He may have filed a Social Security Claim at retirement, not necessarily a death claim.
It looks like there’s more than one Buford Lake from Georgia.
This gives you a birth date and place to start with
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZZ6-T9L : 13 March 2018), Buford Preston Lake, 1917-1918; citing Laurens County, Georgia, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,557,081.
Another at working at Dodge Bros and poc Bessie Reese is U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Michigan; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147.
|Beuford Preston Lake|
||20 Sep 1889|
||Detroit, Michigan, USA