Buddy was born in Butler, Tennessee to the late Carson and Eliza Robinson Whitehead. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several siblings.
Buddy was a lifelong athlete playing baseball in Chambley, France while serving in the United States Air Force and softball for the remainder of his life. He was inducted into various Hall of Fames in Texas and Georgia and the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame. He retired from the United States Postal Service and was a dedicated member of Sinking Creek Baptist Church for over 50 years. Buddy was a member of the Lyons Club. He was a Master Mason, a 50 year member of the Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 in Elizabethton. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Jericho Shriner.
Those left to cherish his many many wonderful memories include his wife of over 50 years, Betty L. Whitehead, of the home; two children, Vanessa McKinney (Tim) and Vince Whitehead, all of Johnson City; five grandchildren, Arielle Faith, Brandon Whitehead, Shaleia Whitehead, Alex McKinney and Carson Whitehead; one brother, Paul Whitehead, of Winson-Salem, NC; and one sister, Sarah Sellers, of Johnson City.
A service to honor and celebrate the life of Buddy Whitehead will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 24, 2020 in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Pastor Jason Hoagland, officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Friday.
The graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton at 10:15 AM on Saturday, to go in procession.
Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
Mr. Whitehead and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office 423-542-2232, service information line, 423-543-4917.