Harry "Buddy" Hewes Heathcock, 61, of Pensacola, passed away March 10, 2014, of cancer.
As a boy, Buddy played in the sand and waters at Woodlawn Beach, rode bikes in Myrtle Grove and attended grade school in Mobile, AL. Returning to Pensacola, he graduated from Escambia High School, then chose Auburn University to study mechanical and electrical engineering and psychology. He became a forever student with interests in science, nature, art, history, music, and Auburn football. He transitioned from the War Eagle Supper Club to Craftsman Contractors, and eventually Sacred Heart Cathedral School. As a loyal employee of SHCS for 22 years, Buddy was a perpetual friend and so much more to the staff and students. Buddy enjoyed good food, dark beer, porch breezes, good books, and conversation with friends. He will always be remembered as a kind soul with a gentle, giving spirit.
His mother, Agnes Heathcock, a native of Anniston, AL, precedes him in death.
He is survived by his devoted sister, Alice Heathcock of Havana, FL; a host of cousins, Gordon Brown, Kenny Norton, Beth Clark, Dottie Gerr, Shirley Wilcox, Linda Hart and their families; and his faithful feline companions, Charlie and Anxious.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30am Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with the Very Rev. Fr. James Valenzuela, celebrant, along with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael Reed and Rev. Fr. Matt Worthen, concelebrants.
Honorary Pallbearers are Pat Sullivan, Dave Duerk, Robert Broadly, Bobby Haines, and members of the Cathedral's Holy Name Men Society, past and present.
Heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nursing staff of Sacred Heart Cancer Center, Buddy's SHCS family, parishioners of the Cathedral, and special gratitude to Mrs. Rita Reynolds (deceased) and the "Verns".
Memorial contributions may be made to the Buddy Heathcock Memorial Scholarship at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.
*AU/Magnolia Hall "Buddy 1971-Infinity"
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