John Earl "Buddy" Spring Jr.
January 14, 1938 – July 7, 2018
John Earl “Buddy” Spring, Jr. 80, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018 at his home in Madison, MS. A visitation will be held on Monday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. followed by an 11:00 a.m. service at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland, MS. Buddy will be buried with family in Meadville, MS immediately following the service.
Mr. Spring was born in New Orleans, LA, but spent his childhood in Brookhaven, MS. He graduated from Brookhaven High where in 1955 he was named Mr. Brookhaven High. He then attended college at Mississippi State University before accepting a football scholarship at Co-Lin and Louisiana College where he then graduated. He has since been an avid Mississippi State fan and loved watching the Bulldogs play.
Buddy married Patricia Ann Corban of Meadville, MS in 1957 and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. He loved being surrounded by his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting at Wells Creek Hunting Club in Franklin County, playing golf with his friends and spending time on the tractor at Cowbell Farms. His career in the Highway Construction business spanned over 40 years beginning with his longtime business partner and dear friend, Andy Pressgrove. Their company, American United Products, was based in Natchez, MS. After a merger with Choctaw Inc., later, Hansen American, he relocated to Madison, MS to be near his children and grandchildren. Upon his retirement from Hansen, he remained active in the construction business and joined Bulldog Construction on a part-time basis with Stan and Nancy Black.
He was a devoted husband and family man and spent the majority of his time with his children, grandchildren and friends. He also attended and was a former Deacon at First Baptist Church in Madison, MS.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Corban Spring; two sons, Gregory Bryan Spring (Vicki) of Madison and John Kyle Spring (Kim) of Pensacola, FL; brother, Gene Spring; two brother-in-law’s, Vernon Netherland and Ken Corban; sister-in-law, Pauline Greer Corban; seven grandchildren, Courtney Spring Carlton (Ben), Sarah Spring Utterback (Paul), Peyton Spring, Jordan Spring Harding (Will), Tristan Spring, Gage Spring, and Kylee McKell Spring; one great-grandson, Paul Neal Utterback, Jr. Buddy was predeceased by his mother, Hulda Montgomery Spring, his father, John Earl, Sr., his sister, Sylvia Netherland and brother-in-law, Mickey Corban.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Buddy’s name to the Madison First Baptist Church Building Fund.
- Patricia Ann Spring, Wife
- Gregory Bryan and wife Vicki Spring, Son
- John Kyle and wife Kim Spring, Son
- Mr. Spring also leaves his brother, Gene Spring; two brother-in-law’s, Vernon Netherland and Ken Corban; sister-in-law, Pauline Greer Corban; seven grandchildren, Courtney Spring Carlton (Ben), Sarah Spring Utterback (Paul), Peyton Spring, Jordan Spring Harding (Will), Tristan Spring, Gage Spring, and Kylee McKell Spring; and one great-grandson, Paul Neal Utterback, Jr. to cherish his memory.
- Stan Black, Active
- Ben Carlton, Active
- Josh Crowder, Active
- Will Harding, Active
- Gage Spring, Active
- Peyton Spring, Active
- Paul Utterback, Active
- Bill Colson, Honorary
- Bennie French, Honorary
- Andy Pressgrove, Honorary
- Bobby Simon, Honorary
- Bob Spring, Honorary
- Randy Tucker, Honorary
- Sam Vinson, Honorary
- Well's Creek Hunting Club, Honorary
First Baptist Church Madison Building Fund
2100 Main St, Madison, Mississippi 39110
- Visitation Monday, July 9, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, July 9, 2018
John Earl "Buddy" Spring Jr.
July 8, 2018
Buddy has been such an important part of our neighborhood since the day I moved in over 23 years ago. One of my fond memories was the night I called Pat to tell her a snake was in my house. She rushed Buddy over and he saved me from that vicious reptile. It measured at least four inches long.
Seriously, it has been my privilege and joy to live next door to Pat and Bud. Their example of a Christian marriage has always been a shining example for all of us.
I am speaking for all of the neighbors when I say that we are indeed family. We have lost part of our family but as Christians we are not without hope because we know one day we will all be united again.
So, Pat, we will all take care of you until you and Bud are together again.
Sharon (for your Rutherglen family]
Wanda and Eddie Beach
July 8, 2018
Mr. Buddy use to come by our office, Midway Construction Inc, in Roxie. This was when he was a salesman for concrete pipe.It was always great to see him.
July 8, 2018
I came to know Mr. Buddy at Wells Creek Hunting Club with my dad (Mark Thornton). Mr. Buddys heart of gold always stood out because no matter what was happening he always had a smile on his face and looked at the bright side of everything. I’ll never forget one day he called me after he had got done hunting and got me to come help him find his 4wheeler because he had covered it up with a camouflage cover. Don’t eat all the oreos in heaven before I get there Mr. Buddy. ~Your hunting buddy Jonathan
July 7, 2018
Oh where do I began! Ms. Pat and Buddy were our friends and neighbors in Natchez, Ms. They soon became part of our family when their son, Greg married my sister, Vicki. Loved Mr. Buddy and his kind , loving heart. He always wanted to help when things weren't right. He loved Ms. Pat unconditionally and they were a love we all hope for!! He will be missed by all who loved him. I am so sorry he is gone from our world. I do find peace in knowing he is with our Lord and will not be sick anymore. You were a special man Mr. Buddy! We will miss you and your loving smile! Prayers to Ms. Pat, Greg and Vicki and their family, Kyle and Kim and their family! We love yall! Pam and Billy Shepard