A “Celebration of Life” was held in Effland, N.C., on April 9. A graveside service will take place in Crawford at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, with burial in the Crawford Cemetery.
J.C. was born to William Jasper and Hassie Couch Argo of Lexington on Feb. 25, 1923. He lived most of his life in Toccoa and Northeast Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Lesley, Lloyd, Talmadge, Dorsey, and Raymond Argo.
His love of life and children involved him in his career and life activities. He retired from the Georgia Public School System in 1985, after spending his entire teaching career at Woodville Elementary School, Hollywood. After he and Marcia moved to Hillsborough, N.C., his love of working with children continued as they taught and substituted in Orange County Schools, N.C., for another 14 years. In his free time he loved to visit Emerald Isle, N.C., to rock on the porch and fish in the sound and to return to Georgia to visit with family and friends.
Buddy was member of the Hillsborough Exchange Club and worked diligently for the causes that supported the community, but especially for those that dealt with helping children. He was instrumental in the “Quarters For Kids” program which funds centers and programs for the Prevention of Child Abuse. He was a Master Mason of Masonic Eagle Lodge No. 19 in Hillsborough, N.C., and a Shriner in the Amran Temple of North Carolina and a member of the Clown Cast. Even his clown name, OBO (Others Before Oneself) reflected his deep love of others. He was given the chance to walk as a child through the support of The Shriner’s Scottish Rite Hospital of Atlanta and he did not forget to pass that help along throughout his own life. He will also be remembered as Santa in many of the Hillsborough, N.C., Christmas parades.
J.C. is survived by his beloved companion and wife of almost 70 years, Marcia Wells Argo; daughters, Deryl A. McGuire (Michael), Brenda A. Bruni (Frank) of Hillsborough, N.C., and Carol A. Denmark (Doug) of Cochran; 12 grandchildren, Brian McGuire, Sean McGuire, Marcene Davie, James Bruni, Nina Harrison, Monica DiBois, Danielle Miller, Brandon DiBois, Samantha DiBois, Zachary DiBois, Carianne Denmark, Calen Denmark; 11 great-grandchildren, Joseph McGuire, Zane Davie, Austin Davie, Cailey Bruni, Eliana Sayre, Beth Coody, Brook Coody Gilbert, Lindsey Miller, Alex DiBois, Jordan DiBois and Zoe DiBois; and one great-great-grandson, Briar Gilbert.
J.C. is also survived by two brothers and a sister, Pete (Betty) Argo of Athens, Eugene (Jerri) Boyd Argo and Hannah Smith of Lexington and their families.
The family would like to thank the staff at Duke Medical Cancer Treatment Center and the Duke Hospice team.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Hillsborough Exchange Prevention of Child Abuse Program, P.O. Box 565, Hillsborough, NC 27278; or the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/en/Hospitals.aspx.
The Northeast Georgian
April 18, 2012