OBITUARY

James "Jim" Douglas Buford

October 8, 1941September 29, 2019
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James “Jim” Douglas Buford, age 77, of Shawnee, Kansas passed away on September 29, 2019 at Beautiful Savior Home, Belton, Missouri.

Jim was born in his grandmother’s parlor in Cole Camp, Missouri on October 8, 1941. He always said a star shown over the house that night. Jim worked for General Motors, was a restaurant/lounge manager in Platte City, Missouri and a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways from September 1, 1976 until his retirement June 29, 2002. After his retirement from Consolidated Freightways his wife, Brenda, convinced him to become part of the mission of Beautiful Savior Home, a non-profit Christian based long term care facility where she was also employed. Jim loved the people at Beautiful Savior. He and his wife together carrying out God’s mission until the Lord took him home.

Jim married Brenda on April 11, 1987. Jim had a daughter Debbie and a son Brian. He had three grandchildren, Ryan, Jessica and Sydney. A sister Janice Spaulding, a brother John William “Bill” Buford. He was excited and blessed to become acquainted with two other brothers Rudy Broyles and Roger Broyles several years ago. Jim was blessed with many nieces and nephews.

Jim was passionate about his country and did not back away from discussing his politics. He posted his opinions daily on Facebook. He enlisted in the Army February 18, 1959 and served until he was honorably discharged March 28, 1962.

He loved his motorcycles. He wanted to be able to ride his Harley one more time but it was not to be. The last couple of years he would sit on his deck, watch the wild life and listen to the passing motorcycles longing to be able to ride his.

Jim had a quick wit and a kind and compassionate spirit. He made friends everywhere he went. People would always remember Jim.

Jim was preceded in death by his father John, his mother Ruth, his sister Janice and his grandson Ryan. He is survived by his wife Brenda, his children Debbie and Brian, his grandchildren Jessica and Sydney, his brother Bill Buford and sister-in-law Mary Buford, their children and grandchildren, his brothers Rudy Broyles and Roger Broyles and their wives, children and grandchildren, his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019, Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. A Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 6:00pm. A reception will follow at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beautiful Savior Home, 1003 South Cedar Street, Belton, MO 64012 and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

  • FAMILY

  • John William Buford (deceased), Father
  • Ruth Lorna (Schnakenberg) Buford (deceased), Mother
  • Janice Spaulding (deceased), Sister
  • Ryan (deceased), Grandson
  • Brenda (Anderson) Buford, Wife of 32 years
  • Debbie Buford, Daughter
  • Brian Buford, Son
  • Jessica & Sydney, Grandchildren
  • William "Bill" Buford, Brother
  • Mary Buford, Sister-in-law
  • Rudy Broyles, Brother
  • Roger Broyles, Brother

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, October 11, 2019

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Jim as a little boy

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Jim's school picture

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Jim, his sister Janice and brother Bill

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Jim's school picture

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Jim's school picture

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Jim's school picture

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Jim and little brother Bill

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Jim and his daughter Debbie

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Jim's sister Janice Spaulding, in the center his wife Brenda, his sister in law Mary Buford. Back row his brother in law David Spaulding, Jim center and his brother Bill Buford. Taken in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Jim as a little boy

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Jim's school picture

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Jim, his sister Janice and brother Bill

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Jim's school picture

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Jim's school picture

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Jim's school picture

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Jim and little brother Bill

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Jim and his daughter Debbie

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Jim's sister Janice Spaulding, in the center his wife Brenda, his sister in law Mary Buford. Back row his brother in law David Spaulding, Jim center and his brother Bill Buford. Taken in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Biography

Jim’s childhood was filled with adventure. He had his friends the “Brushcreek sewer rats” who would follow the sewer system from 47th and Jarboe into Kansas. They would make rafts and ride the waters of Brush Creek. Jim said his mother would be furious with him when he would get home because his clothing smelled so bad but he nor his friends really noticed. He and his buddies had many great adventures throughout his childhood. He and his friends, including Jimmy Goodrich and Bob Richmond found lots of mischief. Jim reminisced often with great fondness the good ole’ days of his childhood. He talked about learning to play golf with his good friend Jimmy.

