Buddy  Weatherford
Robert Joseph "Buddy" Weatherford, age 74, of Athens, Alabama, passed away at his home on the afternoon of Oct. 21, 2019, surrounded by his wife and children.
Buddy was born May 2, 1945, in Athens, Alabama. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Harrison Weatherford; daughter, Rhonda (Jenny) Weatherford of Nashville, Tennessee; son, Jeff (Starla) Weatherford of Athens, Alabama; daughter, Stephanie Weatherford Turner of Athens, Alabama; son, Greg (Sandra) Weatherford of Lester, Alabama; 13 grandchildren, McKenzie, Joey, Zach, Jordan, Brennan, Harrison, Tucker, Anslee, Hudson, Mason, Evan, Gracie and Kinsley; four great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Myron) Kean of Jeffersontown, Kentucky; and brother, Bill (Sue) Weatherford of Elizbeth, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Weatherford; mother, Mildred Chambers; and sister, Martha Carolyn Weatherford.
Buddy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great friend to everyone. He enjoyed golf, playing cards, Alabama football, gardening, woodworking, and being everyone's personal "handyman."
In his professional career, he was a tool and die maker by trade. He was an employee of Prestolite of Decatur, Alabama, and Cutler Hammer of Athens, Alabama, before starting his own companies, Athens Tool & Die Inc. and Air-Dec Inc. After merging those companies, RJW Manufacturing was formed. He was also the owner of Athens Golf & Country Club. Buddy was a past president of Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce, former member of Athens Rotary Club, and current member of Elks Lodge and Salem United Methodist Church. During his high school years at West Limestone High, he was named All-County, District, and Region in basketball, football, and track.
Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, with a memorial service immediately following at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home, Athens, Alabama, with Dr. James Chasteen officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Limestone County.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Griffin, Steve Gilliam, Claude Marks, Bobby Eaves, Willie Hutton, Gary Whitt, Grover Sanders, Johnny Atkins, B.L. Griggs, Gary Compton, Bill Wrenn, Chuck Moore, Jeff Moore, and Stan Bates.
Published on October 23, 2019


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Harold&Ellie; Payne
Oct 24, 2019
Carolyn, we are so sorry to find out about Buddy. We try to keep up with everyone down there. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Love you much and miss our playing golf . Ellie