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Buddy Randolph Carter, Sr.

Buddy Randolph Carter, Sr.
  • September 1, 1936 - November 16, 2017
  • Charleston, South Carolina

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“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...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Steve Campbell - charleston, SC

“Frankie, Randy & Tom: Mr. Buddy was one of the nicest gentleman we knew. Even though we lived in the adjoining neighborhood, we probably knew...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Janet Cooper-Tanner - SC - friend

“My condolences to the Carter family. I pray God comforts the family during this time of bereavement. May the many cherished memories of Buddy...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa - SC

“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...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Paul Wieters - Charleston, SC

“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....Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Robin McAuliffe - Middletown, RI

“Frankie,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....Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Jeff Gladwell - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Diane Chard - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Raymond Lloyd - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: David Jaffee - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Kelley Goodlett

“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...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Ben Waring - Summville, SC

“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...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Roger and Jackie Yow CFD Retired - SC

“You have my deepest condolences. May the God of all comfort give you strength at this time. ”
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14 of 24 | Posted by: Eddie Weekley - Mount Pleasant, SC

“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...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Tom Carter - Charleston, SC - Son

“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...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Melissa and Cliff Parker - SC

“I am truly sorry to hear about your father. Be encouraged. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Candace Holmes - Lincolnville, SC

“He was a great man and will be missed. ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Michael Hanuscin - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Jason Hawkins - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin Walsh - Charelston, SC

“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...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Eleanor Reynolds - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“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...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Gail Grooms - Charleston, SC

“So sorry for your loss. I knew Buddy from the Coliseum. I know he will be missed. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Kristie Johnson - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Sandy Craven - Walterboro, SC


Buddy Randolph Carter, Sr., 81, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Frankie Boyce Carter entered into eternal rest Thursday, November 16, 2017. The family will receive friends Monday, November 20, in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Buddy was born September 1, 1936 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, son of the late Willie Ceborn Carter and Alma Craven Carter. He attended Old Courtney Elementary, and Charleston High School. Buddy was a graduate of The National and The South Carolina Fire Academies, Midlands, and Trident Technical College. He served in the S.C. National Guard in the Washington Light Infantry. He retired from the Charleston Fire Department in 1994 after 36 years as the Chief Fire/Arson Investigator and was also a reserve police officer in the Charleston Police Department. Buddy was the past president of the Tri-county Fire Chief's Association, and he received the Knights of Columbus Fireman of the Year award, and a number of other awards and citations. He also worked at The North Charleston Coliseum on the Event Staff for the past 23 years.

Buddy began volunteering at St. Andrews Parks and Playground in 1970 and remained active until his passing. He served in variety of roles, including coaching, volunteering and as an employee. Buddy was the Athletic Departments part-time Employee of the Year on multiple occasions and was inducted in 2011 into the St. Andrews Parks and Playground Hall of Fame. He served as Dixie Youth District 7 Umpire-in-Chief for many years, and The South Carolina State National Umpire Association for Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Leagues.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Frankie Carter; two sons, Buddy "Randy" Randolph Carter, Jr., and his wife Suzanne(Suzy), William "Tom" Thomas Carter; three grandchildren, Wilson Scott Carter, Buddy "Trey" Randolph Carter III., and Mason Mullinax all of Charleston, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Buddy's honor to the Lowcountry Firefighter's Support Group, firefightersupport.org.