Jim grew up with his older sister Janice and his younger brother John William “Bill” Buford, Jr. Jim was always very proud of his siblings. His “little brother”, Bill Buford gave him lots of bragging rights and he took advantage of the chance to brag about his “little brother” every chance he got. Bill said when they were kids they fought all the time and that was fine unless someone else wanted to whip his “little brother” who by the way wasn’t so little. Jim would step in and have his brother’s back. When Jim’s little brother was in Vietnam and was missing in action for a few days, Jim actually went to re-enlist so he could go find his brother. Fortunately, his brother Bill was found and Jim did not complete his re-enlistment. Bill was also involved in a SWAT operation near Waco, TX in 1993 and was wounded. Jim told his brother he was loading up his guns and was headed to Waco to make sure the bad guys paid for what they had done to his baby brother. That’s the kind of guy Jim was, always looking out for his family not thinking of his own safety. Jim said his father, John Buford, taught him to never walk away from trouble to walk right through it with his head held high.

Jim knew his biological father had left the family and that John William Buford had adopted him and his sister Janice when they were very young. Several years ago he was able to get in contact with two brothers from his biological father, Rudy and Roger Broyles. He enjoyed the relationship he had with them and was happy that he had found them.

Jim possessed a charm and charisma that allowed him to make friends wherever he would go. The grocery store, restaurants, auto shops, no matter where he went he made friends. He had a talent for making people feel at ease and was always a great conversationalist. Jim would spend time learning about his new friends and their likes and dislikes. Throughout his life he has had many friends.

Jim’s brother Bill tells the story of a visit he and Mary and Jim and Brenda made to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Bill and Mary were looking for Jim and Brenda. They went into a shop and were asked if they needed help and Bill said he was looking for his brother when he described him they knew immediately it was Jim and directed them to his whereabouts.

Jim was a generous and kind man. If someone needed help he would be there to help. He would give his last penny to someone in need. He told the story of once stopping to assist some people along the highway. It was a man and woman with three little children in the back of the car. He helped them get their car started. He didn’t have much money in his pocket at the time but he gave them all the money he had. Several miles later he stopped at a convenience store to get a soda and saw the same man and woman buying beer with the money he had given them. Although he was upset by what he saw it did not stop his generosity. Jim’s quality of being a caring, loving person did not stop him from continuing to help others.

Jim was an Army veteran. He was loyal to his God and country to the end. He enlisted in the Army February 18, 1959 and was honorably discharged March 28, 1962. He received the Good Conduct Medal. He was stationed in Hohenfels, Germany, the U. S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Training Area, the largest U. S. Army Europe maneuver training area. The mission of USAG Hohenfels is to conduct maneuver training for all U.S. Army Europe Combat Battalions and to support NATO training activities. It is the home of the 7th Army Training Command, the Combat Maneuver Training Command, and the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. There he learned about an orphanage nearby. Once again, Jim’s generosity and compassion shown forth. Jim was always a caring and loving man. He set about raising funds for the orphanage. He found the orphanage could really use a freezer in order to preserve food. He immediately went about raising the funds for a freezer. Not only did he get the freezer he procured food to stock the freezer. Jim spoke often of how much it meant to him to be able to help the lady that ran the orphanage and the children of the orphanage. He considered helping the orphanage to be one of his greatest accomplishments while in the service of his country.

When Jim returned home from the service of his country, he married Jerri Ann and together they had two children, Debra “Debbie” and Brian. They made their home in Platte City, Missouri. Jim became the manager of the Restaurant and Lounge in Platte City. Jim told the story of Jeanne Pruett, an American Country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star best known for her 1973 country hit, “Satin Sheets” coming to the Lounge to perform. She asked Jim to give her a tour of Platte City. He talked about the night he drove Jeanne Pruett around Platte City for years after. Jim was sad that his marriage to Jerri Ann ended in divorce but was proud of the two children the marriage produced.

Jim loved handling cattle and became a “cattle hauler” with Bell Creek for several years before landing his job as an over the road truck driver for Consolidated Freightways. Jim felt the job suited him well because it allowed him to travel and get paid for it. Jim worked for Consolidated Freightways from September 1, 1976 until his retirement June 29, 2002.

