|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1919|
|Death: ||May 2, 2011|
Lum was born July 15, 1919, in Wiley, Colorado the son of John Thomas and Maggie Alice (Dallas) Buffington. He was raised in rural Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Lum served in the United States Army, 3rd Division, 125th Regiment, Company A., during World War II seeing service in North Africa, Sicily and the Invasion of Italy. He was married October 18, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia to Miss Mary Louise Smith. A long time employee of Gaso-Pump of Tulsa, Oklahoma from which he retired in 1982. His true passion in life was farming and gardening which he looked forward to every spring.
Lum was preceded in death by his parents John and Maggie, His wife Mary Louise in 1976, and a infant daughter in 1951. His second wife Marguerite and his good friend Elizabeth Kieth; Ten brothers, Philip; Hamilton; Henry; Thomas; Rolley; Arlan, Harlen; Walter; John James Sr and Joe Buffington, three sisters, Hattie Luney; Cindy Frazier and Pauline Buffington.
Lum is survived by daughters Barbara S. and Nancy L. by his son-in-law Bruce who cared for and loved grandfather like a son. Three grandchildren, Jenifer, Jane and Robert two precious great granddaughters Autumn and Ellie. He is also survived by his last living sibling Alice.
Tribute from daughter Barbara.
In the eyes of the world my Dad may not be judged a successful man. He leaves very little behind him except two daughters who love him and three grand-children who care about him and two wonderful great grand-daughters. But as I have gotten older my Dad has become a symbol to me of a man who never gave up. He never fulfilled that dream of his and my Mom's to have a small acreage where they could raise a big garden and have cows and chickens but he kept right on going.
He didn't sit down and give up and say I can't do it. Nancy and I may have never had everything we thought we needed when we were growing up but we never went hungry and we always had clothes on our backs and a roof over our head. And he taught us right from wrong and every day I will bless this man that taught me that you should never be ashamed to take jobs that require back-breaking labor and not much brain work. I don't remember my Dad ever taking a hand out except one Christmas when I was very sick with pneumonia and he let the Shriners or some other group give Nancy and me some toys for Christmas and you could tell that even that bothered him. And so dear sweet old Dad Nancy Lou and Barbara Sue, the hungry two bid you a sweet farewell and pray that God has reserved for you that acreage in heaven so that you can finally have your cows and chickens and your big garden to feed all the ones you love in heaven because you have earned here on earth. I love you and will miss you.©
John Thomas Buffington (1878 - 1952)
Maggie Alice Dallas Buffington (1892 - 1967)
Mary Louise Smith Buffington (1923 - 1976)
Sister Buffington (1951 - 1951)*
Grace Hill Cemetery
Plot: Sec D, Blk 5, Lot A, Sp6.
Created by: Robert
Record added: May 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69252333