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Information for Bernard Riley Bufford Sr.
31 July, 1912 19 February, 1992
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
February, 1992
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Bernard Bufford Sr.

     Bernard R. Bufford Sr., 79, of Nampa, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1992, at a Nampa care center.  Services will be held Monday, Feb. 24, at Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa, with the Rev. John Anderson, a member of the Fairview Church of the Nazarene officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
     Bernard was born July 31, 1912, at Mountain View, Ark., the fourth of six sons of Finis E. and Martha Jane Montgomery Bufford.  He grew up and attended schools in Arkansas.  He farmed in Arkansas and married Hattie Lee Bullard on June 26, 1935, in Stone County, Ark., and they made their home and farmed in Arkansas until moving to California in November 1929.  Bernard and Hattie ran a dairy farm near Bakersfield until moving to Nampa in 1954.  They farmed here for a time and then he became an employee of the Simplot Food Processing facility in Caldwell and later worked as a boiler operator for the Birds-Eye Division of General Foods in Nampa until he retired in 1974.  He then enjoyed working part-time for Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Nampa for three years.  In 1955, he and Hattie and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bradford were instrumental in organizing the First Southern Baptist Church in Caldwell.
     Bernard was a member of the Fairview Church of the Nazarene, Nampa, a member of Nampa Association of Retired Persons and the American Association of Retired Persons.
     Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Hattie Lee, of Nampa; a son, Bernard R. Bufford Jr., of Boise; three daughters and a son-in-law, Ella Jane Kock of Grandview, Wash., Eva Joyce Weaver of Cowiche, Wash., and Juanita and Marshall Brisbin of Nampa, a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Bufford of Fort Smith, Ark.; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and a son-in-law.