Funeral services for Mr. James “Jim” Thomas Buford, age 85, will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Espy officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be at the church on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 5 P.M. till 8 P.M. and again on Saturday from 10 A.M. till service time at 11 A.M.
Jim was born in Tigrett, TN to the late Isaac Marion Buford and Lula Frances Perigan Buford. He attended Peabody High School and graduated “Class of 1955”. After attending different colleges, he obtained his B.S. Degree from Austin Peay. Jim married Jo Breathitt on September 7, 1963, and started his family whom he loved dearly; especially his grandchildren. He worked as an insurance adjuster for different companies until his retirement. At home he was a farmer at heart and raised many different kinds of animals; including goats, horses, and hogs. Jim was a member of Gibson County North Gideon camp where he served as a past president.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ike and Frances Buford; brother, Albert Sidney Buford; daughter, Catherine Buford; brother-in-law, James Haak.
Jim is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Jo Buford; daughters, Shawn (Nick) Butler, Holly (Michael) Longmire; brother, Rex (Wanda) Buford; sister, Judy Haak; grandchildren, Olivia Butler, Tyler Longmire, Emma Butler, Logan Longmire; nephews, Brian Buford, Chris Haak.
Pallbearers to serve are Nick Butler, Michael Longmire, Tyler Longmire, Logan Longmire, Brian Buford; honorary pallbearers are Rex Buford, Randy Bartholomew, Chris Haak, Larry Milligan.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donation for Bibles be made to the Gibson County North Gideon Camp.