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Willard Raymond Buffington

Funeral services for Willard Raymond “Buff” Buffington were held Dec. 23, 2023, at Hepzibah Baptist Church, with interment following in the Hepzibah Cemetery.  Glenn Buffington officiated, assisted by Rev. Matt Robinson. Saulters Moore Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mr. Buffington, 83, entered into the eternal rest of his Lord Dec. 20 at his home in Silver Creek.

Serving as pallbearers were Chris Buffington Jr., Ramondo Buffington, Tommy Eubanks, Anthony Buffington, Dawson Barnes, and Layton Neal.  Honorary pallbearers were Aubrey Strange, Andrew Buffington, Jared Neal, and Dillon Barnes.

Mr. Buffington was born on June 29, 1940, in Lucedale to Oliver Elisha and Mary Heathcock Buffington.  Buff was an educator and coach for 43 years and a member of Hepzibah Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Frankie Buffington; his brother, Roland Buffington; his son, Clay Buffington; and a bonus great-grandchild, Kaelyn Louise Barnes.

Buff is survived by three sons, Tony (Christina) Buffington, of Hattiesburg; Stanley Buffington, of Union Church; Chris Buffington Sr., of Hattiesburg; one daughter, Bridgette (Kenneth) Strange, of Gulfport; two bonus daughters, Ramona (Jody) Neal and DeeDee (Bo) Barnes, both of Silver Creek; 12 grandchildren; four bonus grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, 11 bonus great-grandchildren; and one brother, Glenn (Connie) Buffington, of Haslet, Texas.