Buford Tillman Abeldt, Jr.

March 18, 1970 - January 17, 2021

Buford Tillman Abeldt, Jr. of McKinney, Texas passed away on January 17, 2021 at the age of 50. He was born on March 18, 1970 to Buford Tillman Abeldt, Sr and Melissa Patterson Abeldt in Haskell, Texas. Buford graduated from Lufkin High School in 1988 and Stephen F. Austin State University in 1992. He worked for RedSail technologies, formerly QS/1, as a sales representative of pharmaceutical software for over 20 years. Buford married Jean Marie Grilz on May 27, 2000 in Little Canada, Minnesota. 

Buford was a faithful and loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all he met. He was an avid historian and researcher of genealogy. He was an explorer, full of mischief and questions for which he was determined to find answers. Buford was, in all things, a humanitarian. He participated in local and world missions both through monetary support and personal volunteerism. He personally saw to the efforts of providing water to those in need by working diligently with Living Water, International.

Buford was purposeful in every aspect of his life, devoted to insuring first and foremost that his family was provided every opportunity to discover their dreams while making their hopes a reality. Buford is known best by the masses for his loyalty in friendship. Friendship with Buford meant you were the center of whatever moment the two of you were sharing. As a “friend” you could anticipate an unexpected visit if he happened to be passing through town on business, or a scheduled dinner to celebrate your most recent accomplishments and or a call to provide you with the latest joke or a new discovered useless fact.  Buford embodied being a gentleman to mankind and a gallant servant of the Lord God, His Savior.

Buford is survived by his wife, Jean Abeldt of McKinney, Texas; daughter, Grace Abeldt of McKinney, Texas; son, Benjamin Abeldt of McKinney, Texas; parents, Buford and Melissa Abeldt, Sr. of Lufkin, Texas; brother, Jeffrey Abeldt of Tyler, Texas; sisters, Monica Hailey of Prosper, Texas and Meredith Abeldt of Winter Garden, Florida and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Due to the current circumstances surrounding the protocols of laying our loved one to rest, we are limiting attendance. We appreciate your understanding, love, and prayers as we encourage you to join us on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. as the service will be live streamed at https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/buford-tillman-abeldt-jr After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Living Water International. Water.cc/.donatehonor

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I have had the pleasure of knowing Buford for well over a decade. He is one of the nicest people you would ever meet. What I remember most about Buford was his love for his kids. Every time Buford and I would cross paths the first topic out of his mouth was an update about his kids. I can't believe he is gone from this life. However, I do know wherever he is, Buford has already made it better! RIP Buford. Your friend Sam Sanchez Albuquerque NM Sam Sanchez, March 15, 2021 I knew Bufford for many years, since our children attended elementary school together. He was always super kind, friendly, and positive. Although I know Bufford went to wherever good people go when they leave this earth, this news of his passing is extremely disconcerting for my family and me. We pray that his loved ones can find peace. Our hearts go out to them. Peter Litwin, March 2, 2021 So sorry Buford don't know why the good die so young and people like me keep on going. My two brothers died at 61 and 73, both had everything one could want. Fred Preston, February 25, 2021 Buford was the best. I have such fond memories of him. Back when I was working with Jean and Buford he was such a pleasure to be around, always upbeat, honest and sincere. I'm terribly sorry for your loss, and you are in my thoughts and prayers. With gratitude to have known such a good person, Sally Sally Darnall, January 28, 2021 Jean, I was so sadden to hear the news of Buford. It has been a long, long time since we've seen each other, but remember our brief time working together at Comp Systems~QS/1. My first husband passed away several years ago, and one of the comforts I have is that this is only a temporary separation and we will see each other again in heaven. This will be the same will be for you and Buford too. I'm praying you will feel the presence of the Holy Spirit surrounding you and your children in the days ahead. Beth (Brunstad) Vagle, January 25, 2021 You are in our prayers and thoughts. Buford is a great man and will be missed. God Bless! Holly ODonnell, January 25, 2021 My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I really enjoyed working with you over the many years. You can rest assure you made this world a better place. Please look after my only son up there with you. Thank you for everything and we will miss you. David LaVecchia, January 25, 2021 My heart is saddened learning of the passing of Bufford. I first met Bufford as a young girl of either 5, 6, or 7, when his family came to visit mine. I instantly took to him as we played together. In fact, we had a pretend wedding - minus the kiss. My parents soon divorced, which too my life in a different direction, and sadly we did not remain in touch. Now, as I watch Bufford’s Celebration of Life, I realize our earthly world has lost a wonderful, Godly man who has made such a positive impact on all those who knew him and all those who came in contact with him. Datha Dotson, January 24, 2021 Thanks for the laughs and the memories for over 30 years! You were definitely unforgettable and one of a kind and the truest friend to all. Glad to have been two of those friends. Charlee and Rodger Garbs, January 23, 2021 I was a customer of Buford's for over 20-years and I enjoyed working with him very much. He is one of the few stand-up men with strong character who "walked the talk". He leaves some big shoes to fill. Buford will be dearly missed.
