Buddy Saunders

Buddy Saunders

Manteo, NC

James Augustus “Buddy” Saunders Jr., 68, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2012.  Born in Grandy, NC, he was the son of the late James Ervin Saunders and the late Lizzie Rebecca Phillips Saunders.  Mr. Saunders is also preceded in death by his wife, Dora McClease Saunders and his sister, Carrie Doyle.

Mr. Saunders was a hard worker who worked in many capacities over the years including driving a school bus for Dare County, working with the Town of Nags Head for 11 years, and fixing washers and dryers.  Buddy also owned a landscaping business and had retired from the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Dept.  Mr. Saunders was a member of Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church where he also served as a Deacon and was a Mason.

He is survived by his son, Kizen Saunders of Manteo, his daughter Roderica Ruddle and husband Randy of Summertown, TN, and his sister, Goldie Evans and husband Ray of Elizabeth City, NC.  He also leaves four grandchildren, Maranda Taylor Ruddle, Ryleigh Marie Ruddle, Randon Lee Ruddle, Rhys Dorian Ruddle, and a host of nieces and nephews who will cherish his memory.

The Funeral with Masonic Rites will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 22, 2012 at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo.  Burial in Free Grace Cemetery on Burnside Road will be Private.

Twiford Funeral Home, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Sarita Rawls on June 19th, 2012 10:14 am

    God bless you Kizen and Roderica. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my love 2 you.

  2. COQUETTA LAVERNA C. BROOKS on June 19th, 2012 12:09 pm



  3. George & Linda Pearce (Manteo, NC) on June 19th, 2012 1:06 pm

    So sorry to hear about his passing. Our sympathies to his family.

  4. Margarette Etheridge on June 19th, 2012 8:56 pm

    Kizen, Roderica, and family members of Buddy Saunders,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time, with deepest sympathy, The Etheridge Family(Argie’s children)from Currituck County.

  5. Eugene Austin on June 19th, 2012 9:24 pm

    Buddy, may you find rest in the arms of our Lord. Roderica and Kizen, my deepest sympathy to you both.

    Much love
    Mr. Gordy

  6. Mary Jolliff Moore on June 19th, 2012 11:09 pm

    Buddy will be missed. What a sense of humor! God bless the family.

  7. Toni Norfleet-Pfeiffer on June 20th, 2012 5:26 am

    sorry for your lost, i knew of him as a school bus driving as a child going to school her , my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  8. Della Watson on June 20th, 2012 9:13 am

    Goldie,as you walk down memory lane
    remember the laughter and the “Good
    Times” we used to have.
    Willie Mae,James(Buddy),Carrie(Duck)
    Morris,You and I.
    As you sit quietly reflecting on the past read John 11:25,26
    Love you,your cousin,
    Della Watson

  9. Jack Gregory on June 20th, 2012 10:28 am

    Buddy was one of the nicest men I knew. He lived his life just being himself and helping others. When he met Dora I think his life truely began, and I know Dora is singing the sweetest in heavens choir that Buddy is coming home so they can be together, and fuss about love just a little more. God Bless you Buddy, you blessed others by your presence.

    Jack Gregory, and mother Iva Gregory

  10. Brenda on June 21st, 2012 9:57 pm

    I met buddy as a bus driver, he was always friendly to my family, have missed seeing him,

  11. Michael Morse on June 24th, 2012 1:00 am

    I served in RIFD with Buddy and he became a good friend of mine my thoughts and prayers go out to his family

  12. Coy and Jeannette Ambrose on June 26th, 2012 5:35 pm

    Mr. Saunders was bus driver for our two grandkids in the past. Our sympathy goes out to his family.

  13. apostle henry jackson on August 3rd, 2012 9:10 am

    to the saunders family, i am truly sorry about the passing of your loved one buddy. i just found out about his passing yesterday. he was a man of great character, he never disappointed me over the years coming to my crusades along with his wife. i enjoyed hearing him say that he really loved the LORD. HIS SON AND DAUGHTER, BE ENCOURAGED absent from the body present with the Lord

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