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Betty Gatch Budds
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
  • St. Johannes Lutheran Church
    48 Hasell Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • or to:
  • Bishop England Endowment Fund
    363 Seven Farms Drive
    Charleston, SC 29492

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“Johnny, Eric and Laurie,Just know that I am so very sorry that we could not be with you during this time. Your mother was always such a gentle person...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Rosemary Ryan - Daniel Island, SC

“John and family, sorry for loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Irvin, Michelle, and Joseph Condon ”
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“Hello, Claudia. Am sorry to read of the loss of your mother-in law. She sounded like a very special loving lady. May you be comforted by good...Read More »
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“Johnny, Eric and Laurie, I was sorry to hear about Aunt Betty's passing. I remember the happy day Uncle Jack brought Betty to meet his big family at...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Genie Rawlings - Family


Betty Gatch Budds, 84, of Charleston, South Carolina, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020 surrounded by family at her son's home in Chapin, South Carolina. A private graveside service with immediate family members will be held on May 9, 2020 at Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Betty was born in Charleston, South Carolina on September 16, 1935 to Eric Leo Gatch and Erma Heinsohn Gatch. She graduated from M. Rutledge Rivers High School and attended Newberry College. She was then employed by the City of Charleston where she met her husband. Betty married John Joseph Budds (Jack) on February 1, 1958 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Charleston.

She then became a full time homemaker and mother. Betty and Jack were blessed with four children. She devoted her life to raising her children and doting over her grandchildren. Betty was happiest surrounded by her family or working in her yard. She was a dedicated member of her beloved Saint Johannes Lutheran Church and volunteered there frequently.

Betty is survived by her children: John J. Budds Jr. (Claudia), Eric Gatch Budds (Nina), and Laurie Budds Davis (Albert Jr.); and her grandchildren: Maggie Davis, Thomas Budds, Ben Davis, William Budds, Sean Budds, Jackson Davis, and Lauren Budds. She is preceded in death by her father, Eric Leo Gatch; her mother, Erma Heinsohn Gatch; her husband, John J. Budds; sister, Eleanor Gatch Moore, and her son, James Earl Budds.

Her family would like to thank Amedysis home health and hospice care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Johannes Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 21927, Charleston, SC 29413 or to the Bishop England Endowment Fund, 363 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492.