Buford Childress


             March 12, 1930   –   November 3, 2021


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Buford Childress

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our father, Buford Childress.  He passed away into God’s loving arms on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at the age of 91, following a brief battle with Prostate Cancer.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and son.

Buford was born to Farley and Dora Childress on March 12, 1930, in Roe, Virginia.  He was the eldest of (6) children.  His brothers, including his father, were mostly coal miner’s.  Instead, Buford decided to join the Army and served in Korea from 1950 – 1953.

After his enlistment, he settled in Bothell, WA, later moving to Seattle, WA.  He went to work for Crow Roofing (Seattle) and became a dedicated roofer and eventually becoming their main Foreman.  After a brief semi-retirement, he went back to the roofing industry and worked a few more years as Superintendent for Snyder Roofing until finally making a full retirement.

He made many friends everywhere he went and was well respected not only by his close circle of friends, but by many in the roofing industry.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and dirt-bike riding.  He also joined a bowling team with several of his buddies.  He enjoyed all of the numerous cars / trucks that he purchased throughout the years.  He enjoyed watching TV especially westerns, which starred John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.  Finally, he loved his martini’s.

Later in life, he married the love of his life, Marie Duhamel, on June 8, 1974.  Marie passed away from natural causes on November 3, 2017, at the age of 91 as well.

Buford is survived by (3) loving daughters, Elaine Zimmerman, Elise Smith (Matt), and Gina Laflin (Jim), (1) son, Joseph Childress, (1) brother, Ralph Childress, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Church Services:  St Matthew Catholic Church

Address:  1240 NE 127th, Seattle, WA

Time:  11:30 AM

Burial:  Holyrood Catholic Cemetery

Address:  205 NE 205th, Shoreline, WA

Time:  Immediately following church services

Due to Covid restrictions in the Seattle area, there will be NO reception following church services.



4 Responses to “Buford Childress”

  • Tad Cook says:

    I never knew him, but when I was about 18-20 years old (1970-72) a man picked me up hitchhiking and told me if I needed a job as a laborer on roofing jobs, that I should call Crow Roofing, and ask for Buford Childress. I never called, but somehow the name has stuck in my memory over the past half century and I did a double-take when I saw the death announcement in the Seattle Times. Sorry for your loss. By the way, I do not intend to attend the service, but the funeral home does not list the date anywhere, only the time, 11:30 AM.

  • Lynne Trichler says:

    I am Buford’s oldest child. I was born on his 23rd birthday. My sons are Jason and Travis. Their sons are Tyler, Armani, Toran, Kingston, Jovanni, Geovanni, Andre, Greyson and McKinley. Rest In Peace Daddy. I love you.

  • Jason Trichler says:

    I choose to remember all the good times we had. You tickling me and biting my cheeks!

    I definitely remember you getting the newest Lincoln town car or awesome truck. I think it is why I have my passion for cars. Your lake house, your huge Christmas tree.. and Marie always so nice to me with her French accent.

    May you both RIP

  • Greil mooney says:

    Thinking of you Lynne. Wanting to hear from you not to start up anything but find you well… our lives crossed for a short time. You were an important person in my life.

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