Jim had a friend named Karen Lindquist who owned a tanning salon in south Kansas City. Jim was visiting Karen’s salon one day when she told him she needed to take some medication to her son at work. Her son worked at Anderson Rental in south Kansas City. Jim went with Karen to take her son the medication. When they entered the shop, Janet, the owner’s daughter was standing behind the counter. Janet said the minute she saw Jim she knew she needed to introduce him to her sister, Brenda. As fate would have it, the phone rang and who was calling, but Brenda. Janet said to Brenda, I have someone I want you to talk to and handed the phone to Jim. Jim and Brenda spoke for a few minutes. Janet gave Jim Brenda’s number and told him to call her. Jim was not one to call such numbers, nor was he keen on blind dates but something told him he needed to keep this number and give Brenda a call. Jim called Brenda a few days later. That chance meeting turned out to be a love story that would last the remainder of Jim’s days.

Jim and Brenda married April 11, 1987. Both Jim and Brenda were Lutheran, attended Lutheran school. Jim’s mother Ruth, went to nursing school with Brenda’s Pastor’s sister. Some of Ruth’s friends were Brenda’s mother’s friends. They had never met but yet their lives had been entwined. Jim and Brenda believed that God chose them for each other. Jim and Brenda enjoyed life together. They traveled and eventually ended up working together. Brenda is the Administrator of Beautiful Savior Home, a Christian based, not for profit, long term care, rehabilitation and assisted living community. Brenda’s mother was one of the original founders of the home. It was her mother’s passion and became her passion. After Jim’s retirement, Brenda asked Jim to come and help with the mission that was Beautiful Savior, as the Project Manager. Jim was hesitant at first but then agreed. He started work, July, 2002 and remained at Beautiful Savior the remainder of his time here on earth.

Jim’s faith was important to him and he had a strong belief in God which he showed in a post he made on Facebook. A widow friend of his posted on Facebook a passage called “A Widow’s Heart”. Jim posted a response to this passage which a portion follows, “A man in failing health does a lot of worrying about what the effect of his passing would be on the woman he loves. There seems to be no solution other than her staying close to our Creator and believing that the day will come when you laugh together again.”

Jim was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and had attended grade school there. He went on to become a chartered member of Christ Our Savior in Louisburg, Kansas.

Jim was a strong supporter of the Republican Party and Donald Trump. In years past Jim had been a Democratic supporter but he firmly believed the Democrats were on the wrong path for our country. Anyone who followed him on Facebook was well aware of his feelings about the Democrats. He was loyal to his country and a loyal supporter of Donald Trump and was not afraid to share his opinions on the subject.

Jim was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Jim’s favorite pets was Bugsy, a Boston Terrier. They were best friends for 11 years. Bugsy sat with him in his big easy chair, went with him fishing, rode in his truck with him looking for Big Foot. Jim loved telling his Big Foot story. The story goes something like this. One cold winter afternoon he and Bugsy were riding through Shawnee Mission Park, a favorite activity of theirs, near a creek when Jim spotted a large, hairy figure walking along the creek bed. The figure motioned for him to follow but both he and Bugsy decided it would be in their best interest to go notify the Park Ranger of their sighting. They found the Park Ranger and told him the story. The Park Ranger had a good laugh but said he would investigate. The Park Ranger would ask him later when he would see Jim if he had spotted Big Foot lately. Jim told that story many times over and was convinced he and Bugsy had seen Big Foot that day. Sometime later there was a news article stating there had been a Big Foot sighting in the approximate area Jim had seen him. Jim took that as evidence positive he had indeed seen Big Foot.

Jim enjoyed his back deck with the gazebo on it when he became too ill to get out and about. His deck was his refuge. He watched the wild life, watched his tomato plants and the squirrels that kept grabbing his tomatoes. He would get so angry with them but at the same time he loved watching them.
Jim became acquainted with our new next door neighbor Cara, while sitting on his deck. Cara is a young girl in her early twenties. Cara found some brown recluse spiders in her house and was terrified. She had exterminators coming and sticky traps all around and was afraid to return to her home. Jim was sitting on his deck which he so enjoyed and watched Cara as she tip toed around checking for spiders. Jim said to her, “Cara, live your life and if you get bit deal with it then”. That was Jim. He believed in living life to the fullest every moment of every day.

Everyone whose lives he touched will dearly remember Jim Buford. As his cousin, Lynn Sue said, “to all of you who didn’t know Jim, you totally missed the one of a kind boat.”