On a rich fall day full of the blues and golds of autumn, the 18th of October, Clyde Ernest Buzzard, Jr., son of the late Gertrude and Clyde Buzzard of the Belfast Community, left this life peacefully at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., on Oct. 18, 2017.

On a rich fall day full of the blues and golds of autumn, the 18th of October,  Clyde Ernest Buzzard, Jr., son of the late Gertrude and Clyde Buzzard of the Belfast Community, left this life  peacefully at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., on Oct. 18, 2017.
Clyde was born at Sale Memorial Hospital in Neosho on Feb. 10, 1938. He grew up a 40 acre farm, west of Neosho that had originally belonged to his grandparents, in an era when neighbors were like family.  He, and his siblings walked to and from Belfast rural school, and later he attended Neosho High School. He won a speech contest, The Voice of America, which included a full scholarship to Tulane University and a headline in the Neosho Daily News, “Young Buzzard Flies to Washington.” He earned his Bachelor's of Arts in journalism from Tulane University in 1961 and on graduation, married Linda Fineburg.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Clyde lived most of his adult life in the Birmingham, Ala., area, where he was a beloved teacher at Indian Springs School.  He and Linda returned briefly to Missouri where he earned his Masters in Counseling from Washington University in St. Louis. Following his career in education, he started his own printing business, served as a manager at Vulcan Bindery, and owned a resume writing business.
In 2005, after his divorce, Clyde moved to the Washington, DC. There he returned to teaching writing and English at Columbia College in Takoma Park.  In June of this year, as his health declined, he moved to Candlelight Lodge in Columbia, MO.
Clyde was an original. He was: a voracious reader, a skilled photographer, printer, and graphic designer. In college, he had his own radio show and at Indian Springs School, he oversaw the print shop and production of the school yearbook. He loved to garden and bake bread. His biscuits were legendary. He wrote Circling, a regular column of observances of daily life for the Birmingham News
 Clyde also wrote poetry, short stories, and books. In 1991, he won the Hackney Literary Award for State Short Story from Troy State University in for “Saturdays” which presciently tells the story of an old man in a nursing home who mentally channel backs and froth between his life being attended to by doctors in his nursing home and his childhood when his mother, father  and sister’s, trip to town in  the 40’s, was the highlight of their week : (http://spectrum.troy.edu/alr/v5n2/v5n2Buzzard.pd.) His poem” Belfast Cemetery” tells the story of a  graveyard where the dead, neighbors in life, as a community greet each other in death.  We can only hope that he has been welcomed as well by all those family, friends, and neighbors who have passed before him.
Clyde is survived by: his three sisters - Shirley Buzzard, Washington, DC, Karen Buzzard, Maywood, N.J., and Sharon Buzzard, Columbia, MO;  his children Regan Harwell, Farmington, Utah, John Buzzard, Cleveland, Ohio, and Suzanne Dulin, Stony Brook, N.Y. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Austin Velotas, Madeline LaForest, Chase Velotas, Peyton Harwell, and Vivian, Caroline, and Gideon Buzzard, as well as his former wife Linda Feinberg Miller. Clyde was predeceased by his older sister Beverly Buzzard Norris in 2012.
Condolences to the family can be left on his Facebook wall or mailed to The Buzzard Family, 4700 Roemer Road, Columbia, MO 65202.  Donations in his memory can be sent to Indian Spring School (www.indiansprings.org) or ?the Southern Poverty Law Center.? (www.splcenter.org)  
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Belfast Baptist Church west of Neosho. All are welcome.