, 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.
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
and teacher and deacon.
became a pilot of
He served in the US
the famed B-17
Army Air Corps during
World War II.
World War II. The
He entered law
enforcement in South
him through 17
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
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
BIMI WORLD – Number 3, 2009