Buford Roy Williams
August 30, 1935 – December 4, 2018
Buford Roy Williams Jr. was born on August 30, 1935 in Chicago, IL to parents Buford Roy and Henrietta (Goe) Williams and entered into eternal rest on December 4, 2018 at the age of 83. Buford graduated from Lindblom High School and attended Chicago Community College for 2 years and Northern Illinois University for 1 years. He proudly served in the United States Army and Reserves. Buford worked for Oxy Dry Printing Controls for over 7 years. He then operated his own sales and service business while managing a seafood processing business for 15 years. Buford married the love of his life, Barbara Carlson, on July 25, 1964 in Highland Park, IL. He was a man of integrity and tenacity who loved God, his family, this country and corny jokes. Buford was a very patriotic man and proud to have served. He passed down his love of country to his family, especially to his grandchildren. Buford enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and was an avid reader. He loved working with his hands, fixing cars and building things. In his younger years he was a member of Holy Nativity Church in Chicago, IL and served as an altar boy, was a youth group sponsor and sang in the choir. In Buford’s later years he was a member of St. John’s in Dallas, Texas. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. Buford will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Buford was preceded in death by his parents, first grandchild, great-granddaughter Hayden Moore, beloved sister Carolyn Hartney and brother Arthur Donald Williams.
He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Williams of Malakoff, daughter Laura Vanderford and husband Chip of Eustace, grandchildren; son Zachery Vanderford and wife Lauren of Dallas, Corinne More and husband Kacy of Gladewater, Faithe Sharpless and husband Shelby of Indiana, Quenton Reeves Carlson Vanderford and wife Katelyn of Wylie, great-grandchildren; Hannah, Hailey, Hunter, Holden, Hensley, Ava, Samuel and baby Sharpless, sister Marie Nelson of Chicago, IL numerous nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.