WEAVERVILLE– Clifford “Buford” Shriner, after 76 years of travel and adventure, has made his final journey to be at home with his parents, Leonard and Mary, and brother, Wayne, in Heaven. He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife Sally; daughters Arlene, Karen, Vicki, and Kelly; son Ricky; sons-in-law Louie, Penn, and Gordon; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Cliff’s memory will also be cherished by his sister Marie; brothers Charles, Leonard Jr., Louis, and Walter; sisters-in-law Ellen, Patty, and Debbie; and many nieces and nephews.
His adventures started at an early age, working routes selling peanuts prepared by his mother, Mary, to help support the family. Walking these routes instilled in him a love for travel and knowledge, a strong self-reliance and work ethic, and a penchant for sales and showmanship. He was also a man of deep faith in God, who loved to sing His praises. These traits served him well throughout his life.
He wore many hats, he enjoyed wearing them all, and if he could, he would have worn more. From traveling peanut salesman to fruit-packer, to grocer, to logger, to drywall and sheetrock artist, to census taker, as well as many others, all the hats he wore allowed him to experience more of the adventure in life and to meet more of his fellow adventurers along the way.
Cliff had a large family and he loved them all. Between his and his Sally’s brothers, sisters, and cousins, there was never a shortage of friends to join in on the next adventure. Fixing up and racing hot rods, going scuba diving or sailing, skiing down a mountain or across a lake, or just simply camping out in bear country with nothing but a hammock was just another weekend for Cliff and his greater family. (Full disclosure: only Buford manned the hammock, while the rest of us were in a camper trying our best to not smell like honey).
Cliff loved to travel, and he shared that love with his family and friends, often taking road-trips across country with them, many times caravanning with other members of the family. There were also many shorter trips to visit friends and family in nearby states. These trips are still great memories to all those who got to travel with him.
He traveled from one coast to the other and from one border to the other numerous times, every time an adventure. He truly loved the American West. With its endless expanses and incredible vistas, he always found something new and beautiful on each visit.
Since Cliff has finished his travels here on earth, his family is truly saddened, and he will be sorely missed. However, they are comforted by the fact that his faith will lead him Home so that he can once again sing “How Great Thou Art” with his brother, while their mother plays the piano.
Cliff, Buford, Dad, Papa Cliff…
We love you and we miss you.
A sharing of memories service will be held 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 in West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville. Reverend Roger Boone will facilitate.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Shriner’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
Sharing of Memories
West Funeral Home
Saturday May 19th, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm
17 Merrimon Avenue
Weaverville, NC 28787
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It's taken me some time to gather my thoughts and write a good tribute to you Clifford, a tribute you are worthy of Buford. In a few days it will be your birthday and I just cannot wrap my head around the fact that I won't see your smiling face again... well, at least in this life. I believe you are with all of us in spirit. No, I KNOW it. You gave us all inspiration and love and hope. You taught us how to hang drywall, how to spray drywall and how to finish drywall. You taught us all how to snow ski. You taught us about Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. You bought me my first Eagles album. You showed us the value of travel and its importance of understanding other people, cultures and the sheer beauty of nature. You bought me ice cream and let me cry when I was having a hard day. And, you listened. Thank you for all of these things. You were not perfect. Neither were we. We managed to get through some hard times and we came out better for it. I will treasure your love of music, love of family and especially love of my brother Ricky. You were right in buying him that "Speak And Spell." It did help him to become a genius. Although, I suspect it would have happened anyway. He had the perfect gene combination of mom and you. I could go on forever... not enough space here. Just know I know I love you and miss you and am so thankful I got to be part of the Shriner family. Love, Vixter
Submitted by Vicki "Vixter" Dameron on Jun 22 2018 08:23:09 PM
Patty Rosensteel lit a candle for Clifford "Buford" Shriner
Patty Rosensteel lit a candle on May 24 2018 04:32:05 PM
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Melba McKenzie lit a candle on May 23 2018 09:43:54 PM
marie and I became best friends. I remember Clifford as a happy, fun loving little boy but never met him as an adult. We attended the same church along with his sister Marie in my hometown of Lakeland, Florida. He came from a close knit family who loved each other. He loved the lord and the Lord became the leader of his life, it was a good life and a happy one. May God bless his memory and the family he has left behind.
Submitted by Melba McKenzie on May 23 2018 09:41:33 PM
Sally Shriner lit a candle for Clifford "Buford" Shriner
Sally Shriner lit a candle on May 21 2018 08:33:48 AM
Sally, so sorry to here of your husband Cliff passing away. Prayers to you and you family.
Submitted by Martha Maney on May 18 2018 07:29:40 PM
Sally, I am so sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Gone from your presence but will live forever in your heart until you are reunited with him. Love you.
Submitted by Becky Ballard on May 18 2018 12:05:25 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shriner Family. We have fond memories of Cliff's stories of his many adventures. Wish we could be there with our family, however we are following in Cliff's footsteps out west.
Submitted by Tony and Debbie Senecal on May 18 2018 10:46:19 AM
Sally, this is Rhonda Dula and now Rhonda Blankenship from BellSouth. I am very sorry to see your husband passed. You and your family will be in my prayers. Roger Boone is the pastor now at the church I attended when I was in asheville.
Submitted by Rhonda Blankenship on May 18 2018 01:22:46 AM
Walter and Debbie Shriner lit a candle for Clifford "Buford" Shriner
Walter and Debbie Shriner lit a candle on May 17 2018 03:04:26 PM
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