AUGUSTA, Ga. - Buddy Metcalf (Virgil B.), 72, of 3344 Sugar Mill Rd., Augusta, 30907, passed away suddenly Monday, November 14, 2005. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Augusta on Walton Way, Saturday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. Buddy was born May 10, 1933, in Landrum, S.C. and was the son of the late Virgil and Rosamae Campbell Metcalf. He graduated from Landrum High School in 1951 followed by enlistment in the U.S. Air Force in which he served 12 years attaining the rank of staff sergeant as an air traffic controller. Upon discharge from the military, he continued his work as an air traffic controller with the FAA for 18 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Augusta where he was actively involved with the benevolence mission program. He was an active member of the Augusta Elk's Lodge #205 where he served three consecutive terms as Exalted Ruler and various other offices. As member of the Augusta Shrine Club, he was a past president and served on the Board of Directors, a member of the Road Runners Club, that had as its objective providing transportation for crippled and burned children to Shriner's Hospitals, and he was in the Shrine Legion of Honor unit. Although the Augusta Shrine Clown Unit had dissolved, Buddy continued dressing out as a clown and participating in some parades and various other functions. Buddy was a 32 degree Mason and served as an active member of Richmond Lodge 412 of Hephzibah as well as the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry on Washington Rd. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 63. Survivors include his wife, Sue, of 14 years; two daughters, Ginger Zincara and husband, Jim of Troy, Ala. and Carmala Betz of Colorado and granddaughter, Jennifer; three great-grandchildren of Colorado; two sisters, Martha McCutcheon of Dillard, Ga. and Doll Steadman of Ft. Smith, Ark.; three stepsons, Williams McNair and wife, Kathy and son, Chip of China Spring, Texas, Jimmy McNair, Memphis, Tenn. and daughter, Briana and Mike McNair of Boyton Beach, Fla. and twins, Donna Sue and Danny and son, John. For those desiring, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, Ga. 30909; Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 West Farris Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605 or Elks-Aidmore Children's Center, 2394 Morrison Rd., Conyers, Ga. 30094.
The Augusta Chronicle December 15, 2005