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Obituaries for August 6, 2020; Buford Smith, David Hall, Norma Ray

Buford Smith


Buford E. Smith passed away in the early morning hours of June 19, 2020, in Palm Coast, FL, just 25 days shy of his 87th birthday, and almost 5 ½ years after the death of his beloved wife, Henrietta M. Smith.  

He was born to Buford Botts Smith and Dora Lee Smith (Britt) on July 15, 1933, in Lucas, KY. He graduated from Glasgow High School, Glasgow, KY, in 1951. He and Henrietta were married on December 27, 1952, and set up their first home in Evansville, IN, where all four of their children were born. He and his wife retired to Jasper, GA, in 1998 where they spent many years together in the foothills of the Appalachians.  

Buford began and ended his career in milling, beginning with Igleheart Brothers, a General Mills operation in Evansville, and retiring from ADM Milling in Beech Grove, on the outskirts of Indianapolis, IN. Additionally, his career saw him with increasing responsibilities in milling operations in Camp Hill, PA; Chester, IL; Jackson, TN and Auburn, KY. He was a long-time member of the International Association of Operative Millers, regularly attending and supporting its annual conferences.

Buford converted to Catholicism and attended and supported the Catholic church in all communities in which he and his family lived, his final parish being Our Lady of the Mountains, in Jasper, GA.  

Buford was often described as a classic southern gentleman, was honored as a Kentucky Colonel, was soft-spoken and gracious and a master in making mint juleps. He was a responsible father and spouse with an amazing work ethic. He was a certified pilot and loved flying his plane. He was an avid bridge player, an above average golfer, and enjoyed socializing with the many friends he made in the places in which he lived.      

Buford is survived by his four children and their families:  Philip and Sandra Smith, Palm Coast, FL, Buford’s granddaughter Amanda Hengle and spouse Robert Hengle and great-grandchildren Kelby, Kinsley, and Kami, and granddaughter Alison Velazquez and great-grandchildren Kalum, Kameron and Kasey; Jama and Carl Budke, Parkville, MO, Buford’s granddaughter Corinne Abernathy and spouse Brandon Abernathy and Buford’s great-grandchildren Lily and Cooper; Craig and Cynthia Smith, Knoxville, TN, and Buford’s grandson Evan Smith; Alison and Gary Wildermuth, Palm Coast, FL, and Buford’s grandson Trent Wildermuth and spouse Hannah Wildermuth and Buford’s grandson Travis Wildermuth.  

He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Moore of Glasgow, KY. He has many nieces, nephews and in-laws, all of whom add to a large and extended family that he loved and enjoyed.

A memorial mass will be held at our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper, GA, on April 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Arbor Tree Foundation designating your donation to planting trees in memory of Buford.


David Hall


Mr. David Hall, 61, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at his residence.

David built and ran his own business, Hallco, for 33 years. He was president of Grandview Lake Association, President of Mountain Area Builder's Association and President of the building committee for Jasper United Methodist Church. He volunteered as a fireman and helped with the search and rescue after the Palm Sunday tornadoes in Pickens County in 1994. He loved cats and dogs, and volunteered at K9 Rescue in Big Canoe. He loved the lake and the time at his house on Grandview Lake. His passions were fishing, grilling and his woodworking trade. He also loved the Georgia Bulldogs.

David is survived by his wife, Shirley Hall of Jasper; son, Logan Hall of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Thea and Dean Burke of Bainbridge, GA; sister, Donna Hall of Bainbridge, GA; sister-in-law, Cheryl Hall of Lakeside, GA; grandchild, Asher Hall; several nieces and nephews.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, a memorial service will be held at a later date. On line condolences can be made to the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hall family.


Norma Ray


Mrs. Norma Ray, 62, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at her residence.

Mrs. Ray is survived by her husband, Jimmy Ray of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Kelly Ray of Ball Ground; daughter and son-in-law, Jeannie and Ken Ingram of Ball Ground; brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Sandra Elrod of Waleska; brother, Ervin Lee Elrod of Jasper; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev Kenney Green officiating.

Interment will be at Salem Baptist Church in Mineral Bluff, following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Cody Ray, Kody Ingram, Duncan Ingram, Christian Ingram, Herman Hollingshed and Richie Cannon.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ray family.