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Bufford Walker, affectionately called Bew was born February 28, 1960, in Thomasville, Georgia to parents Sarah Belle Anderson and Willie B. Walker. He was educated in the Thomasville school system attending Dunlap Elementary, Douglass Middle School and Thomasville High School where he played football (linebacker and defensive end). He later attended Tuskegee University where he continued his football career playing linebacker.
Bufford moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1979 and after working several jobs landed at Textron Aviation where he became a Quality Control Inspector and remained employed for over 30 years. He would later complete both his bachelor and master’s degrees at Baker University in Wichita.
He was a faithful servant of New Zion Baptist Church and had the upmost respect for his Pastor, Rev. Calvin Williams. He loved New Zion where he served as a minister of the gospel and a member of the praise team. He loved music, all genres and had an amazing singing voice. He was an adamant, self-taught golfer and enjoyed regular golf outings, trips, and tournaments with friends and not-for-long strangers. He always had a story to tell after spending hours on the course with his “golf buddies” who became more like brothers.
Many people might describe Bufford as a quiet man, full of wisdom and always willing to serve. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He loved his family and was proud to be a Walker Man. He was most proud of his sons and grandson.
On October 2, 2021, at 9:04p Bufford peacefully drifted into eternal sleep. He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Renée; children, Steve, OJ, Darnell, Darian, and Rashida; one grandson, Jaylen; his siblings Wille (Sabrina) of Wichita, Sarah Lee and Susie McGriff of Thomasville, GA, and Stephen Walker (Jackie) of Clarksville, Tennessee; A loving mother-in-law Annie Louise McCondichie, and sisters-in-law Vanessa Maxwell, Gale and Sophie, all of Chicago. He also leaves uncles, aunts and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16.
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