Daddy, Not a day will go by that I do not think of you and mom. I promise to be the best version of myself to honor you and mother when we are all reunited. I hope to make you proud. You taught me so much, that it seems inconceivable to walk through life without your guiding hand. But, I know you will be with me the whole time guiding me in my heart. Your love was truly unconditional no matter my faults. And, perhaps loving someone in that way is the greatest wisdom you bestow upon me. I love you daddy. Scott
Scott Gray, August 6, 2020 Farewell Uncle Bud. Now you be with your Sweetheart, Mother, Father and Sisters. You will be missed David and Brenda Victor, August 2, 2020 Robert and Family, We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Father Our hearts go out to your entire Family Jim & Sharon Hudspeth email@example.com, July 31, 2020 What an incredible man Buddy was. I was aware of his academic accomplishments but he had so many other dimensions to his life which I did not know as much about and which made him so very special. Upon meeting him you couldn't but realize that he was an original -- a unique and very genuine man who enjoyed the company of others, cared about those around him, and was always comfortable having a good laugh. I'm humbled but also proud to be able to follow in the footsteps of such a man. Ron Butler, July 30, 2020 Hello Kelly, Robert and Scott, I'm sorry not to have seen you guys in such a long time, but know that you have never been out of my heart, as you all were like family for so much of our younger lives. Buddy and Becki were incredibly special to our family. I miss getting to hear about our parent's visits on the phone and in person. I'm glad my mom and dad got to see you all at Becki's service. I'm sorry this chaos is causing you to have to not have a service as I know you would have been overwhelmed with the turn out. Buddy was a brilliant man. I love his book and I love the memories of our camping trip to CO that year. I wish you all peace in your hearts. I for sure know that Buddy and Becki are in each other's arms again. They will always be looking down on you all. Love, Mendy Fort Collins, CO
Mendy Wimberly Putman, July 30, 2020 What a wonderful tribute! I wish I had known this intriguing, brilliant, kind and giving person! His legacy lives on in so many lives, of students, colleagues, family and friends. My prayers are with you as you mourn your loss but celebrate his life. Alyce M. McKenzie, July 30, 2020 Buddy was the best colleague and a great friend. He and Lee McAlester invited me to be part of the little Tuesday afternoon group, “the guys,“ and we would meet at Ozona to talk with great good humor about the foibles of life at SMU. He was one of the few scholars I know who talked deeply about how he taught students. He respected his students and wanted them to learn. Best teacher, best scholar, best colleague. He talked about his kids with constant love and affection. A really lovely man. bonnie wheeler, July 30, 2020 Buddy was an exceptionally talented and devoted teacher, scholar and administrator. I had the pleasure of working with Buddy from his arrival in '73 until his retirement. His deep love for students and SMU always shined. My heartfelt sympathies to his family and the SMU community. John Hall, University Registrar, SMU John Hall, July 30, 2020 I am so sad… I came to SMU in 2003 as a fresh Ph.D. graduate. Although I only had three years overlapping with Buddy, I feel like his presence in my career all the time. I was so amazed by his passion for his job, especially for teaching and research he had been doing. I was raised up in an environment and at a time telling me that a person’s job was mainly for making a (better) living. There was nothing wrong with that, especially back to those days my family had to cut the expenses on food and clothes for purchasing the first black-white TV. However, after getting to know Buddy, I was soon convinced by his example that one can and should work for her curiosity and passion. When he retired, I asked for his teaching notes and he was so happy to give them to me. He smiled like a kid at the moment he handed over his notes to me… My deepest condolences to his family. He will never truly be gone, for he has left such a meaningful presence in our hearts.
Sherry Wang, July 30, 2020