Daniel Sherman ìBuddyî Mahaffey, Jr., 86, of Hendersonville, passed away Wednesday, May 7, at the Elizabeth House. A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was a son of the late Daniel Sherman Mahaffey, Sr. and Nellie Gaylean Mahaffey. He was a veteran of WW II, having served 2 years in the U.S. Army and 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Landscaping Dept. of the NC Department of Transportation. He was an avid musician who played the guitar, an accomplished wood carver and whittler and had a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors. He was of the Baptist Faith. He was a gentle soul who loved and was loved by all who knew him and never spoke a harsh word about anyone. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Sue Dalton Mahaffey, to whom he showed unconditional devotion. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, May 10, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Dale Gilbert will officiate. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731.