FEBRUARY 27, 1930 ~ DECEMBER 7, 2018 (AGE 88)
Today we gather to honor and celebrate the life of Martha Bufford. A mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, friend, church member, and mother-in-law.
Martha Bufford was born February 27, 1930, in Hardeman County to the late Bessie Bufford Robertson and the late Johnny Dotson. She made her earthly transition on December 7, 2018, to her peaceful eternal home, Heaven.
Martha accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of the Clover Garden CME Church for many years, and later baptized into Christ and served as a faithful member of Tate Road Church of Christ until her health failed. Martha attended school in the Hardeman County School System. She was very creative and talented. Sewing was one of her creative passions. She made her first dress from a pattern she made out of newspaper. She loved gardening, planting flowers in all seasons and participating with the Bolivar Senior Citizen. She never met a stranger, she befriended anyone she came in contact with. She was also a foster grandparent for Southwest Human Resource Agency for many years.
Martha was known for always looking her best; showing off her suits, dressing up in African attire that she had beautifully sewn, wearing hats and her skinny jeans. She expressed many times “I don’t have much, but I can still look good and when I go to Heaven I’m going to be looking good.” She loved to eat fish on Friday’s. She was passionate about family. She had a smile that would light up a room, like a ray of sunshine especially when she saw her grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren that she had been blessed with.
In her early adult years, she was known for reciting spiritual poems at churches and loved singing “Doctor Watts” hymns. She would often say “God has been good to me, I’m Blessed, I might be crippled up with arthritis, but I don’t hurt, I’m not in pain and I’ve lived a good life.”
For a short time, Martha was united in holy matrimony to Robert Lee Hill; to this union, one child was born.
Martha was preceded in death by both parents, Bessie Bufford Robertson and Johnny Dotson; six sisters, Edna Mae Bufford, Betty Jane Wilson, Mary Allen (her twin), Qunicella Sails, Gertrude Tate, and Opal Lee Henning; seven brothers, Jessie James Polk, Willie Ray Bufford, Otha Ray Bufford, Thomas Earl Bufford, Jonathan Robertson, Samuel Bufford, and Willie Andrew Bufford; one son, Albert “BoHog” (Heidi) Bufford; three grandchildren, Clay Bufford, Anthony Bufford, and Kimberly Green; three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Martha leaves to cherish her memory: five loving daughters, Dorothy Marie Pearce of Whiteville, TN, Christine Winters of Stanton, TN, Martha Jean Bass (Charles) of Denver, CO, Earnestine Bufford of Denver, CO, and Judy (Mike) Fuller of Bolivar, TN; two loving sons, John (Dean) Hill of Whiteville, TN, and Vernard (Wynema) Bufford of Denver, CO; one brother, Jonny B. Dodson of Milwaukee, WI; three sisters; Pearlie Mae Bufford of Brownsville, TN, Ocie (James) Holmes of Whiteville, TN, and Nadine Green of Whiteville, TN. Martha also leaves to cherish her loving memory twenty-six grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a dear companion for many years, Albert Ragland.