OBITUARY

Ricky Lee Buffington

August 13, 1953July 6, 2018

Ricky Lee Buffington, age 64, of Raymond, MS, lost his battle with Alzheimer's Disease surrounded by the love of his family on July 6, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Willie and Ester Buffington and his Aunt, Edna Fisher.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dana; his sons Marcus (Meghan) and Brandon (Candi); grand children Caden, Colton, Lindsay and Ty; his sister Jean Willoughby (Mike); his brothers Joe (Sherrie) Buffington and Wayne Buffington.

Born on August 13, 1953 in Jackson MS. He graduated from Central High School and continued his education to become an Electrician working at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, MS. for 30+ years. He grew up in Magnolia Park Baptist Church and served many years as a Deacon at Van Winkle Baptist Church.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who loved people and life to its fullest. He was a person who loved sports, starting at Enochs Jr. High, he was a star basketball player and track runner and continuing at Central High School. He loved fishing, hunting , and the thrill of Nascar races. Named by fellow classmates at Enochs Jr. High School as the "Most Wittiest" and "Loveable," became his trademark for all of his life. His gentle, kind, sweet spirit and ability to make people laugh was very contagious.

The loss we all feel is great. His love for God, family, friends, and even strangers, will be the memories that sustain us. To know Ricky, was to love him. May his spirit and example of living life to the fullness be an example and a model for all. We are comforted in knowing that Ricky "knows" who Ricky is again. The family expresses gratitude and thanks to the staff at Compassus Hospice and The Arbor Nursing Home for the care they provided to Ricky and his family. I'm sure Ricky's last words to each of us would be, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; now the prize awaits me--the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing." (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

A Celebration of the life of Ricky Lee Buffington will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11:00 am with Visitation on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Monday, July 9, 2018 from 10:00 to11:00 am at Lakewood Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Memorial Donations can be made to the The MIND Center at UMMC, Development Accounting, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216 (601-815-4299).

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his parents Willie and Ester Buffington and his Aunt, Edna Fisher.

    He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dana; his sons Marcus (Meghan) and Brandon (Candi); grand children Caden, Colton, Lindsay and Ty; his sister Jean Willoughby (Mike); his brothers Joe (Sherrie) Buffington and Wayne Buffington.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Ricky Lee Buffington

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Charlie Winstead

July 8, 2018

Dana,
I am truly sorry to hear of Ricky's passing. The re are people that you grow up with that leave a lasting impression on your life and Ricky was one of those. All the countless hours in the gym working to improve our basketball skills helped to build bonds that carry through out life even though we go our separate ways. I am truly grateful to have been able to call Ricky my friend. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of loss but also rejoice knowing he is now in a better place and that we will see him again one day.

Charlie Winstead

David Hill

July 8, 2018

Although I only knew Ricky for a brief time in high school he made a lasting impression and I remember him well. I last saw him at our 10 year class reunion.
Central High 1972.

Diane Thomas

July 8, 2018

So sorry for your loss! I remember all the fun times we had at Magnolia Park and at Enochs Junior High even though I was a couple of years ahead of him like Wayne is. We had fun with Juanita and her sisters, playing up and down the street they lived on, just going between the two Buffington houses. I know he will be missed more than words can express. Praying for the family.

Brandon Buffington

July 7, 2018

Sad he's gone but glad he's not suffering any more.

That far away look,
In my father's eyes.
The absence of presence,
Questions without replies.

A lifetime of knowledge,
Slipped quietly away.
An unabashed thief,
Taking more everyday.

My heart left in pieces,
Oh, how I despise.
That far away look,
In my father's eyes.

I love you Dad.

FROM THE FAMILY