Guy E. (Buddy) Tabor Jr., 63, of Juneau, Ala., and formerly of Roanoke, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2012, suffering from lung cancer. He was lovingly cared for by his wife, Jeanette; his son, Jessee; and his sister, Margaret; as well as a host of his Juneau friends, hospice workers and nurses, for which his family will always be grateful. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine Gardner and Guy Edison Tabor Sr. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Chee Tabor; and his sons, Jessee Tabor and Joshua Tabor. Surviving sisters are Ann (Auburn) Light, Barbara (Ben) Flora, Judy Tabor and Margaret (Tommy) Armstrong. Nieces and nephews include Aubie (Kelly) Light and son, Alex, Doug (Missy) Light, Sheri Light and son, Austin, Keaton Tabor, Judith Ann Tabor and son, DaShawn, Michelle Armstrong, Rebecca Armstrong, and Meghan (Chris) Sangar. Also surviving are several aunts and an uncle; many friends; and also brothers, sisters, and relatives of his wife's family. A house painter by trade, Buddy's deep emotional calling was music. Caught up in the music of the 1960s, he bought a guitar and proceeded to teach himself to play, Devoted to his music, he not only played, but wrote and composed songs, and produced a number of CDs. Much of his music reflected his love of the road, his love of Juneau, Ala., as well as other interests. He truly loved Juneau, his musical and political friends there, and performing at the folk festivals in Juneau and elsewhere. Of special note was his performing for the inmates of Folsum Prison. Throughout his life he loved his family and was supported by them in his endeavors. We remember Buddy, his music, sharing hikes, and his passion for Juneau, nature, Bob Dylan and politics. Phrases such as "Take a picture with your mind", "Sometimes a light burns a hole in the dark, and through that hole flies a meadowlark" will serve to remind us of his poetic nature and his love of music. A Memorial Service is planned in Juneau on Saturday, February 11, 2012. His family in Roanoke will have an informal service at a yet to be determined time. Courtesy announcement by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
This obituary was originally published in the Roanoke Times.