Buford Eugene Devor

May 6, 1937August 7, 2017
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Norfolk - Buford E. Devor, 80, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend passed away on Aug. 7, 2017. Born in Bluefield, VA, Buford was a long-time resident of Norfolk, dedicating 26 years of his life to serving the community as a member of the Norfolk Police Dept. where he retired as a sergeant. He also worked in security for 14 years at DePaul Medical Center. In 1962 Buford met the love of his life, Sylvia M. Branch with whom he spent 55 years celebrating their love and dedication to each other and their family.

Buford was an amazing athlete who led Graham High School in Bluefield to the state basketball championship. He was offered full scholarships in basketball, football and golf, before accepting an offer to play basketball for South Texas College. After college Buford served his country with the U.S. Army for 6 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph F. and Grace L. Thompson Devor; brothers, Richard and Ralph Jr.; and sister, Patricia Smith.

Buford is survived by his wife, Sylvia Devor; daughter, Debra Glaunert and husband Dick; daughter, Cathy Devor-Coppolino and husband John; brother and best friend, Ronald Devor and partner Connie Brikholz; grandchildren, Brian Doka and wife Megan, Lisa Doka and fiancé Robert Moyer, Angela Parish, Brianna Coppolino, and Johnny Coppolino; and his five great-grandchildren, Nora Doka, Amelia Babb, Elijah, Patrick and Rory Parish.

Buford was a man of great integrity who always put family first, but his family knew he also found tremendous joy in golf. He was a long standing member of the Kempsville Greens Golf Club where he played almost daily with the “Kempsville Marauders" or the “Blitz.”

A celebration of his life will take place at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel at 2:00 PM on Sat. Aug. 12th, followed by burial at Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday night at the funeral home. You may offer condolences to the family at Memorial Donations may be made to the Kempsville Mens Golf Assoc. scholarship fund.


  • Visitation Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 12, 2017

Buford Eugene Devor

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Donald Smith

August 17, 2017

I am so, so terribly sad to learn of Mr. Devor's passing. My heart goes out to Mrs. Devor, Cathy and Debbie. Mr. Devor was a man I have respected and admired my entire life.

He was a great and honorable man who loved his family above all else. I have so many wonderful memories of Mr. Devor, most are of his humor.

August 13, 2017

I am sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with you during your time of mourning. Isaiah 61:1,2 ; Matthew 5:4

August 13, 2017

I remember Buford when I first joined NPD in 1973. He along with Sgt. Vaughan, W.I. Moore, Paul Elmore, C.J. Smyth, Earl Hannah were my first Platoon Sgt's. But Buford, I thought he was so cool, sharp, calm and collected. God bless him and everyone in his family. D.I.(Bucky) Hampton

Pammela Savage-Ranaldi

August 12, 2017

Cathy & Family - Our sincere condolences, love and thoughts are with you this day and always for your beloved father, grandfather, uncle and husband. He was truly a gentleman and wonderful example of a patriarch.

Gwendolyn Portlock

August 12, 2017

To Debbie, Cathy and Mrs. Devor,my prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to you and your entire
family! May he rest in peace!

Frederick Bowling

August 12, 2017

Worked for Sgt Buford Devor, got to know him as a police officer, family man and a friend. During my time working with him, met his family and learned a lot about police work and life in general. The world has lost a great man. Rick Bowling

Ron Quesenberry

August 12, 2017

Sylvia and Family,

I was deeply saddened when I heard of Buford's passing. He was one of a kind and I will always cherish our memories as classmates, team mates and best friends.It was so good to visit with him at our last high school reunion, recalling the good times we shared over the years. Rest in peace, my friend, and wishing you a safe journey.You are already missed.

Carolyn Stubbs

August 11, 2017

My condolences to the family and loved ones of Sergeant Devor.. He truly was a wonderful person and an asset to NPD. One of the most laid back, kind persons I ever worked with. Was always a pleasure running into him at Bon Secour Depaul after we retired from NPD. RIP, Sarge. I'm sure you are in a better place.

Lawrence Corbett

August 11, 2017

Sarg That is what I called him many times. Buford was my first sergeant on the NPD. What a great man he was, he was kind considerate and above all a great mentor. He seemed to always be calm even in the most tense situations. It was a great start for me being a rookie police officer to have such a man to help shape my time on the PD. He will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. To the Devor family my sincere condolences at this time of loss. Gods speed Buford.

Willie McClam

August 11, 2017

May God Bless the Buford family during the lost of your lone one. He was a great man who was love by all. I had the pleasure to serve under Sergeant Buford in my first assignment to the Detective Division. He truly was a great leader of men and a caring person. I will pray that his spirit and mannerism live on forever. He will be missed by all, "MAY GOD BLESS"