EC (Buddy) Stephenson

EC (Buddy) Stephenson

Saturday, August 18th, 1945 - Monday, September 9th, 2019
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EC (Buddy) Stephenson, 74, of Rockingham, NC, passed away September 9, 2019 at CarePartners Hospice in Asheville, NC.

Buddy is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Cornelia Davidson Stephenson; and wife, Peggy P. Stephenson.

He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Enloe of Roswell, GA and Norma McIntosh (Thomas) of Swannanoa, NC; nieces, Nancy Mills (Dennis) of Marion, NC and Emily Stewart of WV; nephews, Stephen, David and Gerald Enloe of GA; great nephew, Nicholas Mills (Ashley) of Marion, NC; and longtime friends in Matthews and Rockingham, NC.

After retirement, Buddy regularly volunteered at the VA in Salisbury.

A private graveside service was held at Piney Grove Cemetery in Swannanoa, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Piney Grove Cemetery, PO Box 216, Swannanoa, NC 28778.
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    Piney Grove Cemetery
    372 Bee Tree Road
    PO Box 216
    SWANNANOA, NC 28778
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Bryan Gregory

Posted at 07:36pm
David, in the previous post, is right …"World class and globally recognized" is the phrase Buddy was using to describe me, around others, when I took this profile pic of him for my phone in April 2015.

Buddy’s life was filled with evidence of his love and compassion for others and he has enhanced mine tremendously.
When he would sporadically stop by to see me, he always had a big grin on his face and had joke to tell … He loved to create laughter. Many times he would also bring a newspaper clipping, a book or something he thought would be of interest to me.

Since he was always on the move doing something for someone, it was nearly impossible to reach him by phone. And his keeping that cell phone in the bed of his truck and in his toolbox certainly didn't help matters.

He was highly intelligent, had the memory of an elephant and made friends wherever he went. Unlike me, he took care of himself … By daily walking long distances and as far as I know, he never smoked or drank. Death snuck up on Buddy ... And my hope is that I'll be able to handle mine as well as he did.

I'm thankful he is a part of my life and I'll miss him.

David Allison

Posted at 08:50am
Such an amazing friend who could bring a smile to anyone he encountered. Usually, he started out with a “world class, globally recognized” compliment and only focused on the positive when talking to anyone. This man never knew a stranger. Buddy was, and always will be, an important part of the lives of all those he met.

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