Don Buie looked for the good in people

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

As bad as the news has been lately, there have been some good things that need noting.

The Sanford Rotary is responsible for the honoring of Donald Buie with a memorial near the gazebo on the Endor Iron Furnace Greenway. No one was more deserving.

I met Buie early in his career as a coach and teacher at Greenwood School. Greenwood was a rural school and began a football team, starting from scratch. Buie was the coach. Farm boys had to work on the farms, and they were playing against other rural schools that had established programs.

The school had a terrible record and went at least one year without getting into the win column. The first win was a victory over Benhaven.

But through this ordeal, Buie’s calm demeanor and his focus on his job never wavered. His personality was at the forefront, never blaming or abusing the players.

Buie moved on to work at CCCC.

Don was a doer and always looked for good in people. So many of us look for their faults. He ran for the Lee County Board of Commissioners, finishing second in the primary. But on election day, he was at the polls politicking for the man who beat him.

Don was raised up on a farm, and after retirement, I saw him come up the road by my house on his tractor. He loved outdoor activities.

He was one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. His ex-players loved him, and I never heard him make any critical statement about another person.

Greenwood and Lee County — and all the people’s lives he touched — are better off because God allowed him to pass this way!

Robert O. Stone