TULLAHOMA — The Multi-County Cancer Support Network will host Buddy and Jeannie McFaddin at its quarterly support meeting Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at 110 E. Lauderdale St., Tullahoma.
McFaddin, a brain cancer survivor and resident of Manchester, will be the speaker. Buddy and his wife Jeannie are originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, but after decades of traveling and service to the country, they have settled in Middle Tennessee.
The McFaddins were high school sweethearts when Buddy graduated in 1972 and they were married in June 1973. Buddy was 18 and Jeannie was just 16 years old. Buddy worked in the coalmines for six years while Jeannie finished two years of high school and four years of college.
In 1978, while Jeannie was student teaching to finish her bachelor’s degree, Buddy joined the Air Force. Their first of 10 assignments was Norton Air Force Base in California, where their daughter Nicolette was born in 1980.
They moved 19 times all over the United States and Europe. Jeannie had 35 jobs following Buddy, and their daughter attended 14 schools. They had a total of five years apart due to remote assignments and other demands of a military career and life.
They had many memorable experiences, but one of their tops was Buddy working at the White House with two Presidents, and Jeannie as Chief of Education at the Pentagon. They now have two grandchildren.
The McFaddins practice what they preach — faith, food, fun and fellowship, caring, sharing and giving back. Their journey with brain cancer has not made them weaker, but stronger in their faith.
The public is invited to come and enjoy a time of shared experiences, fellowship and light refreshments on June 6.