Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Retired, Patrick J. “Buddy” McFaddin, 61, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away at home on October 23, 2015. Buddy fought Glioblastoma, Stage IV brain cancer for over four and one half years. He never asked why and said he was ready to meet his Lord and Savior.
He was born in Norton, Virginia on July 21, 1954 at St. Mary’s Hospital. He grew up on Sandy Ridge, VA, attended Greenwood Elementary, Coeburn and Ervinton High Schools and graduated from St. Leo University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Administration. He worked six years in the coal mines before joining the United States Air Force (USAF) in April 1978.
Buddy was preceded in death by his loving grandparents who raised him, Bland Richard Meade and Emma Edwards Meade, his parents, Burl Deen McFaddin and Lavoria Meade McFaddin, and a brother, Marty McFaddin. He is survived by his bride of 42 years, Jeannie Patton McFaddin, one daughter, Nicolette Meade and her husband Aaron, and two beautiful grandchildren, Jaspar Michael and Ione Beatrix Meade; four sisters, Sue Jones, Donna and Roy Adkins, Pamella and Harry Tyree, Eleanor and Craig Hammond; seven brothers, Edward McFaddin, Michael and Sallie McFaddin, Rodney and Tammy McFaddin, Daniel and Donna McFaddin, Steven McFaddin, Anthony and Tammy McFaddin, and Rick McFaddin.
Buddy met Jeannie at Ervinton High School during his senior year and Jeannie’s 9th grade year. They dated one year and he told her that if she married him he would put her through high school and four years of college. He kept his promise by working in the coal mines and while she was doing her student teaching Buddy joined the USAF.
In the USAF he was an Aircrew Life Support Specialist and then cross-trained as a Cost Analyst. He was a First Sergeant and achieved the highest rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Buddy had a phenomenal career and impacted thousands of lives. His energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to take a STAND were qualities that many admired him for and attempted to emulate. Buddy was always involved and provided his thoughts. He did not take a NO or a weak excuse for an answer to an issue that needed to be addressed. He was never afraid to stand up and take his punches, issue a couple of jabs and then a smashing uppercut to get a project done…then say…Who is next? One of his troops told him that if there was ever any dragons that you need an army to slay, I’ll be there for you, like you were for us. Another troop said that if he could borrow a phrase from his favorite Chief of all time, “I’d take a bullet for you any day.”
Buddy’s priorities were God, Country, and Family; Character counts; Your word is your bond; Look, Act and Be Professional; Know yourself and Know your Limitations; Be visionary and embrace change, Count your blessings; Smell the roses and coffee; and Keep it simple and focus on the Elephants! Buddy and Jeannie’s motto was always “Caring, Sharing and Giving Back!”
Buddy had a special place in his heart for the Daughters of Mary, Mother of our Savior located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Buddy called the Sisters, “His Angels here on Earth”. Their special purpose is to live everyday with particular intention of returning gratitude to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sisters consecrate their lives and their work to the Sacred Heart. Buddy loved them with all his heart and was always trying to figure out how to treat and support them in their many endeavors. Also, he loved the precious children that sent up thousands of prayers at St. Pius V School in Long Island, New York and St. Anne’s Academy in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Buddy was blessed by family and friends sending hundreds of cards and emails of love and encouragement. One such ministry was Cancer Hope, Southbrook Christian Church, Miamisburg, Ohio that offers support, hope and love to those struggling with cancer and their caregiver. A special thanks to all the prayer warriors that we never met in person.
Buddy always believed that the Secret to Life is Relationships! When we are all on our death bed, we will not think about the biggest house, best car, or all the money in the world. We will remember our RELATIONSHIPS with our God, our Family, and our Friends. All the materialistic stuff of this world will fade away but our relationships will live into eternity and he prayed that each of you have your RELATIONSHIPS in good condition and right priorities. Take care and God Bless each of you and your family and friends.
“True Leaders value Truth—thus, both are RARE!
PATRICK J. “BUDDY” MCFADDIN, Retired CMSgt, USAF
CMSgt Buddy McFaddin’s Memorial Ceremony will be conducted Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel, 786 McMinnville Hwy, Manchester, TN with reception following. Interment will follow Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Temple Hill Memorial Park, 2529 Memorial Drive, Castlewood, VA. A visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until time of service at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Buddy McFaddin to St. Anne’s Academy, 2445 East County Road E., White Bear Lake, MN 55110. If you have any questions please call them at (651) 748-4947.
ARRANGEMENTS BY COFFEE COUNTY FUNERAL CHAPEL