James Cary, January 23, 2021 Dear Buford and Melissa, We are praying that God will sustain you and your dear family with His compassion, hope, peace and love. We have fervently been praying for all of you. In Christ, Tyrrel & Alicia Tyrrel & Alicia Grohman, January 23, 2021 I am just so sorry for your loss — you are on my heart and in my prayers Sincerely, Carol Moore Carol Moore, January 23, 2021 Buford and Melissa, My heart is heavy. I am so, so sorry for your loss of Buford, Jr. I had just met Buford maybe 2 or 3 times. But, I have read his obituary and most of these entries in this online Guest Book. What a wonderful legacy Buford leaves to all of you!! And, what marvelous parents you are, you raised an incredible son, can see reflection of you both in all of these tributes to Buford, Jr. Was a very moving and special funeral service, too. God Bless You, and all of your family, during these sad days. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy, Ina Jane Ina Jane Thames, January 23, 2021 To know Buford was to love him. How blessed we were that he touched our lives Prayers to the entire Abeldt family 
Ron Jencopale, January 22, 2021 My sincere condolences to the Abeldt family. Buford was a wonderful coworker and friend. He was always so warm and so kind. We are going to miss him tremendously. Chelsea Grail, January 22, 2021 I do not have words, but am stunned and heartbroken. My thoughts and prayers are for the family. Buford was a great man and will be missed! Johnny Snyder, January 22, 2021 Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. Diane and Ed Bush, January 22, 2021 Beautiful celebration of Buford’s life today. His friend’s stories were so good to hear as was the laughter in remembering him. The words of hope and encouragement for his family and friends were a blessing. Jean, Grace and Ben, May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face turn towards you and be gracious to you and give you peace today and going forward. Love and prayers. Amy Stewardson, January 22, 2021 Jean - I am so very sorry for your loss. The service for Buford was amazing. I laughed and cried throughout. In the short time I've known you and Buford, I could absolutely see how special he was and that he was God's servant. I pray for peace and strength for you and Grace and Ben. I know Buford has started the party in heaven, and I pray that you all will be lifted up by the Holy Spirit. God bless you and keep you all as only He can do. "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace." (Numbers 6:24-26) This is my prayer for you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Norma Cady, January 22, 2021 This was a beautiful, touching service for a very special young man. May God bless you and keep, you as a loving family with Buford Jr. always in your hearts.
