Ernest "Boots" Lee Buff

June 15, 1934March 5, 2018
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Maggie Valley-Ernest "Boots" Lee Buff, 83, died on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. Boots was born in Haywood County on June 15, 1934, to the late Rufus and Estella Trantham Buff. Boots was a unique person, well known in Maggie Valley. He worked in logging, farming and at the Stompin' Grounds in Maggie Valley for over 25 years. Boots was a fixture on the bench located at Soco Grocery where many of the country's issues were discussed and solved.

In addition to his parents, Boots was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur, Luther, Paul, Sam, and Rufus, Jr. Buff; and sister Thelma Mehaffey.

Boots is survived by brothers, William Fred Buff (Becky) and Way Buff (Anita); sister, Marjorie Ludlow (Bill); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 10, in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with the Reverend Jerry Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm on Friday, March 9, at Garrett Funerals and Cremations.

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  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ernest "Boots" Lee Buff

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March 10, 2018

Neighbors and friends forever and always a wave when passing by. Boots will be missed . Piggyback rides as a kid , sharing his flowers with me and his stories about his animals. Boots and Stella will be planting glorious flowers in heaven together. So many years of wonderful memories. Dad and I are so sorry for your loss and our prayers go out to the entire family. Robert Williams Sr. and Karen

Junior Carpenter

March 10, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss.Boots was a great person and will never be forgotten.Keeping you all in our hearts,thoughts,prayers.Junior Carpenter,Lynn Setzer,Joe Jr Setzer

Robert Markle

March 9, 2018

I will always cherrish the short time of 3 years that I got to enjoy Boots but I will forever remember the many nights I stayed at the store until closing just to hear the wonderful stories he told me. I'll miss you dearly my friend. Rest easy.

Harold Hannah

March 7, 2018

I spent many hours with the Buff family in the home 1948-1952. Always had an enjoyable time and wonderful food at a big table and played music afterward.....Harold Hannah

Jack Campbell

March 7, 2018

"Boots" will be missed. I have pleasant memories of him at the Shell Station and the liars bench. We had a lifetime friendship!

Garrett Funeral Home

March 5, 2018

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.