Bobbie Mae Buford

– 07/28/2022

Obituary for Bobbie Mae Buford


Bobbie Mae Buford, age 97, entered eternal rest, Thursday, July 28, 2022. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend.

Preceded in death by parents, Robert Buford Sr. and Lessie Buford; daughters, Shirley Smith and Sylvia Christine Martin; sons, Jerry and Ronald Buford; grandson, Caleb Gaston; sisters, Juanita Womble, Georgia, Edna, and Velma Buford; brothers, Robert Buford of Tucson, AZ and Robert Buford of Cartersville, GA; nieces, Sandra and Camilla Womble; nephews, Gregory and Gerald Buford; great nephew, Ramond Womble; sons-in -law, William Martin Sr. and Victor Smith Sr.

Bobbie was a longtime devoted member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where she faithfully served in the Moses Club and the Homeless Ministry. She truly loved her church and was especially grateful for all who came to lift her up in prayer during her declining health. Throughout her lifetime Bobbie found great joy in welcoming relatives and both old and new friends into the Buford home for endless fellowship and always something delicious to eat. Fondly recognized as the historian of the family, she was happy and eager to share family history and stories. Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews all found unconditional love in her. Bobbie held onto her faith through personal pain and tragedy and stayed strong as she embraced God’s blessings and His grace. She stood on God’s promises.

She leaves to forever cherish her memory, devoted sons, Kenneth Buford Sr. and Ernest Buford Sr.; sister, Johnnie Davenport; grandchildren, Victor (Darla) Smith Jr., Vincent (Tracy) Smith, Maria (Curtis) Lundy, Lacquicia Smith, Ernest Buford Jr., William (Ozzie) Martin II, Jerrica and Jerry Buford Jr., Ayauna Martin, Jeron (Tonya) Nolan, Kendra Willis, Kenneth Buford Jr., Candace (Tony) Frazier, Miss Williams, and Misty King; nieces, Jo Ann Buford, Linda Thomas, Brenda Lamar, Cheryl Buford, Jackqueline (Vincent) Clark, Johanna Buford, Sharon (Larry) Robinson, Belinda Womble, Dawn Buford, and Linda Joe Tandel; nephews, Odell Buford, Sherman (Rose) Buford, Dexter Buford, Charles (Sherree) Buford, and Bernard Buford; a host of great-grandchildren, great-nieces, and great-nephews; other relatives and friends to include the McGhee and Kimber families; devoted cousin, Virgina Riley; special friend, Robin Smith; lifelong cherished friends, Pat Hardin and the Hensley Family.

Family visitation, 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 8, 2022 at Mount Zion Baptist Church; funeral service, 12:00 noon; Reverend Dr. Johnnie W. Skinner Sr. Officiating.

Interment, New Gray Cemetery.

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Monday, August 8, 2022
11:00 a.m
Mount Zion Baptist Church
2714 Brooks Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914

Funeral Service

Monday, August 8, 2022
12:00 noon
Mount Zion Baptist Church
2714 Brooks Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914


Monday, August 8, 2022
New Gray Cemetery