Martha and George Chandler, January 22, 2021 Oh what a beautiful service. I was so touched by the love and the humor that was like the life of Buford. Love you all and hugs to each and every one of you. Yulanda and Ronnie Chunn, January 22, 2021 Y’all are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts. We are so sorry for your loss. Buford is an amazing man. Hope you know what a blessing y’all are and have been for our family. Serving Bailadora dinners just isn’t the same without y’all The Floyd Family, January 22, 2021 We’ll miss you Clint byrum, January 22, 2021 Our prayers are with you. May our Lord above bless you. Ted & Charlene Lankford , January 22, 2021 I’ve been praying and thinking about Buford, and his wonderful family... Jean, Grace, and Ben over the past few days since his passing. Buford was the friendliest, and most heart warming human being you could ever be around. He will be missed by me. Eric Hall, January 22, 2021 I just wanted to send my condolences to the family. I worked with Buford on the Integra side of our products in Washington. I wanted to let you know that I always enjoyed talking with him and was thinking about your family through this. Michelle Damrill , January 22, 2021 We share your grief and are thinking about you. Raymond & Carolin Sanders, January 22, 2021 Our thoughts are with you. Belinda Simms and Jesse, January 22, 2021 We are so deeply sorry for your loss. May the love of God give you peace , and comfort now , and forever . Harlan, and Lori Faircloth , January 22, 2021 So sorry for your loss Buford, Melissa and family. Such a fun, friendly, joyful guy - a wonderful example for all. Prayers of peace for you. Kent Faver, January 22, 2021 My heart aches for the entire Abeldt family. I am grateful that I ran into Buford at DFW airport a little over a year ago and was able to catch up. Not surprisingly, we laughed a lot. His positive spirit and sense of humor will live on in many others. Sincerest prayers for comfort during this most difficult time. Kyle Winger, January 22, 2021 Oh Jean, my heart has been broken for you, Grace, and Ben since I heard this news. I did not know Buford well, but I do remember that he was smiling whenever I saw him and he was always so kind. I believe his bright spirit will remain with you and your family always, and I pray he is able to bring you comfort and peace. Jannine Neely, January 22, 2021 I cannot think of a better human being than Buford Abeldt! Personally, he taught me how to be a great friend and always had a fun fact to share or a joke. I will always treasure his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers go to Jean, Grace and Ben. We love you and we are here for you! Brian, Jill, Garrett & Hailey Smith, January 21, 2021 At a time when we need more people like Buford...we have lost him...but only temporarily. There will be the day when we all gather in heaven and we will celebrate eternity with him. Our hearts go out to Jean, Grace, and Ben. Know that he was dearly loved and so are you. I will certainly miss hanging with him at baseball games, doing schtick with him and enjoying a good laugh. No more struggles, Buford. Rest easy my friend. Dennis and Barbara Johnson, January 21, 2021 I am deeply saddened to hear of Buford's death. I will always appreciate his friendship and long-time support of TPA. May our compassionate God provide strength to his family to deal with such a loss. And may his smile and personality provide a great memory of a good and thoughtful man. Rest in Peace, Buford! Joe DaSilva, January 21, 2021 Jean, Grace, and Ben, We are deeply saddened to hear this news. In speaking with Buford through the years it was clear that there was much to be admired about him, especially his loyalty. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May the peace that surpasses all understanding be near to your heart. Chad and Jennifer Polk, January 21, 2021 My condolences to your family. May God be with you in your time of need. yulonda m richard, January 21, 2021 Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Abeldt Family. My son, Cannon and I, first met Buford at a baseball field in Frisco, when Cannon and Ben were both 7th graders. The boys played on the same team for a weekend tournament. Even though that was the only time the guys actually played ball on the same team, we would consistently bump in to Ben, Buford and family at various tournaments around the North Texas region. Buford was always super kind and extremely easy to talk to. There was never a time when he and I would bump in to one another, where he wouldn't have the nicest things to say to me about my son, Cannon. Buford, (and you too Ben) made a lasting impression on us and his kindness and warm, genuine personality won't be forgotten. We know he'll be rooting all the boys on from his Heavenly perch as they move forward with not only their baseball playing careers, but in their lives in general as well. He will surely be missed. Rest in peace kind sir... Abeldt Family, you're in our thoughts and prayers. Derek Green Frisco, TX. Derek Green and Cannon Green, January 21, 2021 Words cannot describe how sorry we are about Buford Jr. He was such a wonderful person, always cheerful, smiling and laughing but able to get business done when needed. He taught me a lot over all the years of knowing him. He was a great friend and he will be missed dearly. You all will be in our prayers and we pray that your memories of him will comfort you. Albert & Kathy Brazzel, January 21, 2021 This is such sad news - Buford was such a caring and compassionate man, he made me laugh every time I saw him. My condolences to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May Buford Rest in Peace in the loving comfort of the Lord! Bob Bob Merlo, January 21, 2021 It is such a sad, sad time. BUT WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN, WHAT A DAY OF