Colbert - A son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend, husband, father, and HERO has fallen and caught a carriage ride to Heaven.
A native of Madison County, Buddy was the son of Elmer Basco Christian II and Carolyn Roberts Christian. He was a graduate of Madison County High School and served as a Senior Police Officer with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department for the past eight years, and was also a member of the Clarke County Police Honor Guard. Buddy was a volunteer fireman and former Chaplain for the Hull Fire Department; he worked security at Georgia Square Mall, was a part-time employee at Bernstein Funeral Home, and a farrier for family and friends. Buddy was an active member of Hull Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, as well as an Awana youth group leader.
Survivors in addition to his parents include wife, Melissa Rutledge Christian; daughter, Callie Christian; son, Wyatt Christian; brother, Jason Christian, of Ila; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Martha Roberts, of Jersey; paternal great-grandmother, Estelle Rayburn, of Albany; mother-in-law, Paulette Watkins, of Winder; father-in-law, Roger Rutledge, of Buford; and maternal grandmother-in-law, Ruth Watkins, of Winder.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27th at the Athens Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens, GA 30601, with Rev Randy Crowe officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 26th at Bernstein Funeral Home, starting at 4 p.m.
Donations to the Buddy Christian Memorial Fund may be made at any Athens First Bank & Trust location or mailed the bank's headquarters at 150 W. Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601. The money will benefit Buddy's wife and two children.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Mar. 25, 2011