James Ralph Adams (Bud) Finch born December 25, 1929 in Atlanta, GA to Millard R. and Katherine Henry Finch, died August 31, 2013 in Ducktown, TN. A community leader and loyal servant is part of his legacy.
Bud’s grandfather, Robert Green Finch, was a cabinet maker and crafted caskets along with other crafts. Young Millard learned to line those caskets with fabric. We still have the small tack hammer he used. At the age of twelve, Millard began working due to the early death of his father. He continued his education at night. He became a funeral director and embalmer answering an add placed in the Atlanta newspaper, he moved his young family.
At the early age of four months, Bud Finch came to the North Georgia, Southeastern Tennessee area known as the Copper Basin.
Funeral service and emergency medical service were undoubtedly a part of his DNA. At the age of 15, he made his first ambulance call. A young boy scout was injured while playing football. Surely the dye was cast. Bud finished high school in 1948, but before graduation, he had joined the Air Force. Young men knew their first obligation was to their beloved country. He wanted to fulfill his obligation and he loved airplanes. He believed that military service was a great benefit for a young man.
He then attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1951. He returned home to join his father at Finch Funeral Home in McCaysville, GA.
Running an ambulance service and a funeral home were the normal combination in rural Georgia. Duties were indeed varied. He was on call at all times for ambulance work, but he also provided complete funeral service. In small towns and businesses you had the opportunity to do vehicle maintenance and detailing. Bud’s daughters have teased their father for years that they thought you had to wear a white shirt and tie to change the oil and wash a car. Keeping the lawn, putting up and taking down tents, painting the buildings when needed, and daily housekeeping kept you very busy between calls. There were no computers or faxes, just a typewriter and radio phone that were often unreliable. His profession certainly fit the description, “Jack of all trades.”
Service to others has been the primary focus for Bud Finch. His community has greatly benefited from his efforts. Some of his accomplishments: Chalice Bearer, Lay Reader, and Senior Warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, President Lions Club of McCaysville, Red Cross first aid instructor, Department of Family and Children’s Service board member, McCaysville volunteer fireman, President of Georgia embalmers, work with the Mason’s and Shriner’s, Civil Air Patrolman, countless projects at schools, churches, and community, and Mayor of McCaysville, GA for two terms.
Bud is survived by his beloved family including wife Sandra Quintrell Finch, daughters Sarah Finch, and Martha (Jake) Williams, grandchildren Mollie Grace Lariscy, Russell Brantley (Tripp) Lariscy III, Aaron James Lariscy, and Jacob Finch Williams.
Funeral service Saturday, September 7, 2013 with The Reverend Dr. Claude Y. Stewart officiating at Finch Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in McCaysville, GA. Interment following at Crestlawn Cemetery in Copperhill, TN.
Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013 from 4-8 pm at Finch Cochran Funeral Home, McCaysville, GA.
The family encourages those that wish to honor Bud through service engage in a community need to help others and share this experience with them via: http://www.cochranfuneralhomes.com/book-of-memories/1662816/Finch-James/leave-condolence.php.