REJOICING IT WILL BE! Our love to all of you. Sarah and Joe Murray Sarah and Joe Murray, January 21, 2021 Our deepest sympathy is with you during this difficult time. Please know we are all thinking of you and your family. The Physician's at The Heart Institute of East Texas The Physician at The Heart Institute of East Texas, January 21, 2021 I had only met with Buford a couple of times in person, and a number of times through email at QS/1, but I always enjoyed our interactions. Buford was truly a good man and it broke my heart to hear of his passing from the virus. Offering prayers for the family and blessings as you work through this difficult time. Buford will be missed. Benjamin Remick, January 21, 2021 We are so sorry for your loss. Buford was such a kind soul when we were all next door neighbors. Always eager to carry on a conversation or help with a project I was working on outside. I remember him most as a family man who absolutely loved having children and being a father. May God bless you and keep you, along with Grace and Ben. Take care and may the Lord wrap His arms around you and your family during this time. Morris and Heidi Barrier, January 21, 2021 Thoughts and Prayers for Buford's family. Buford will be greatly missed. He was a true friend and gentleman. Shocking and very sad news. He made the world a better place. John Davidson, January 21, 2021 Thoughts and Prayers for Buford's family. Buford was a great friend and true gentleman. Many wonderful memories from back in high school and college. John Davidson, January 21, 2021 No words, to describe the loss of such a fine young man. I loved seeing Buford Jr at pharmacy conferences. He brightened the dullest of meetings! My deepest sympathies to this most precious family. Prayers with love and for God to comfort and give peace to each one of you. Dorinda Martin, January 21, 2021 Our prayer are with you. Tom & Mary Duncan, Jo Ann O'Neill, Gayle Saxton, Nancy Hurst, P.J. & Doug Collins, Sharon Harper, Marisella Orta, Jacob & Sara Sapp, Anita Wilson, Angela Wells & Virginia Luce. East Texas Eye Associates, January 21, 2021 May you find comfort and peace in sweet stories about a wonderful life well lived. We pray for strength for all of the family and friends. Love from Lufkin Cissy and Bob McCaroll, January 21, 2021 Words cannot express the shock and heartbreaking sorrow we felt when we heard this tragic news of Buford passing. Such fond memories of him.... happy, kind, caring, and always had a big smile. Praying for you and your family for strength and comfort and will continue to lift you for years to come Nancy and Mike Yarbrough
Nancy and Mike yarbrough, January 21, 2021 Jean, Grace and Ben, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are continually in my thoughts and prayers. I am so blessed to have had Buford in my life as a wonderful friend and terrific coworker. He clearly impacted the lives of so many, including mine, and I am grateful for having the privilege to call him my friend. When we get to Heaven, we will see Buford and I bet he will gladly show us around. Brian Sullivan, January 21, 2021 We are praying for all of you as you grieve and remember. We are so saddened and heart broken for you. We love you! Cary, Gayle, Guyler, & Grayson Sims, January 20, 2021 We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Ford was such a good man. We enjoyed watching him grow up to be a wonderful son, father and husband. Our sincere condolences. Mike and Pat Mike and Pat Sabo, January 20, 2021 What a loss! I am shocked. Buford was a pleasant and helpful person. Each time he stopped by, he found solution to one thing or the other including helping to locate and bring a POS machine from Beaumont TX, when I needed one badly. You will be greatly missed. God Almighty give your family the firtitude to bear this loss, in Jesus name. Amen. Nick Odiase, January 20, 2021 Buford, Melissa, and family, We cannot begin to imagine the depth of your grief, but we can smile with fondness as we remember good times when our kids were in Youth group together, and in our sadness now, we will continue to lift you up to the One who truly understands. Love and prayers, Donna and Tom Willis Donna and Tom Willis, January 20, 2021 I had the privilege and pleasure of working, playing golf, and just hanging out with Buford. He was one of the most caring and smart person I have ever known. He cared so much for QS/1 and his QS/1 customers. He was a great part of the QS/1 success. I will remember him each time I play golf. I have the HP Byron Nelson championship 2009 golf towel attached to my golf bag. Buford bought the towel for me when I had the pleasure of visiting some of his QS/1 customers, including his Dad. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. John Frady, January 20, 2021 I met Buford as a longtime Q/S1 customer. He was honest, hardworking, and loved his family. He gave me great comfort when my wife passed a few months ago. Buford always knew the answer to all my questions. I affectionately called him the Answer Man. He always laughed. One day he and I will reconnect and decipher some rune stones. Buzz Jensen OU Health Services (Retired), January 20, 2021 The world has lost a beautiful soul. What a wonderful person Buford was and I consider myself blessed to have know him. He was our pharmacy software sales representative and became a good friend through the years. A group of pharmacists would meet at an annual conference and Buford was always there representing his company. Oh, the laughs we all had together. I will miss his laugh, and more importantly, his friendship. I am so glad my husband and I were able to meet him for lunch in December 2019. At that lunch I remember him talking about his kids with such love and pride. Buford was truly one of a kind and will be missed so much. Rest in peace, dear friend. Our lives were blessed to have had you in it.
