Buford Rudell Thomas went to be with the Lord on April 27, 2018. A native of Samson, Alabama, he was born on December 29, 1930 to the late James Carlie and Ada Victoria King Thomas. He was also predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Marie Cook Thomas and his siblings, Thelma Smith, Vester Farris, A. C. Thomas, Lillie Pearl Burkett, Audrey Wise, Edward Thomas, Orell Thomas and Mary Nell LaFlam.
Buford retired from the U. S. Navy and from Shop 66 of Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Nansemond River Baptist Church.
Surviving are his four children, David Turpin (Carol), Beverly Cutchins (Jerry), Cheryl Strickland (Gary) and Michael Thomas (Lisa); six grandchildren, Eric Vickers, Michelle Cutchins Butler (Trent), Elizabeth Strickland Simpkins (Casey), Justin Thomas, Marisa Thomas and Anna Thomas; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private and handled by Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake, VA. Please visit his Book of Memories at www.grahamfuneralhome.com to leave a message for the family.