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Gary L. Buharp

Date of Death: May 4, 2015
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Gary Lynn Buharp, 70, of Winchester, Virginia, died suddenly, Monday, May 4, 2015, at Winchester Medical Center.            Mr. Buharp was born in 1944, in Williamsport, Maryland.  He was the son of the late Nathanial S. and Blanch Buharp.  Mr. Buharp was a US Army Veteran, having served 22 years from 1960 to 1982.  …
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LTC Thomas R. Brackett, US Army, Retired left a message on May 6, 2015:
Gary, you were one of a kind. We served at the US Army Reserve Component Command together at Fort Gordon, GA. COL Bramlet, our boss, said to me you cannot use him as an officer and later agreed he was better than.... I wrote Gary up for a Legion of Merit at retirement but the hard core Colonel downgraded it because "he did not serve 20 years". To this day I believe he deserved that award but it was not mine to give. He was in fact the best soldier I have ever served with, no exceptions in my 30 years + military service. His achievements while working with FEMA were equally impressive. I served with Gary in numerous capacities while serving FEMA and I could always count on receiving a box of U.S. Government ball point pens placed at my desk. I still have some, I will remember him.
Mike Miller left a message on May 10, 2015:
When I was informed of Gary's death I was shocked. Such a great guy, Gary was a loyal friend, would do anything he could to make your life easier, gave no one a hard time and always, always had a great story or situation to tell that would make him smile and you smile or laugh. The world will miss Gary but Heaven is getting a good one. What a super guy that will really be missed. RIP Gary, God bless you my friend.
chuck and dotte Magee left a message on May 9, 2015:
We met Gary for the first time at the airport here in Phoenix on a Sunday morning in November, 2014. He and our long time friend, LaRue, had come to spend the week of Thanksgiving with us. We quickly realized we had found a wonderful new friend in Gary as we got to know him, his humor, his dedication to his work, as we heard him speak of his family and our awareness of his love for LaRue. It's been said when people leave a place they leave a part of themselves behind and Gary did just that with the part of himself he left in our hearts. Now, the memory of that one short week has to last us a lifetime and may LaRue find great comfort in all her memories. Chuck and Dotte LaFollette Magee Phoenix Arizona
Jim & Jan Lowery left a message on May 8, 2015:
Difficult task! Not saying how much Gary meant to me, but saying goodbye to such a friend. We worked together many times and I never had to worry about the property if Gary was with me! He was so valuable "on the job" and so vibrant and fun to be with after the job. . . I always said, Gary was "my best man. . . after five" - GARY BUHARP . . . "always Professional", "always Loyal", "always a Gentleman", "always Fun", "always Dependable", and I will always miss you Pal. Jan and I offer PRAYERS for Larue and all of Gary's Family - GOD Bless
Jack & Ginny Herbert left a message on May 8, 2015:
Gary! there was no truer friend. I met Gary in early 2000 at the first (and last) Advanced Property Management course. He became one of my best friends and it has lasted these past 15 years. Gary was a true professional who would pursue the "elusive barcode" to the end of the earth. When Gary arrived on scene, we knew that we were going to have a handle on the job in short order. His quiet confidence brought the team together and there was nothing that couldn't be accomplished. And when the day was done, you could find Gary in the middle of the "Safety Debriefing" He was the best social coordinator, Cook, Bar tender (if you consider PBR's a treat) LaRue, we feel your pain. You and Gary have built such a love for each other. We will be there for you anytime you call. Our thoughts are with you and the families.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Dennis Wikoff left a message on May 8, 2015:
Having worked with Gary on many FEMA assignments, he was always a great asset to any disaster location. He was a friend to all and a real professional. Gary always had a fun side and brought many laughs at our evening gatherings. I will always remember Nashville and another round of Patron for everyone. Gary was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by all of us.
Dennis E. Kizziah left a message on May 7, 2015:
I have so many great memories working with Gary, we worked everywhere from Guam to Florida, and he was ALWAYS a pleasure to work with, always humorus, and someone you could always count on to do the job right. I will forever cherish our friendship, and will very much miss his positive, spontanious humor and company. Gary has now joined Bob Drew in God's company and Grace providing 100% inventory with smiles along the way. Thank you Gary for the memories, Comfort and peace to LaRue and Gary's family.
JOHN SOUTHERLAND left a message on May 7, 2015:
Over the years I had the priviledge to work with Gary on several disasters and other projects.Gary allways had the patience to work with people new to FEMA and get them off to a good start. He was one of the most honorable men I have ever met. He will surley be missed by LaRue and his family. But there will be hundreds of people all over this country that will also miss him. When he got to heaven he probably said I'm here and we are going to have a wall to wall inventory.
John E. Pugh left a message on May 7, 2015:
Gary, You will be serverly missed by all the DHS/FEMA Region IV Property People that knew and worked with you at various disaster sites. Sleep well my friend, it was great to have known and worked with you over the years. John Pugh
Wicha Weerasaeti left a message on May 7, 2015:
Gary, I always remember the day you have called me to say hello in Thai language 10 years ago while I am an APO at DC Moffett and you are an APO at DFO, also the all kind of goodies you have put out in front of your cubical during your TDY within PMD Winchester for people that walking by to enjoy them. My condolences to the BUHARP family...
Ron Cooper-FEMA Logistics left a message on May 7, 2015:
Gary, on behalf of the Logistics Cadre Team, we salute you for both your service to your country both in and out of uniform. You set the standard for FEMA Log Reserviss. We and your colleagues will miss you dearly! LaRue, we are equally grateful for your service, and pray that God's Peace be with you!! Our condolences to the Buharp family.
John Petrie left a message on May 11, 2015:
I only knew Gary for a brief time, but quickly realized he was a great man with a zeal for life. I enjoyed working with him and listening to him talk about his Civil War art by John Paul Strain. Everywhere he went, a little dog (Amanda) was with him. Rest in Peace my friend! John
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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