Lupe Hollingsworth, January 20, 2021
I am so sorry for this devastating time in your life. May God comfort you beyond your understanding and help you find peace with something that makes no sense. Shari Palacios , January 20, 2021 Buford will always be a part of our lives Mollie and James Franklin, January 20, 2021 There are no words to express my feelings about the loss of such a dear friend. My thoughts and sincere prayers are with all of you. Lynn Watson, January 20, 2021 We continue to pray for your family. We want to do anything we can to support you in any way we can. God bless you, and know you are loved by so many. Martha & George Martha and George Chandler, January 20, 2021 My heart broke to hear of Buford's passing. He was always encouraging and kind to everyone he met. He taught me so much about pharmacy and character in my years working with him at QS/1. His voice was always filled with happiness and joy and his presence lit up any room he entered. My prayers to Buford's family for comfort and healing. Elise Balden, January 20, 2021 We will always remember Buford Jr. as a truly good man and an ever constant gentleman. He made the world a better place. Our hearts and prayers will be with you for a long time to come. Bentley and RayeAnne Hawley, January 20, 2021 Jean, Ben, Grace and family, Our hearts are broken by the loss of Buford. We have cried and prayed and want you to know that we are with you in spirit as you mourn. We wish we could hug you and hold you in person. We are celebrating the light and love Buford’s life here on Earth was by lighting a candle here at our house. We promise to live our lives the way Buford did-with love, generosity, positivity. And a smile. A wonderful, joy filled, contagious smile. Amy, John, Ethan and Mary Kate Grilz, January 20, 2021 We are so deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Buford. He was one of those special people that was always positive and willing to help you out. One of the nicest men we have ever met. Our thoughts and prayers go out Jean and the kids, as well as the rest if the family. God Bless you all. John, Heather, and Mary, January 20, 2021 Your families are in my thought & prayers. Debbie Wallace, Barnes & Williams Drug Center, Abilene tx, January 20, 2021 Buford was an amazing person! So full of joy, patience, and happiness. He helped us open our pharmacy here in OKC and continued to provide unconditional support throughout the 8 years we’ve know him. Our hearts are filled with sadness to know he won’t be with us again. Our prayers are for peace for his family and closest friends. Love- SSM Health Pharmacy OKC Team Carrie Breeden, January 20, 2021 May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. I am so sorry for your loss. Kathryn Barnes, January 20, 2021 Thoughts and prayers from the Hoelscher Family. Buford touched the lives of so many and showed how to live a good life. He will be missed dearly as a friend and coworker. May God Bless the Abeldt Family and provide comfort always. Daniel Hoelscher, January 20, 2021 Prayers for your family! Sharon James, January 20, 2021 I had the privilege of meeting Buford several years ago working with him on several trade shows and visiting our customers throughout Texas. Buford was one of the good guys. Always had a smile on his face and never talked bad about anyone. He was a joy to travel with. Jean, he loved you more than you will every know. He always talked about you when we were together. His kid and you were his life. Please know in the coming days, months, and years that you and the kids will be in my thoughts and prayers. What a day he must be having with our Lord and Savior telling him about all his adventures. Darryl Burnett, January 20, 2021 God Bless you and your family. You are now a soldier for God's army. You will truly be missed! George Thomas, January 20, 2021 We send our thoughts and prayers to the Abeldt Family. We are so very sorry for your terrible loss. Jody and Debra (Joehl) Brown, January 20, 2021 Dear Buford, rest in peace my brother. You will be missed dearly down here but heaven is smiling. Margie Briggs, January 20, 2021 We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and will miss his face around the neighborhood. Buford always had a HUGE smile and a positive way about him. He saw the best in everything. This is too soon. We are praying for the family and and his many friends. With a heavy heart I say, "Cheers from the sac, Buford." With LOVE. Windy and Scott Gallagher, January 20, 2021 If you are lucky, you will cross paths with a few extraordinary people along the way. I was lucky enough to cross paths with Buford Abeldt, truly an extraordinary person. Years ago, I reached out to him to learn about QS/1's pharmacy management system for a planned charitable pharmacy. He spent a lot of time explaining the merits of his company's software, but also a lot of time helping me better understand the challenges of operating a pharmacy and how to craft a charitable pharmacy. He was always eager to help, always encouraging. After a few