Alton ‘Buddy’ Chaney

Mr. Alton Chaney (Buddy), age 83, of St. Mary’s passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville FL.

Mr. Chaney was born April 2, 1937 in Pridgen, GA.  He was the son of Calvin Chaney and Tellie Jo Chaney.

Alton and his wife Audrey moved to St. Mary’s in 1956. He was employed at Gilman Paper Company for 40 years, retiring from the wood yard as a shift supervisor. Alton was an avid outdoorsman, farmer, athlete, and loved to travel. He was known to have a keen knowledge of the local rivers and the local wildlife. He was on the rivers as much as possible where he caught fish and shrimp in abundance. Alton, being raised on a farm, used his ‘green thumb’ with several acres of local garden and also helped share the workload on his father’s acreage of farming in Waycross, GA. Alton loved sports and played in local softball and basketball teams.

During his younger years, Alton and family were on the road traveling and pulling a camper. In retirement, traveling continued with overseas travel. Alton Chaney was known as a strong man, but kind and generous by nature. He was a great father and very family oriented, and attended all sports and other events his kids and grandkids were involved in.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be missed by many.

Mr. Chaney is survived by his children, David (Faith) Chaney of Kingsland, Calvin (Noel Morata) Chaney of Keaau, HI, Michelle (Rich) Carle of Patterson, GA, and Heather (Craig) Christy (Craig) of St. Marys; his sisters, Karen Chaney and Karolyn (George) Banks all of Jacksonville, FL and Elaine (Gene) Player of Macon, GA; his grandchildren, Jay Galloway, Joshua Douglas, Dalton Chaney, Tristan Christy, Dylan Christy, Logan Christy, and Breanne (Terrance) Holmes; and his great-grandchildren, Braylee Holmes, Anslee Holmes, McKinlee Holmes, Graclynn Mae Bickler.

Besides his parents, Mr. Chaney was also preceded in passing by his wife Audrey Mae Chaney, his brother, Kenneth Allen Chaney, and his grandson, Jackson Douglas.

A visitation was held Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at New Hope Baptist Church in St. Marys,  with Pastor George Anderson and Pastor Derwin Griffin presiding. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Mary’s. Jay Galloway, Joshua Douglas, Tristan Christy, Dwayne Griffin, Rex Wright, and Nathan Griffin served as Pallbearers. 

Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, was entrusted with Mr. Chaney’s arrangements. 


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