‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Allen 's visitation.

Allen Bruce Buford

Allen Bruce Buford, 61, of Rutherfordton, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.

Allen was born in Clanton, Alabama on February 21, 1960 to Opal Sturgeon Buford and the late Marvin Buford. Allen’s roots were deep in military service in the U.S. Navy. At one time a captain and pilot, he was also a true outdoorsman who loved hiking, camping, cycling, kayaking, and fishing. Allen was a man of integrity, an amazing husband, and a good friend to many. Allen was a 32nd Degree Master Mason.

Those left to cherish his memory in addition to his mother are his spouse, Marnie Hansen; step children, Zoe Black (Andy Iams) and Gillian Black (Chris “Bud” Dewey); five siblings, Mary Shirley, Lonnie Buford, Ronnie Buford, Wanda Curington, and Archie Buford; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a memorial service on Saturday, February 05, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave.

Following the service, we will gather for drinks, food, and each other at The Tiki Bar alongside the Rocky Broad. Allen wanted a party. It’s on him.

The family requests memorial donations be made to The Allen B Buford Scholarship Fund for trauma informed practices. The nonprofit will award monies to healthcare workers and those who have direct impact with trauma populations to assist in education pertaining to trauma informed care. Contributions will be tax deductible. Checks can be made out to The Allen B Buford Scholarship Fund and mailed to 615 Cove Creek Drive, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Allen Buford, please visit our flower store.


It was nice getting to know you. Such a generous, kind, thoughtful man! You enjoyed life and enjoyed helping others enjoy and experience life. God bless you! Carla

Carla Glenn Feb 5 2022 11:06 AM

A photo was added for Allen Bruce Buford

Carla Glenn Feb 5 2022 10:19 AM

A photo was added for Allen Bruce Buford

Mary Shirley Jan 30 2022 1:56 PM

I feel lucky to have met and spent time with Allen. He was a wonderful human being and appreciated his life and loved ones. I know his spirit is enjoying pure bliss, freedom and deep consuming love. May he rest in peace and may those who loved him find their heart healed and comforted. 🙏❤️

Sally Jan 27 2022 6:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Allen Buford

Sally Jan 27 2022 5:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Allen Buford

Mary Lou Guerrina Jan 26 2022 10:45 AM

He is once again embraced by the woods.

Marty Epp-Carter Jan 24 2022 9:02 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Allen Buford

Raney Mollycheck Jan 21 2022 8:14 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Allen Buford

Linda Clemmons Jan 20 2022 7:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Allen Buford

Rick Phillips Jan 20 2022 11:59 AM

Show More Entries