Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service

3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC


Mary Alma Buffkin

February 11, 1928February 6, 2020

Mary A. Buffkin, 91 of Wilmington died Thursday, February 6, 2020. She was born February 11, 1928 to Ernest and Flora Tyree in Whiteville, NC

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Gilbert H. Buffkin, Jr. and daughter, Janice Buffkin; four brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Buffkin was a teacher for over 20 years for New Hanover County Schools where she taught grades K-3.

Mrs. Buffkin is survived by her sons: Larry Buffkin and wife Chong of Savannah, GA, Gil Buffkin and fiancée Sally English of Crossville, TN, and Ronald Buffkin and wife Vicky of Wilmington, 11 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren

The Funeral Service will be held at 1pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.coblewardsmithwilmington.com


  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Burial Sunday, February 9, 2020


Mary Alma Buffkin

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Valerie Smith

February 9, 2020

My sincere condolences to the whole family. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing and visiting this lovely lady who I called “Grandma”, like so many others that were- and were not of her blood. A witty and wise character, I enjoyed Walmart, Hwy77, and her favorite Hardee’s on several occasions while enjoying her hospitality-visiting her granddaughter, my best friend, Ashley Buffkin, who was detrimental to her well-being as she aged. I will always remember being silly around her to make her laugh. Falling off kid’s toys in the mall to her delight and her watching me shaking her head, as I did donuts in the parking lot with the handicap cart. I love you Grandma - and I know I will know you again when it is Jehovah's will. Until then, sleep well , dear lady.

Connie Creech-Burns

February 8, 2020

Ms.Alma was a strong, wise, honest & lovely Lady inside & out. A no nonsense Lady. I always enjoyed talking with her about her beautiful garden & Camellias. She along with her generation will truly be missed. Thank you for sharing your love & wisdom with each of us Ms.Alma. RIP