Buford Earl Hand, Sr. February 9, 1922 ~ May 6, 2012

Buford Earl hand SR of Springdale, AR, age 90, died May 6, 2012 peacefully at home after a long illness.

Mr. Hand was born in Fayetteville, AR on February, 9, 1922 to Earl and Velma Hand.  On January 1, 1942 he was united in marriage to Nina Louise hall who survives him of the home.

Buford was employed with SWEPCO as a serviceman in his hometown of Fayetteville.  In 1955 he was named to the position of commercial representative for the division, Buford was named local manager in Eureka springs in 1965 and was transferred to Greenwood in 1971, in that same position, he returned to Eureka springs in 1980 to assume manager of that office,    He retired from SWEPCO in eureka springs after 38 years of service.

While living in Fayetteville, Buford was a member of the exchange club and of masonic Lodge #740.  He also is a past president of the Eureka springs Rotary club.

The world war II Veteran was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville;   Buford was an avid golfer, sports enthusiast, a member of the Arkansas activity Association, huge razorback fan and a very devout family man.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.   He is survived by three children; Buford Hand Jr. and Linda of Prairie Grove, Joyce Hegglund of Eureka Springs, Linda Thurman & husband Charles of Eureka Springs. Four grandchildren; Charles Hand & wife Annette of Cincinnati, OH, Robert Bandy & wife Nikki of Broken Arrow, OK, LCDR Tracy L. Hegglund, USN of Chesapeake, VA and Gayle Bandy of Berryville, AR. and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville with Dr. Doug Falknor officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to Washington Regional Friends of Hospice, c/o Washington Regional Foundation, PO Box 356, Fayetteville, AR. 72702.

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    Carolyn Boyle » 08. May, 2012

    I am so sorry to see in the paper this morning, that Buford has finally lost this battle. We have to all remember that he is no longer hurting and in a much better place with our Lord.

    I feel like a family member and will miss him very much. I will be there for any of you if there is anything I can do to help out. Just let me know.

    My LOVE and Prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Love ya, Carolyn

    Dolores Reeves » 08. May, 2012

    The family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time of need. My God provide you extra strength to deal with every thing in the next year.

    Travis & Leroy Moody » 08. May, 2012

    Our sincere condolence to the family of Buford Hand. Please know you are in our thoughts
    during this difficult time.
    Travis & Leroy Moody

    Gene Bland » 08. May, 2012

    I was pleased to know Mr. Hand…an excellent sports official…first, my being a player, then as a coach, finally as a fellow AOA official. I admired that good man. Gene Rogers, Ar.

    Karen Russell Chambers » 09. May, 2012

    Dear Family. You are in my prayers. I remember so fondly the years we were neighbors on 16 West in Fayetteville ( when Buford Jr. and I played for hours). God bless and keep you in the palm of his hand especially at this time. With love and concern. Karen and Robert Chambers

    Randy & Linda Bradley » 11. May, 2012

    We were so sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this sad time.