The Obit For Buddy Nidiffer

Davd Nidiffer Sr.

Published in The State on October 24, 2010

COLUMBIA - Services for David Barry "Buddy" Nidiffer, Sr., of 4441 Reamer Avenue, Columbia, SC will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 25th at Shandon United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Mr. Nidiffer died peacefully, Friday, October 22, 2010. Born in Elizabethton, Tennessee was the son of the late Ralph E. and Frances Miller Nidiffer of Elizabethton, Tennessee. He attended The University of South Carolina where he lettered in football and baseball. Buddy was formerly associated with the New York Yankee Baseball Association. He was also drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions.

He served as a past member of the boards of Carolina Sunshine for Children, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, the South Carolina Debutante Ball, Shandon United Methodist Church and numerous baseball organizations. He is a former member of the University of South Carolina Letterman's Association. He coached for 18 years in the Palmetto Baseball League of the Carolina Children's Home and coached an all-star Trenholm Park Little League team to a state championship and on to the national level. He was inducted into the Elizabethton, Tennessee High School Athletic Hall of Fame in August of 2001.

He was a member of Shandon United Methodist Church, where he served for a number of years as the Sunday School Superintendent, and was a member of the Joy Class. In recent years, he enjoyed Sunday service at Shandon Baptist Church. In 1996, he retired from Ross Laboratories, a division of Abbott Laboratories where he was a top sales representative in the nation for many years.

Buddy had a lifelong passion for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and sports enthusiast. He was happiest surrounded by his beloved children and grandchildren. His compassion for family and friends was overwhelming. He had unconditional love for all those around him.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Dorothy Ann "Dottie" Neese Nidiffer of Columbia; a daughter, Elise Graham Nidiffer Wilson and son-in-law, William Ancrum Boykin Wilson; sons, David Barry Nidiffer, Jr. and daughter-in-law Lee Anne McAlister Nidiffer; and Mark Miller Nidiffer and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Viohl Nidiffer; and six grandchildren, David Barry Nidiffer, III, Jaseph Theodore Nidiffer, Frances Anne Nidiffer, Anne Elise Nidiffer, Susanna Ancrum Wilson, and Caroline Jennings Nidiffer, all of Columbia.

Also survived by sisters Karen N. Reed (Hugh); Brenda N. Taylor (Howard); and Deborah N. Bishop (Jim) and a special brother-in-law Ben Morrell as well as many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Dr. Hal H. Crosswell, Dr. Tom L. Austin, Francis R. Faulling, William D. Snyder, Weems Baskin, and Hugh M. James.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Dunbar Funeral Home on Devine Street.

Memorials may be made to Shandon United Methodist Church at 3407 Devine Street 29205, Shandon Baptist Church at 5250 Forest Drive 29206 or Carolina Children's Home at 3201 Trenholm Road 29204.