Buddy Alberson, the son of the late James Henry and Laura Alice Marker Alberson, was born in Matthews on May 12, 1916, and died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the Missouri Southern Healthcare Facility in Dexter at the age of 87. Mr. Alberson had lived in Essex all of his life. He loved to coon hunt. He was married to Wilma Jean Sanders in Arkansas. He is survived by one daughter, Malissa Wolpers of Dexter; one grandson that he raised, Michael Wolpers of Essex; two step-granddaughters; four step-grandsons; and one sister, Mozell McMullin of Essex. He was preceded in death by five brothers and eight sisters. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2003, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter officiating. Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of all arrangements.