Rev. Charles Clifton “Buddy” Conway, Jr., 77, of Hawkinsville, entered into the presence of his Lord on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon. “Buddy” was born Dec. 19, 1936 in Savannah to the late Charles C. Sr. & Mary Earl Lee Conway. His precious granddaughter, Anna Marie Conway, 16, also predeceased him.
He graduated from Savannah High School in 1954; Brewton Parker College, Mount Vernon, Ga., 1961; Mercer University, Macon, 1963; and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1969 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C. Ordained a Minister of the Gospel by Morningside Baptist Church, Savannah, Rev. Conway pastored the Sylvania First Baptist Church Mission while at Brewton Parker, Deepstep Baptist Church and Cross Keys Baptist Church Mission (later Emanuel Baptist Church, Macon) while at Mercer, and Richmond Hill Baptist Church prior to entering seminary. While attending seminary, he pastored Hickory Rock Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C. Following seminary, he pastored Windsor Forest Baptist Church in Savannah. He became a Deacon (probationary member) of the South Georgia Conference United Methodist Church and was appointed assistant pastor in 1971 at Trinity UMC in Warner Robins with the responsibility of establishing a new United Methodist Church (UMC) on Russell Parkway (Christ United Methodist Church). Ordained an Elder (full member) of the South Georgia Conference June 1972, he served as pastor of Christ Church; Ingleside UMC, Macon; Millen UMC; Springfield UMC; Aldersgate UMC, Savannah; and Hinesville UMC, retiring June 2000 at Hinesville. He and his beloved wife, Marian, moved to Pulaski County in 2001, where he enjoyed the peaceful country life, his family, hunting and fishing with the grandsons, and trips with the grands.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marian Lancaster Conway; sons, Charles Christopher “Chris” (Julie) Conway of Perry, Ralph Edward “Eddie” (Kiki) Conway of Millen; grandchildren , 2nd Lt. Carson Christopher Conway, USAF; Catelyn Elizabeth Conway and Cory Jonathan Conway, Perry; Charles Edward “Chas” (Haley) Conway, Ethan Harris Conway, Gresham Lee Conway, and Adalee Danell Conway; great- grandson, Chanen Mitchell Conway of Millen; sister, Mary Elizabeth Ethridge of Grayson; nephews, Ben Ethridge of Miami, Fla.; David (Louisa Laird) Ethridge of Savannah; niece, Laurie Ethridge (Art) Pierdon, Loganville, Ga.; grandnephews and grandnieces.
Services in celebration of his life were held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Hawkinsville. Following the service, the family will greet friends in the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions are made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the League of the Good Samaritan at Magnolia Manor at Americus, Ga., the Methodist Children’s Home in Macon, Ga., or any church pastored by Rev. Conway.
He was a Godly man who brought much love to those who knew him and who lived what he preached. He will be greatly missed.