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Finally Home , William A. (Bill) “Chief ” Long, Dr. J. B. Buffington age 86, went to be 85, of Harrison, Tennessee, went home to be with his Lord August 20, 2009, at his home in with the Lord on Monday, October 12, 2009. Lakeland, Florida, He was a devoted Christian and a member after an extended of Maranatha Baptist Church. He was a former illness. member of Highland Park Baptist Church for He was saved 42 years where he served as a Sunday School in 1942 and teacher and deacon. became a pilot of He served in the US the famed B-17 Army Air Corps during bomber during World War II. World War II. The He entered law Lord protected enforcement in South him through 17 Charleston, West flight missions. Virginia, in 1952, He married Betty serving five years. He Woods on July 1, 1944. was Chief of Police God called him to preach in 1946 and he in Dunbar and St. became a noted student of the Scriptures. He Albans, West Virginia, pastored three churches during his ministry, for a term of four including a thirty-year tenure at Calvary Baptist years in each city. During his tenure in law Church of Lakeland, Florida. enforcement in West Virginia, he attended Dr. Buffington was respected worldwide as a FBI National Academy and graduated in 1956. powerful Bible expositor. His love for evangelism After his salvation in 1959 he became active in and missions was evidenced in his passion for Christian Businessmen's ministry and traveled lost souls. For many years he was an active extensively sharing his testimony. He moved trustee of Baptist International Missions, Inc. He to Chattanooga to attend Tennessee Temple made many trips to various fields of the world to College in 1965. He graduated from Tennessee preach in BIMI Field Conferences and to assist Temple University and Temple Seminary. He missionaries in revivals, Bible conferences and became Chief of Security for the school in evangelistic meetings. 1966 and served faithfully for 30 years. He also The funeral was a God-honoring service. taught in the Bible School. He was a charter The words of six preachers and A Tribute to a member of the local chapter of Fellowship of Father by his son Joel will not be forgotten. The Christian Peace Officers. In 1997 he and Sarena memories of this brilliant and powerful spiritual became Associate Missionaries with Baptist leader will not be forgotten. International Missions, assisting “Front Line” We extend our Christian sympathy to Mrs. missionaries serving throughout the world. Betty Buffington, their five children and eight grandchildren. Memorial Gifts have been received in memory of: J.R. Faulkner by Jim & Bonnie Lilley by Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Meyer Barbara Lay by David & Linda Parker Marie Sims by Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Trabert Cathy Anner by John & Brenda Galen Bill Long by Robert & Shelba Meyer by Ray & Jean Thompson by Martha Kunberger by Marion W. Porter J.B. Buffington by Ray & Jean Thompson $50 $1,000 $70 $100 $150 $50 $100 $25 $25 $50 BIMI WORLD – Number 3, 2009 29