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Olonzo Cantrell (Buddy) Profitt
The world has lost a precious soul, but one in which heaven has gained. Olonzo Buddy Proffitt, age 93, embraced Jesus on January 11, 2017, joining his beloved wife Jeanne and other loved ones. The couple moved to Pearisburg, VA in 1949 from Alleghany County to operate the Modern Cut Rate Drug Store and eventually the Dari Delite and Rainbow Drive-In. Buddy also sold insurance and was the manager of Giles and Castle Rock Country Clubs. Also, in Alleghany County, Buddy and Henry Dew operated the Rainbow Drive-In. They along with Buddys son, Bruce, established The Cat and Owl Restaurant, whereas in 1989, Bruce became the sole proprietor. Buddy was proud to be a veteran as he served in the Army Air Force in WWII. As a civic leader, he was involved in the Pearisburg Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts. Known as a colorful character, loving husband, father, grandfather and entertainer, he touched many lives with his quick wit and positive outlook. Buddy loved the Lord Jesus. He was a role model and mentor to his family and friends. His work ethic and love for people became his passion. Living life to its fullest, he was an avid golfer, uniquely creative and talented beyond description. Love, kindness and empathy was the legacy he left for others to emulate. Left with precious memories are his son Bruce Proffitt (Anita), daughter Corky Bailey, grandchildren Jennifer Robinson (Chris), Jean Ann Bailey, Courtney Proffitt, great grandson Blake Robinson, and family friends Jerry Bailey and Bea Ruble. The family will receive friends at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, VA Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 4:30 7:00pm with a celebration of life starting at 7:00pm with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 133, Pearisburg, VA 24134 is appreciated, or consider a random act of kindness honoring the Lord in Buddys memory. A private family graveside service will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge, VA on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:00pm. Givens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at givensfuneralhome.com.
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