July 5, 1951 – October 2, 2020
Charlie Buffkin, 69 of Ocean Isle Beach passed away Friday, October 2, 2020 at his home.
Charlie was born in Columbus County on July 5, 1951, son of the late Clarence Buffkin and Lottie Mae Hodge Buffkin. Charlie and his wife Phyllis lived in Laurinburg until they moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 2015 where they became members of Calabash Covenant Presbyterian Church. Charlie retired from Campbell Soup Company. While in Laurinburg, he was a member of Laurinburg Masonic Lodge #305 where he served as Master, Coach, and as a Trustee of the Lodge for five years. He also served as District Deputy Lecturer and had the pleasure of watching three nephews become involved in the Masonic Lodge and Shriners. After moving to Ocean Isle Beach Charlie was always busy, whether it was gardening, working on a home remodel or traveling with his wife. Spending his time at the polls was one of his favorite activities. He advanced from many positions such as poll worker, machine technician, ballot coordinator, and finally to ballot count machine operator. Charlie was looking forward to working this year’s election polls. Charlie was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Buffkin, Joe Buffkin, and Bud Buffkin, and one sister, Alice Faye “Dixie” Buffkin.
Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Phyllis Buffkin of Ocean Isle Beach; sisters, Margaret Rodriguez and husband Manuel of Jacksonville, Florida, Susan Butler and husband David of Clarkton, and Barbara Green and husband Michael of Whiteville; brother-in-law, Marcus Lovett and wife Cathy of Tabor City; sisters-in-law, Donna Bower and husband Drew of Durham, Connie Buffkin of Tabor City and Shirley Buffkin of Laurinburg; nephews, Justin, Jason, Graham, Scott, Happy, Joey, David, Matthew, Andrew, and Christian; nieces, Margie, Renee, Alicia, and Faith; great nephews, Nathaniel, Gabriel, Abram, Lloyd, Zachary, Evan, Jainus, and Ryan; great nieces, Kristin, Samantha, and Zoe; great-great nephews, Dalyn and Randall; and great-great nieces, Madalyn and Ilizabeth.
A Memorial Service will be at eleven o’clock on Friday, October 9, 2020 at White Funeral and Cremation Service Chapel, 3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, North Carolina. The wearing of face masks and social distancing will be observed.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to South Brunswick Interchurch Council, PO Box 1461, Shallotte, NC 28459.
You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com
White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte.
A Memorial Service
Friday, October 9, 2020
October 20, 2020
I had the opportunity to work with Charlie at the polls and was looking forward to seeing him again. I was totally shocked when I found out that he had passed away. Many of us are going to miss his smile and pleasant attitude. I remember him serving at our church dinner theater last year and the next night he brought his wife so they could enjoy a night out together. I am glad that I met Charlie. He was a warm and gentle person. He was dedicated to anything he volunteered to do. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
October 9, 2020
I had the pleasure of riding as a VOICE volunteer with Charlie a few times. He was a pleasant person to be with.
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
October 7, 2020
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY:
I’M ONE OF DREW & DONNA BAUER’S ‘LONG TIME’ FRIEND. THEREFORE, WHENEVER THEY LOSE A ‘BELOVED’ FAMILY MEMBER, IT SADDENS MY ❤️ TOO. 😢 I PRAY THAT THE ‘PEACE’ OF GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.
October 7, 2020
There are so many wonderful things to say about Charlie,
he was just a delight to know ! I will Always remember him as
very happy Person and his smile~ love you lots ! Leslie
October 6, 2020
If Webster’s Dictionary had a word that meant “perfect neighbor and friend” it would be “Charlie”. As his neighbor and friend, I have been blessed to drive by his house every time I come home or leave on errands. I always kept an eye out for Charlie, who likely would be in his yard working on one of his constant, wonderful projects. Such a special, kind, loving, funny, smart and articulate man.
Brian and Barbara Beauregard
October 6, 2020
CHARLIE WAS EVERYONE'S BEST FRIEND NOT BECAUSE OF US, BUT BECAUSE OF HIM.
HE LOVED WHOMEVER HE MET WITHOUT CONDITION OR COMPLAINT, AND WAS ALWAYS FULLY OPEN WITH FRIENDLINESS AND HUMOR.
HE TRULY PERFORMED MORE THAN JUST GOOD WORKS AMONGST MEN, RATHER PERFECT WORKS. HIS SINCERITY, ENERGY, & SPIRIT GAVE JOY TO SO MANY.
WE LOVE AND GRIEVE WITH PHYLLIS AND FAMILY AS WE DRAW OUR WARM MEMORIES CLOSE.
October 5, 2020
For an alto short a time I was Charlie and phyliss eighbor. Thank you dear Charlie and phillis for all you have done for everyone you have met. Charlie was an icon of love and pairence.
October 5, 2020
I will miss you dearly my friend. You touched my heart so deeply with your friendship. One of the most kind and generous persons I ever met. We always had a great time hanging out!!! When my time comes I will see on the other side, until then R.I.P. brother.
October 3, 2020
Charlie is one of the sweetest, helpful, loving man we have ever met. He and his wife Phyllis touched our life many times, making our life special and better each time. Thank you Phyllis.
We will miss him so much.