|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1928|
|Death: ||May 22, 2004|
"THE PARIS NEWS", May 24, 2004: Former county commissioner dies - A man who served in local government as a county commissioner for 16 years died Saturday at Paris Regional Medical Center. A lifetime resident of the Caviness community, J. E. 'Gene' Buster served as Lamar County Precinct 3 commissioner from 1977 to 1988, and then again from 1992 to 1996. He also ran unsuccessfully for county judge in 1989. Funeral services are Tuesday. Arrangements are by Gene Roden's Sons Funeral Home.
'Commissioner Buster was a dedicated, thoughtful public servant,' former County Judge Brady Fisher said. The only time Buster had missed a commissioners meeting was to attend a funeral, and it was only half of a meeting, Fisher said. Buster served on the court at the end of the 'good ole days in county government,' Fisher said. Decisions were made unanimously by all commissioners, he added. A dairyman and rancher by trade, he owned the Buster Dairy Farm from 1956 to 1970 and operated the County Store at Emberson. But Buster devoted his spare time to civic duty.
He was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Woodstown, Okla., to Wirt and Mable Buster. He married Kikue Mori on July 16, 1951, in Tokyo, Japan. They have two children, Russell Buster and Roy Buster. Buster attended schools in Caviness, Emberson and Paris as well as Central High School in Sumner. He received degrees from Southern Methodist University, and an associate's degree in business from Lamar Business College. He was a member of the Sumner United Methodist Church, where he was a trustee. He was also a member of the Methodist Men of North Lamar Paris. Buster's involvement had included Odd Fellows, Lions Club, Red River Valley Fair Association and Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department. He was president of the Mount Tabor Cemetery Association. He also had membership in the Texas County Judge and Commissioners Association and the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Lamar County Democratic Party and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served as director of the Lamar County Appraisal District. Buster served active duty in the United States Army from 1948 to 1954 and was overseas in the Far East for 39 months. He was active with the Boy Scouts, 4-H Club and the Senior Citizen Board.'
"THE PARIS NEWS", May 24, 2004: 'J. E. 'Gene' Buster, 75, of Paris died Saturday, May 22, 2004, in Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, in Gene Roden's Sons Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Yarbrough and the Rev. Bob Seale officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Tabor Cemetery under the direction of Gene Roden's Sons Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
He was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Woodstown, Okla., the son of Wirt and Mabel Cleere Buster. He graduated from Central High School in 1946. He then attended Southern Methodist University on scholarship and also attended three years of business school. He served his country in the United Stated Army from 1948 until 1954. He married Kikue Mori on July 16, 1951, in Tokyo, Japan. He was the owner and operator of Buster Dairy Farm from 1956 until 1970. He then owned and operated the Country Store at Emberson. After owning and operating several businesses he ran for public office. He was elected county commissioner for Lamar county Precinct 3 from 1976 until 1996, at which time he retired. He was a member of Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, Lamar County Democratic Party, president of Mount Tabor Cemetery Association, Veteran of Foreign Wars of the United States and Lamar County, former member of the Lions Club and served as director of the Lamar County appraisal district. He was an acting member at Sumner United Methodist Church where he was a trustee and also a member of Methodist Men of North Lamar Parish. His passions were dominoes and good cattle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill Buster; his sister, Kathrene Buster; and grandson, Will Buster. Survivors include his wife, Mori; sons, Russell Buster and wife, Linda, and Roy Buster and wife, Carol; 2 grandchildren, Mori and Jeb; sisters, Helen Hickman and husband, Bill, Janice Winford and husband, Roy, and Linda Reynolds; and a brother, Jack Buster.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Buster, Preston Hickman, Scott Winford, Kobin Reynolds, Jeb Buster, Mark Buster, Eddie Kropp, Brandon Thompson, Storm Reynolds, Nathan Reynolds, Cody Sanders, Davy Bivens and all nieces. Honorary pallbearers will be David Buster, J. L. Wideman, Ed Lattimore, J. C.. Howell, Dick James, Dode Wheeler, Gary Chapman, Billy Dennis, Jimmy Gullion, Hopewell Dominoes Players, PrimeTime Dominoes II and Lisa House, PrimeTime supervisor. If desired, the family suggests memorials be made to Mount Tabor Cemetery Association.'
Wirt Buster (1896 - 1990)
Mabel Christina Cleere Buster (1905 - 2003)
Kikue Mori Buster (1930 - 2008)
Billie Joe Buster (1926 - 1990)*
Johnny Eugene Buster (1928 - 2004)
Jack Kenneth Buster (1932 - 2005)*
Kathryn Ann Buster (1950 - 1961)*
Married July 16, 1951. SFC, US Army, Korea.
Mount Tabor Cemetery
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