MARCH 24, 2004
Buford N. Chambers, son of Virlon and Eppie Ann Chambers, was born in Blooming Grove, Texas on January, 28, 1917, and departed this life on March 12, 2004, in Seiling, Oklahoma.
Buford started school in Hobart, Oklahoma, completing his formal education through 8th grade in Elbert, Texas.
On March 4, 1939, he married Mable Naoma Huley in the Methodist parsonage in Elbert, Texas. Five children were born to this union; Anita Pearl, who died in infancy, Donna Harrelson o f Arnett, Oklahoma, Sherilyn Colvard of Chelsea, Oklahoma, Wayne Chambers of Clovis, New Mexico and Virlon Chambers of Mound City, Missouri.
Buford was truly an "old time" cowboy, and his life reflected this having worked on many ranches throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Some of these ranches included McKinney ranch, Buckle L. Matador, and Muleshoe ranches in Texas, and Schultz Cattle Company and Davison and Sons Cattle Company of Oklahoma. His love and knowledge of horses and cattle was unsurpassed. He enjoyed watching and participating in cutting horse and team roping events. He also enjoyed attending rodeos and range roundups. In his later years, his greatest joys were found in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Naoma, daughter Donna Harrelson and husband Don, daughter Sherilyn Colvard, son Wayne Chambers, son Virlon Chambers and wife Sherry, daughter in-law Cathy Chambers, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Durward Chambers and wife Mabel of Weatherford, Texas and sister Joyce Farris and husband Duane of San Antonio, Texas, brother-in-law Leo Thomas of Ft. Worth, Texas, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and older sister, Novaline Thomas, and infant daughter.
Graveside memorial services were held March 16, 2004, in the Harmon Cemetery, Harmon, Oklahoma. Services arranged by Sha3w Funeral Home, Arnett. Oklahoma.
Submitted by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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