May 17, 2013

James A. ‘Jimmy’ Budd

— The Rev. James A. “Jimmy” Budd, 91, of Union Hill community, Canton, passed away May 14, 2013, after an extended illness.

He was born April 28, 1922, in Mobile, Ala., the youngest of seven children. The Rev. Budd was the son of the late John W. Budd and Susie C. Budd. He served as a United Methodist minister in the North Georgia Conference for more than 60 years.

The Rev. Budd served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Seabees, serving at Guadalcanal and other battles in the Pacific Campaign. After the war he completed his undergraduate degree from Duke University and went on to receive his master’s of divinity from Yale University.

After graduation he joined the North Georgia Conference and was appointed to organize and build St. Mark United Methodist in Augusta. He went on to serve a number of churches in and around the metro Atlanta area including Sardis Methodist, St. John United Methodist, First United Methodist Church of Marietta, North Springs United Methodist and Union Hill United Methodist.

Jimmy Budd will be remembered as an avid fisherman who loved nothing better than to share this experience with everyone he met. Through his love of fishing and the hundreds of trips he organized, lifelong friendships were made and the love of Christ was spread. He used these opportunities to bring people together and draw them into the body of Christ. He was truly a “fisher of men.”

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Bobbye Jean Budd, the mother of his three children, and his grandson, Adam James Budd. He is survived by his devoted wife, Marlene Ledford Budd of Union Hill; a son, James A. Budd Jr. of Robbinsville, N.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Bruce Wauer of Whitefish, Mont., and Mary Sue and Tony Harbin of Dalton; seven grandchildren, two great-grandsons, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, many nieces and nephews.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at North Springs United Methodist, Roswell. Pastor Brad Anderson and special nephew Warren C. Budd will officiate. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Union Hill Cemetery in Canton.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northside Chapel, Crabapple Road, Roswell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jimmy Budd Memorial Fund at Union Hill, 2000 AJ Land Road, Canton, GA 30115, or to the Foundation of Wesley Woods, 1817 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329.