Bassfield Mayor Buford Blount dead at 87

Published 7:34 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Buford Blount, who was in his fourth decade as mayor of Bassfield, has died at the age of 87.

Blount had been elected to a ninth term in June. He died at his home Tuesday morning.

No official cause of death had been announced, but Blount’s colleagues said it appeared that Blount had suffered a heart attack following a workout on his treadmill at home.

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Dianna Hutchinson, Bassfield court clerk, characterized Blount as the patriarch of the town.

Hutchinson said Alderwoman Pat Courtney would serve as mayor pro tem until a special election can be held to determine Blount’s replacement.