family - his husband of 26 years Sal Ayala, their two daughters Samantha and Destiny, and granddaughter Brianna.

He will be sorely missed by all those whose hearts he touched.

A visitation for Charles will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel, 202 North Teilman, Fresno, CA 93706.

For floral remembrances, please consider A Secret Garden, 522 Pollasky Ave., Clovis CA 93612, (559) 297 0883.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Buford family.


27 October

Celebration of Life

10:00 am

Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel

202 North Teilman
Fresno, CA 93706


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 16, 2021


Charles Gordon Buford

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Mike and Marilyn Everson

October 15, 2021

Remembering you from our many visits to your home in Visalia . I remember taking you out to dinner with your Mom and Dad when you were a little boy and you had your very first Lobster. You were always a very fun loving boy with a beautiful voice. You will be missed by all.

Anthony “Tony” James

October 12, 2021

So sad that Chuck passed and way to soon! He was quick with a smile and a laugh. He and I spent many a Friday night in Wasco, at the video store his sister owned, making popcorn and renting videos, then driving back to Bakersfield. We would then go out and tear up the town!! He was a great guy and will be missed by Sal and his girls and their families. Kind thoughts and condolences to you Sal.