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Obituary for Robert (Buddy) Nettles McCraine
Buddy McCraine, 91, of Terry passed away, April 4th at his home. Visitation is 11-1 at Sebrell Funeral Home on Friday April the 7th with a graveside service following visitation at 1:30P.M. at Jessamine Cemetery in Ridgeland. Buddy was born in Centerville to Robert and Mary McCraine. The family moved to Jackson shortly thereafter and he was raised in the Fondren Hill area. He graduated from Central High School and entered the United States Navy at the age of seventeen. Following training at the Balboa Naval Hospital as a Corpsman, Buddy served in the Pacific Theater and was in the initial invasion of Okinawa. After the war he returned home to Mississippi and worked for Bob Hand as an assistant. He later worked for the Mississippi Highway Patrol as a photographer where he would become the administrator of the Forms Division. While employed at Headquarters he would meet the love of his life, Eloise Craig McCorkle, and they would spend 62 years together. Buddy’s favorite pastimes were bream fishing with his family and reading history. He became an avid race walker, won numerous titles in his age category and he participated in two National Senior Olympic events. Buddy retired from the Highway Patrol in 1986 after 37 years of service. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Mary McCraine, wife Eloise McCraine, sisters Elizabeth McCraine, and Faye Sirois. He is survived by his daughters Sara McCraine (Julie May), Renee’ Taylor (Jack), nieces Mary Sirois, Jeanne Gammon (Joe), Linda Pilgrim, Georganna Keenum (Bobby); nephews Mike Sirois (Georgia), Kim Jurgens (Pam). The family would like to thank Canon Jennifer Deaton of St. Andrews Cathedral for her assistance throughout this journey. The family is indebted to Alice Nichols and Kashena Adams for their loving care of Buddy in the last year of his life.