years of these interchanges, efforts toward creating the pharmacy ceased due to lack of adequate funding. A few years passed. Funding was found. I called Buford, thinking that maybe I was the last person he would want to hear from, as he had devoted so many hours earlier on my project that came to naught. Buford could not have been more delighted to hear from me, was happy that funding had been found, and spent many hours getting me reacquainted with his pharmacy software, but also again going well beyond the call of duty by answering each of my thousand pharmacy questions. The pharmacy was licensed and commenced operations in early 2018. It has flourished, providing free prescription medications to many, many people who have desperately needed, but could not afford the medications necessary to control their chronic health conditions.. As I told Buford, the pharmacy would have likely prospered without his help, but not nearly so well. Buford and his family are in my prayers. Hank Hermann Hank Hermann, January 19, 2021 To the entire Abeldt family - There are no words to express our sorrow for your unimaginable loss. Our hearts are broken for your family. We are sending prayers, love and hugs from FL. Thinking of you all, The Katen Family (Alex, Kara, Hope and Lindsey) Kara Katen, January 19, 2021 Melissa, Buford, & family, Our hearts are so heavy with sorry for the loss of your beloved son. What a tragedy! We pray that you will find comfort in your faith, family & friends. Buford Jr was a blessing to all the lives he touched. Sending much love and our deepest condolences , John & Deborah Oftebro John & Deborah Oftebro, January 19, 2021 My sincere condolences to you, Mr. and Mrs. Abeldt. Buford was always such a kind person in school, obviously a reflection of you both. May you find peace and comfort knowing he is with our Lord and savior. Dori Pruett Beard Lufkin High School Class of ‘88 Dori Beard, January 19, 2021 Praying for peace and understanding for Bufords family. I will miss you my friend you were truly a great friend and always had something uplifting to say. I guess we’ll have to wait awhile on that round of golf I promised you. I will see you again. Todd Stevens, January 19, 2021 My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Buford's wife and children at the loss of someone so special in your lives. To Mr. and Mrs. Abeldt, my sear friend Meredith, Monica and Jeffrey, my heart is with you all. May your memories be with you always... Robbie Kuykendall , January 19, 2021 We are so saddened to hear of your loss. We are praying for your family during this difficult time and want you to know we are thinking of all of you. Scott, Sharon, McKenzie, and Paxton Ford, January 19, 2021 I can’t imagine what your family is going through. I have wonderful memories of us growing up and playing together. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends, you will be truly missed. Miss you “Ford”!! Joel Yeates, January 19, 2021 so sorry for your loss. Teri and I both new Buford via QS1 and really thought a lot of him. You all are in our prayers. Sincerely , Michael and Teri Dennis Michael Dennis, January 19, 2021 Buford was an AMAZING human being and our lives are better because we knew him. He always had big smile and kind word. He will be miss tremendously. Wendy Shelley, January 19, 2021 Buford and Melissa, I am praying for you, and know that God is holding you in his arms. Judy Perry Judy Perry, January 19, 2021 Buford and i grew up together in First Baptist Lufkin and i have fond memories of us including Jeffrey always under the watchful eye of Mr Abeldt ! He will be missed . Prayers for the Abeldt family and God please help them through this hard hard time ! ! Bruce Malnar , January 19, 2021 To lose someone so close unexpectedly is a grief out of season. Buford and Melissa, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Prayers for your strength . With love, Terri Teresa Hall-Klouda, January 19, 2021 Buford and Melissa I am so sorry for the loss of Buford Jr. He was always the nicest gentleman anytime I saw him. Sending prayers to yall and your family. Sarah Chunn, January 19, 2021 Buford Abelt Sr. And Family, I can only imagine the grief you feel losing Buford Jr. I always admired his gusto he showed for of course his product but his genuine caring for Texas Pharmacies and Pharmacists. My main memories thru the years at CONVENTION was his infectious smile and openness to have a conversation. His presence will be missed by those he may not have even realized were watching him in the distance. I know he made you proud. You raised a great son that lived a good but short life. May your heart hurt less with each passing day. Carrie Carrie Sacky Conly, January 19, 2021 Jean, Grace and Benjamin. I cannot imagine your pain. Buford was such a nice man and I know he loved all of you. He always had a smile for everyone. You are all in my daily prayers and please reach out for anything. Hugs. Theresa Weishaar, January 19, 2021 Please accept our condolences on Buford's passing. Our young