Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Carter family,
I cannot tell you how sorry I was to find out that "Mr. Buddy" had passed. I did not see the notice and missed the funeral, but could not help myself by trying to express my feelings for him. The Post and Courier ran them today under the Heading Mr Baseball in the editorials. I loved seeing Mr. Buddy at the fields for 22 years as I coached for JI rec and would see him at the fields at ST Andrews and WA. HE was the Man that everyone aspired to be like. I will deeply miss him and cannot truly express how much he impressed me and what it meant when we became friends at the baseball field. God has a special place for Mr. Buddy...and I hope someday to join him at the wonderful baseball field in Heaven.

Posted by Steve Campbell - charleston, SC - Friend   November 30, 2017

Frankie, Randy & Tom: Mr. Buddy was one of the nicest gentleman we knew. Even though we lived in the adjoining neighborhood, we probably knew Mr. Buddy better from St. Andrews playground. It seemed like your family and our family was always there! Frankie, I can't tell you how much my heart breaks for you and your family. A very fine man will be remembered. God bless you all. Janet Cooper-Tanner

Posted by Janet Cooper-Tanner - Moncks Corner, SC - friend   November 29, 2017

My condolences to the Carter family. I pray God comforts the family during this time of bereavement. May the many cherished memories of Buddy comfort his family and friends.

Posted by Lisa - SC   November 25, 2017

Dear Frankee, Randy, Tom and family,
I am saddened to learn of Buddy's passing. For many years he has given his heart to us in so many ways and we are so appreciative. Through the playground connections our friendshp ties have been woven into a strong bind that will last forever. Thanks for sharing Buddy and allowing our hearts to grow stronger through his kindness and generosity. May God Bless y'all! Paul and Mottie

Posted by Paul Wieters - Charleston, SC   November 21, 2017

Dear Carter Family, my husband Dave and I have the enormous pleasure of knowing Buddy for many years when we were Stingray season ticket holders. Buddy was a true gentleman who spoke kindly of all. But his face lit up the most whenever we would ask how his wife and/or his family were doing. It was obvious they were the joy of his life! Nothing can lighten your suffering during this time but please know we are praying for Buddy and all of you. May God bless!

Posted by Robin McAuliffe - Middletown, RI - Friend   November 20, 2017

So sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. He'll always hold a "Special" place in the hearts of all those he touched at the St. Andrews Playground. What a guy!
Love to you,

Posted by Jeff Gladwell - Charleston, SC   November 20, 2017

Dear Randy and Suz.

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing.. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

I am sorry I was unable to come to the visitation --

Beat Regards,

Diane Chard

Posted by Diane Chard - Charleston, SC - Friend   November 20, 2017

Chief Randy and Family,
I'm so very sorry and sad to hear of your father's passing. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you.
God Bless and comfort you.

Posted by Raymond Lloyd - Charleston, SC   November 20, 2017

There are times when words are little consolation to the family. This is one of them but I still have to say that Dolly and I hope that you might find some comfort in knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and that the memory of Buddy will serve as a blessing to all of you forever. I cherish all of the chats he and I had over the years both playing softball together and of course at St. Andrews where he was always "the guy".

Posted by David Jaffee - Charleston, SC   November 20, 2017

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man and a beautiful soul. Someone so special can never be forgotten. Thinking of you, at this time of loss.

Posted by Kelley Goodlett    November 20, 2017

Chief Buddy was just a great man that cared so much for the men and women in the fire Dept along with his whole community that he served well after retirement. He will be missed by many. Randy my prayers are with you, your mother and the entire family. You all are family. Love you

Posted by Ben Waring - Summville, SC   November 20, 2017

Our deepest sympathy goes to the family. Chief Buddy was an important asset to the Charleston Fire Department for many years. He was an easy guy to talk to and always smiling. Rest easy my Brother.

Posted by Roger and Jackie Yow CFD Retired - Moncks Corner, SC   November 20, 2017

You have my deepest condolences. May the God of all comfort give you strength at this time.

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Posted by Eddie Weekley - Mount Pleasant, SC   November 20, 2017

We were all out in the vacant lot behind our house on Green Park Ave & Dogwood Road. All the kids in the neighborhood playing baseball, and Dad, who would pitch for both teams. I was playing first, and I remember this kid hit it right back to him - an easy grounder - Dad bobbled it, and didn't make the throw on time. I got so mad, I knew he bobbled it on purpose. But I look back, and that's the type of dad, and man, he was - he would take time out of his weekend to play baseball with the kids, and he would bobble a ball so that a kid could get on base. We love you Pap-Pap!

Posted by Tom Carter - Charleston, SC - Son   November 19, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will miss talking with Buddy at every Stingrays game. He was the kindest most gentle man. My husband and I would occasionally see him working at plays and concerts too. He didn't seem to enjoy the concerts as much. The last one we went to he showed us the schedule of the lineup. He asked what the band TNATF means. When I told him he said I'm getting too old for this Goodbye my sweet buddy. I will miss your smiling face and your hugs. My heart is broken. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Posted by Melissa and Cliff Parker - Mount Pleasant, SC - Friend   November 19, 2017

I am truly sorry to hear about your father. Be encouraged.

Posted by Candace Holmes - Lincolnville, SC   November 19, 2017

He was a great man and will be missed.

Posted by Michael Hanuscin - Charleston, SC - Coworker   November 19, 2017

Hey there Chief Buddy Carter I am sure going to miss seeing you and your wife at the mall. I sure do remember you when I was a little guy when my dad Captain Phil Hawkins when he was in Station 12. R.I.P Chief Buddy Carter we got it from here.

Jason Hawkins

Posted by Jason Hawkins - Charleston, SC   November 19, 2017

Mr. Buddy Carter was such a positive influence to so many people, especially kids and their parents. I always knew that baseball season was upon us when Buddy would walk through the door. I think of him as "Mr. Baseball". Whenever I would ask Buddy how he was doing, he would answer, "Oh pretty good, pretty good" no matter how he was really feeling. Buddy will be missed by me and by his entire St. Andrew's family!

Posted by Kevin Walsh - Charelston, SC - Coworker   November 19, 2017

I can't begin to tell you how sorry was to hear about Buddy. It was only 10 months ago he was at Kenny's funeral. Kenny always said he was his first friend when he joined the fire department. What a good time they had playing softball, no one could stretch on first base like him. They were a pair Kenny catching and Buddy on first. He also bragged how Buddy let him drive his car, something that was most unusual for him to do. Maybe they will have fun talking about old times.
My prayers are with you and the family.

Posted by Eleanor Reynolds - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Family Friend   November 19, 2017

Frankie, Randy, Tom,
Buddy's passing will leave a giant hole in my heart forever. I have never known a more kind, more giving and more gentle man in my life. He was one of a kind and he will be missed terribly. God speed, Buddy.

Posted by Gail Grooms - Charleston, SC   November 19, 2017

So sorry for your loss. I knew Buddy from the Coliseum. I know he will be missed.

Posted by Kristie Johnson - Charleston, SC - Coworker   November 18, 2017


To Frankie & Family:

We were saddened to hear of Buddy's passing. Our love and prayers are with you all. We will miss Buddy very much and will certainly cherish the happy memories we have of him. God Bless and comfort you now and in the days ahead. May he Rest In Peace until will all meet again.
Our Love,
Mary Ruth, Mary Jo, Judy & Sandy

Posted by Sandy Craven - Walterboro, SC - Family   November 18, 2017