Richard Lee Buford

Richard Lee Buford, 85, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior January 14 in Apollo Beach, Fla. while surrounded by his family.

A former resident of Jackson, he was born in Holly Springs on February 27, 1932 to the late Charles C. and Dellie Regel Buford.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife Helen DeForce Buford, his parents, and his siblings.

He attended Georgia Tech University and was graduated from the University of Mississippi. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

After working in manufacturing and plant management, he worked for the Mississippi Research and Development Center for 20 years. He was the proprietor of Small Business Services, LLC, where he managed tax preparation, bookkeeping, counsel of small business owners, and also represented taxpayers before the IRS as an enrolled agent. He served as president of the Mississippi Society of Enrolled Agents and was a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and a fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute.

Richard loved his church, First Presbyterian of Jackson, where he enjoyed the Fellowship Sunday School class. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, football, and traveling. He loved the Wrinkled Roosters Club and dearly missed his friends after moving to Apollo Beach in 2008.

Richard is survived by his daughters, Ginger Buford Kritz (Jeff) and Cathy Buford Crick (Jim), both of Apollo Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Ashley Kritz Diaz (Alvaro), Samantha Kritz, Kristin Crick Gourley (Paul), Jimmy Crick (Samantha), Kelsey Crick Badger (Jesse); six great-grandchildren; and his loving caregivers Liz Rosado and Pat Hart.

Interment will be in Holly Springs in a private graveside service.

Memorials may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3010 West Azeele St., Tampa, Fla., 33609 or the Alzheimer’s Disease research center of choice.


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