adult years in Lufkin hold a special place as we were learning about the joys and struggles that life holds. Through city league teams of various sports, church, Monday night football gatherings, and just passing time, we each shared the highs and lows of the others in our group which gave us a great deal of stability that we would not have had on our own. Buford was an essential member of our small group of friends. I appreciated Buford for being Buford. He was unique and added dimension to our lives. Scott & Kelli Blackerby, January 19, 2021 My deepest sympathy to all the Abeldt family as well as my love. I wish I had known Buford. After reading his obituary, I know we would have been friends as I am with his parents as well as neighbors. Prayers are with all of you. Ann Watson, January 19, 2021 Jean and family, We are so sorry for your loss and we are heartbroken for your family. Buford was such a personable guy and he had a beaming smile every time we saw him. We enjoyed getting to know him over many baseball games and admired him for being such a great dad and husband. Praying for peace and comfort for your entire family. 
Andrea and Randy Drake, January 19, 2021 I have known Buford since the early 90's through QS/1. I thoroughly enjoyed his company when I was around him. We would pull practical jokes on one another over the years. He was definitely one of a kind. I will sorely miss him, and wish God's blessing on his family. Glenn Rebber, January 19, 2021 Buford and Melissa, We are so sorry to hear of the death of your son. I just cannot imagine what you are going through. We do know that GOD has a purpose in all things, but it is hard for us to see it. We are praying for you. Homer and Toni McCall Homer and Toni McCall, January 19, 2021 So saddened to hear of the loss of such a sweet man. I grew up with Buford and was lucky enough to keep in touch over the years through the pharmacy industry. He was always a friendly soul I looked forward to seeing. He will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. Wendy (Burris) Faldet, January 19, 2021 Jean, Grace, and Ben, We are so sorry for your loss. These are such difficult times and seems just so unfair who and which families are effected by this terrible virus. I you and the kids will find the strength to get you through this very trying time. Schwarz Family Andrew & Katerine Schwarz, January 19, 2021 Jean - We are so sorry to hear of Buford's passing. Buford was a true gentleman and loving soul. We extend our sincerest sympathy and heartfelt prayers for peace though the days and weeks to come. Lori and Dick Stevens Lori Stevens, January 19, 2021 Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time. May God's grace comfort. ~Wes and Connie Welch Connie Welch, January 19, 2021 Jean, we are sad to hear of Buford's passing. Your description of the kind of friend he was is spot on. We knew Buford as 20 somethings in Lufkin and had lots of great times together. We are praying for you, Grace, Ben and the rest of the Abeldt family during this difficult time. Scott & Stacy Mitchell, January 19, 2021 Jean, Grace, and Ben, We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Susan and Kaci Coburn, January 19, 2021 Jean, Grace and Ben, We have been praying for you guys. Buford was one of a kind and grew on our hearts quickly. He will be missed greatly. We have been thinking and hoping for peace and guidance during this difficult time. Our hearts are so heavy. While heaven gained an incredible angel, we lost a great friend here. He will forever be missed. We love you all and there is nothing too big or too small, if you all need anything The Jones Family would love to help in anyway possible. Tim, Kim, Jayson and Jordan Jones, January 19, 2021 We were in church together when we were young First Baptist Lufkin Texas He was a great guy. Very sorry Praying for the family Lance Redd, January 19, 2021 Very sorry for your lose Praying for the fsmily Nathan and Crystal Gann, January 19, 2021 Deep sorrow and love we feel for the Abeldt family. Praying for you. Tom and Vicki Gann, January 19, 2021 Jean, Grace and Ben - We are so sorry to hear of Buford's passing. Our prayers are with your entire family. Jim, Shawnda & Liberty Davis, January 19, 2021 Buford was a friend and coworker of mine for many years. Very lucky to have known him for as long as I did. He will be missed, but never forgotten. To the family, my prayers go out to you all. Sorry for your loss. Buford loved his family, and I am sure he was loved by you all as well. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. Michael Michael Ziegler, January 19, 2021 I know I thought the world of Buford and his useless facts, stories and always an angle. He was funny, warmhearted and overall a phenomenal human being. Mr. Positivity! I know I will miss the conversations, joking, ribbing and even the serious discussions that we had over the years. I know many of you have had much longer to appreciate Buford at RedSail than I have and appreciate him I did! I was honored to call him friend!
