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Joseph "Joe Buddy" Meadows Creswell

Joe Buddy Creswell, 82, resident of 4228 Hwy. 201 husband of Vivian Pruitt Creswell died Thursday Oct. 4, 2007 at his home.

Born in Abbeville Co. SC he was a son of the late Joseph M. and Janie Martin Creswell.

Joe Buddy attended Abbeville Co. Schools and was a U.S. Marine veteran having served in the Marshall Islands. After working in Abbeville Mills for a number of years Joe Buddy began his long career in law enforcement in 1951 a career that spanned over 35 years. Joe Buddy started as a patrolman with the Abbeville City Police Dept. and worked his way through the ranks and was named City Chief of Police in 1975. Joe Buddy retired from law enforcement in 1987. His law enforcement education included police schools such as FBI Special Training, FBI Finger-Printing, SC Traffic Accident Training Investigation, SC Detective Investigation and SC Homicide and Rape Training, Counterfeiting and Forgery, SC Narcotics Training and SC Criminal Records. He also served in SC Attorney General Leadership Training level 1 and 2 , and served for four years as a group leader in training law enforcement officers.

Joe Buddy was also and active member of his community as he was a mason and member of the Clinton Lodge# 3 AFM and a shriner and a member of the Hejaz Shrine Temple.He was also a member of the American Legion Post #2 and the VFW. He also served on the Foster Care Board and was an active member of Southside Baptist Church. Joe Buddy will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by his family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Pruitt Creswell of the home; 2 sons, Barry Creswell and his wife Cheryl of Abbeville, SC and Steve Creswell and his wife Erna of Aiken, SC; 2 daughters, Vickie Roller and her husband Ronnie of Abbeville, SC and Renee' Creswell of Atlanta, GA; 1 step-daughter Gwen Prince and her husband Robbie of Ninety Six, SC; 1 step-son Kent Culbreth and his wife Joyce of Level Land, SC; He was twice married first to Quida Adams Creswell; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was the last member of his immediate family.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday Oct 6, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Hartley and Sheriff Charles Goodwin officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:00 PM. The burial will follow in Melrose Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646 or to Abbeville Health Related Home Care 818 West Greenwood St. Abbeville, SC 29620.

The family is at the home 4228 Hwy. 201 Abbeville, SC and at the home of his daughter Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Roller 121 West St. Abbeville, SC 29620.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Friday, October 5, 2007
6:00-7:30 PM


Southside Baptist Church
505 W Greenwood St
Abbeville, SC  29620
Saturday, October 6, 2007
2:00 PM


Melrose Cemetery
Hwy 28
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

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Nancy W. & Don Reece Oct 6 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Vivian, So sorry to hear of your loss. Joe Buddy was a fine person and friend. I will always have fond memories of him. My prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

Susan C. Hagen Oct 5 2007 12:00 AM

Vivian, I'm sorry to learn of the passing of Joe Buddy. I remember all the good times we all had in the past at the Law Enforcement Conventions. You are in my thoughts and prayers. When I lost Bobby it took a while to get over it, but the Lord will see you through it. Becky Malone Polk

Becky Malone Polk Oct 5 2007 12:00 AM

Vivian, Don and I wanted to send our love and thoughts to you at this time. We always enjoyed being in Joe Buddy's company. We know you will miss him. You and yours will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. The grief that you are now experiencing cannot take away the happiness you two shared. God bless.

Don and Sarah McClain Oct 5 2007 12:00 AM

Vivian and family: We are sorry to learn of the passing of your loved one, Joe Buddy. You and members of your family will be in our thoughts and prayers today, tomorrow and the days to follow. May God be with you in the coming days.

Frank & Peggy Clamp Wilson Oct 4 2007 12:00 AM