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Buster Van Werry Jr.


MEMPHIS — Claude Ford “Buster” Van Werry Jr., 80, living in Memphis, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on March, 26, 2024.

He was born on Oct. 18, 1843, in Asheboro, the only son of Claude Ford and Helen McCollum Van Werry. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Mason Van Werry. 

Buster is survived by his only daughter, Sarah Mason Isgrig (Chris); granddaughter, Norah Grace Isgrig from Little Rock, Arkansas; sister, Martha Jane Bonkemeyer in Randleman; and several nieces.

After leaving Randleman High School, he served in the US Coast Guard for four years, stationed at Cape Caswell for most of that time. When competing service, he studied to become a male nurse in the medical field, but found a passion in the world of music. He had an exciting career working as a rigger, traveling all over the United States while working with such bands as the Captain and Tennille, Neil Diamond, Kiss, and several tours with Alabama. Since then, he has been living in Memphis for the past 25 years.

A full military service was held on June 7 at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Memphis. Also a private family service was held on June 7 in Randleman.