James Underwood Burford, Sr.

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Burford, Sr., 94, were held at Trinity Cemetery in Gloster, LA on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Billy Spalding officiating. A celebration of his life followed at his home. Visitation was on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Southside Drive, Shreveport, LA. James was born on November 4, 1919 and went to heaven on November 8, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; parents, Harris and Sallie; three sisters and four brothers. He is survived by his sons; Jimmy Burford, Harvey Burford and wife Janice, Richie Burford and wife Sandy; hisdaughter Sally Owen and husband Marshall; manygrandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. His grandsonswere pallbearers.He was born in Gloster, LAand knew at age 11 he wanted tobe a farmer. After all, he wouldsay, “cows make you money while you sleep”. As a teenager he watched the antebellum home “Welcome Hall” burn and knew that was the land he wanted to own. He purchased that land and moved with his wife and first child before they ever even owned a car. He cleared the land by hand, started a dairy and proved wrong the man who said they would starve on that hill. He sat in the same seat every Sunday at Gloster Baptist Church for most of his life. He drank coffee every morning with his aging parents, then every morning with his sons in his aging years. He rode his horse every day until his was 92. He was a family man, cattleman, dairy farmer, real estate developer, storekeeper, lover of horses, great dancer and a happy, generous man. Looking back, he said “he wouldn’t change a thing.” The family suggest donations can be made to Gloster Baptist Church Trinity Cemetery Fund, PO Box 86, Gloster, La. 71030 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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