How Buddy‘s became Buddy’s

With our family being a part of the community for over 100+ years, our family ties run deep. We value this community and feel like each neighbor are a part of our family. Growing up, we always had a home base we visited for any family events or holidays; that place was Buddy’s. Buddy became the icon for our family and our glue for all things. She taught us the values of life, love, and family. We owe so much to her for providing us with all of the memories and life lessons. When it came time to name the store, her’s was the only one that came to mind.

Donna Othella “Buddy” Howell was the third daughter of John and Othella Howell, and was one of 15 children. Her daddy built the house in which she was born and lived in for over 90 years. The majority of those years she lived with her older sister Annie Howell Rabon. She was like a second mother to Annie’s daughter Frances Gregory, and a second grandmother to Frances and Jim’s children Bo, Lynn and Hope Gregory. She preferred they call her “Buddy” instead of Aunt Donna. The name stuck and she was affectionately called “Buddy” for the rest of her 98 years.

A very strong and independent woman, Buddy worked in the operating room at Fort Jackson, now known as Moncrief Army Hospital, for all of her adult life. After Annie remarried in the 1960’s and moved to Lugoff, Buddy stayed on in the family home alone. She had all sorts of farm animals over the years – cows, goats, pigs, horses – and cared for them and her farm well into her 80’s. As long as she was able, she traveled to North Carolina to visit her brothers’ families, and she was always up for vacation trips with the Gregory’s. She loved the mountains, the beach and everywhere in between.

Some of Buddy’s favorite sayings were “You can go home when you can’t go anywhere else”; “Why, I’m just like bad money – I’m likely to show up any time”; and, whenever anyone expressed concern about her going home alone after dark, she would say “That ole devil can get me in the daylight just as well as he can at night.”

She was a founding member of Cedar Creek Methodist Church and was a member of the Eastern Star. She lived a life of service to others – her family, her friends, and her community. Buddy was a remarkable woman and a true friend to all.

From our family to yours!

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