Jim McDonald, January 19, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Abeldt family. Buford, Jr. provided friendship and never shied away from a conversation at the TPA Seminars. He'll be missed by all who knew him. Bradley Miller, January 19, 2021 Peace and comfort to the Abeldt family. Tom McLamore, January 19, 2021 Buford Jr will certainly be missed... Got to interact with him a lot during my tenure at TPA. he had a way of making you feel like you had been friends for years. Truly a trustworthy and genuine compadre... Will keep him and the family in my prayers... Rene Garza Rene Garza, January 19, 2021 My thoughts and prayers are with the Abeldt family. I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Buford for 14 years, originally as my sales representative but soon thereafter as a friend. He would light up any room he entered. I will miss him greatly. Corbin Ferrell, January 19, 2021 So sorry to hear of Buford's passing. We use to hang together during TPA conventions and events in the early years. He was always kind and uplifting. He will be truly missed. Creighton Maynard , January 19, 2021 Buford and Melissa, I am truly at a loss for words but know that the both of you and your family are in our thoughts and certainly our prayers. Steve Branch, January 19, 2021 My family and I send the Abeldt Family our prayers and thoughts during this tough time in their lives. I will miss the fun I have had by knowing and serving with Buford on the TPA Foundation and TPA conventions. Carter High, January 19, 2021 I am terribly sad for your lose; Jack, Hunter, Cooper and I are praying for y’all 
Jerilyn & Jack Opoien, January 19, 2021 I am so sorry for your loss. Buford will always be remembered for his friendliness and kindness. I am praying for Jean, Grace and Ben. Lisa Taylor, January 19, 2021 Buford was such a kind, loving, and caring gentleman for all of us who have been blessed to know him. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of his life. Sheri Barberee-Taylor, January 19, 2021 I was heartbroken to hear of Buford's passing. What a genuine friend he was to everyone. He had a way of making you feel tremendously special and valued. I am praying for his sweet parents and family to be comforted. Lori Haley Bisson, January 19, 2021 Grace, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I've only met you once, but I'm so sure he was proud of the kind and beautiful woman you are. I pray God comforts you and your family. We are praying for you all. Lauren & Mike Goode Lauren and Mike Goode, January 19, 2021 Buford was always the nicest guy in the room. Fond memories of you dear friend. I am praying for your family. Jennifer Hughes, January 19, 2021 Buford was truly an unforgettable person who always made you smile -- no matter what! I always respected him greatly. Sending my love and deepest condolences to his entire family. Randy Futch, January 19, 2021 Lots of childhood memories. You will be truly missed. Brent Dillard, January 19, 2021 My condolences go out to Buford Jr's family. I will always remember growing up next door to Buford and his siblings. We spent many days playing football, baseball, kickball and whatever other games we could come up with. I will always remember the good times with him!
Joe Cuellar, January 19, 2021
Sending our deepest sympathies and prayers for our God’s peace and comfort. Lance and Diana Parker, January 19, 2021 Always a Good Friend!! I sure will miss you, Buford we never know the places that life takes us, though we haven't caught up in quite a while, memories of our lives, crazy fun times reflect the life we live and the way everyone will remember us. Buford, I recall a old saying : There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the seas, But the best ships are Friendships, may they always be! I will miss you FRIEND! Randy Ivy, January 19, 2021 We are so saddened to hear of this loss. Please know you are in our prayers and hearts . Randy and Callie Winston, January 19, 2021