Beloved Godly Man
WAYNESVILLE — James Buford Burchfield, 98, of Lenwood Drive, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at his residence.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Lon and Sally Rogers Burchfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Louise Christopher; two sisters and five brothers. He worked in the shipyard in New Port News, Virginia, during World War II and later retired from Dayco with 34 years of service. He enjoyed repairing small engines and tending to his garden. Buford was a member of New Hope Church of God where he served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon. Throughout his wonderful life of faithfully serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Buford was known for his genuine smile and kind heart.
Buford is survived by his wife of 73 years, Gladys Barker Burchfield; two grandchildren, Greg Christopher and his wife, Sherri, and Sherri Christopher Green and her husband, John; and six great-grandchildren, Emily Christopher, James Green, Chad Christopher, Luke Green, Logan Green and Abigail Christopher.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville with Revs. Alan Greene and Bobby Haney officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park with his great-grandchildren serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Projects/Haywood Helps, 2251 Old Balsam Road, Waynesville, NC 28786. This is to support Haywood County’s Homeless Shelter, Next-Step Ministries and Soup Kitchen Project.
For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com.