In Memoriam
John  Willis  Buffington
Sequoyah Student 1970s


   John Willis Buffington , was born May 22. 1952 in Claremore to John, Sr. and Dora (Mouse) Buffington.  He departed this life on May 10, 2012 in Kenwood at the age of 59 years 11 months and 18 days.

  John graduated from Sequoyah High School, Tahlequah, Okla., with the Class of 1971; he also attended Seneca Indian School in Wyandotte.  John went to NEO (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) for one year.  John played bass with the Buffington Brothers Band and had played with the band all of his life.  He enjoyed watching OU games and OKC Thunder Basketball.   He was an avid reader and he studied his Cherokee Syllabary. John made his home in Piedmont, Oklahoma, northwest of Oklahoma City, he then moved to Tulsa in later years and lived there until he married  Tonya Pigeon in  December 7,1991 in Kenwood, and lived in Kenwood until his death

  John is survived by his wife Tonya of the home, mother Dora Bradford of Spavinaw, eight brothers  Dan Buffington  (Seq.Sr.'69) of Langley,  Dwight Buffington  (Seq.Jr '68) of Jay,  Randy Buffington (Seq.Cls'74)   and wife Loretta of Spavinaw, Glen Buffington and wife Eldean of Strang,  Jim Buffington   (Seq.Std'79) and wife Lela of Eucha, Mark Buffington of Salina, Tommy Buffington of Spavinaw and  Cleophas Simon (Seq.Cls'65)  of Claremore, four sisters  Doreen Buffington Breeding  (Seq.Cls')  of Tulsa, Sophronia Buffington of Lenapah, Jackie Fencer of Jay and  Connie Buffington Melton  (Seq.Cls'84)  of Oklahoma City.  Also survived by his in-laws Roberta and Billy Sapp of Salina, special niece Jessi Rae Jordan of Spavinaw, several other nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers  Clay Leon Buffington  (Seq.Sr'72)  and David Spencer Buffington.