Fredrick King

November 06, 1950 - September 07, 2023


Obituary For Fredrick King

Fredrick (Buddy) King, 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Carolina Arbors in Durham, NC on September 7, 2023.

Buddy is survived by his wife, Diane; his sister, Karen (Manuel) Pacheco; and his two stepsons, Gavin (Kerri) Hagens and Ryan (Blair) Hagens.

Even though a failing heart took him away from this world, his loving heart left a beacon of light for all in the community. His cheerful attitude and bright smile will be missed at the many parades, parties, gatherings, concerts, and events where Buddy DJ'd, played guitar, and took videos. He created many wonderful memories for our whole community to enjoy and share.

Buddy was born on November 6, 1950, in Sharon, Pennsylvania. His dad was a "lifer" in the Air Force, and Buddy was raised on Air Force bases. He spent his early teenage years in Panama, where his dad was stationed. He went to high school in Fairborn, OH - close to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Buddy began working "full-time" as an on-air radio DJ when he was only a junior in high school. He was a DJ in the military during the Vietnam War, where he served on an Air Force Base in Thailand - and did that "Good Morning Vietnam" thing. After he was honorably released from active duty in July 1974, Buddy moved to South Bend, Indiana where he continued his DJ career. He was the #1 DJ at the #1 radio station for many years.

Buddy retired in 2016 and moved with his wife, Diane, to the Carolina Arbors. They both agree that it was the best move they ever made.

Buddy had a gift for connecting with people. No matter the setting, he had a way of making everyone feel special and important. He touched many lives through his amazing wit and on-air charm. He was truly the best DJ you have ever heard.

As noted in an email that Buddy received recently from his Vietnam war pal, Steve Steinberg: "Something you mentioned a while back stuck with me and got me thinking. You said something along the lines of me being the 'smart one.' I’m not sure I agree with you a hundred percent. No, my old friend, I was just the one who happened to go to college. YOU were the smart one—and also the truly talented and funny one. I remember being blown away by your maturity, not to mention the fact that you were one of the coolest people I'd ever met. When you sift through your memories, I hope you realize how much you truly accomplished. What you've done over the years is not just entertaining people; you've connected thousands upon thousands of them with their own treasured memories through the tunes you played. You've helped so many people get through the day, and that's a considerable feat. I think that you're leaving behind wonderful memories of you—for all the people who looked forward each day to when Buddy King was on the air. You've truly earned a spot in heaven, and I think you'll probably get an upgrade when you arrive. You're the best of us all, mi amigo. Peace and love to you."


23 Sep

Celebration of Life Service

03:00 PM

Piedmont Hall at Carolina Arbors 357 Carolina Arbors Dr. Durham, North Carolina 27703 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • September 22, 2023

    Adios "BUDMAN, Meet Buddy and Diane when they moved into the neighborhood in 2016. Had the Vietnam Vet connection and became fast friends. You know Buddy, was a proud Air Force Veteran, and gave a lot of energy to the community - never a complaint even while dealing with personal issues. This Man will be missed, an honor to know and work with him. Adios Budman, comrade, Brother in Arms I know you have been called home and I know you're pinning on a new set of Wings!

  • September 11, 2023

    Fair wind & calm seas Buddy. The captain of the airwaves and the love of my sister Diane. As a family, we are now less complete. We will miss you. Fairwell. Until we meet again in Paradise

  • September 10, 2023

    I'm so glad I had the pleasure of going to so many parties where Buddy DJed. Buddy and Diane were always a joy to see together. He'll be sorely missed here at CA. May his memory be a blessing.

  • September 10, 2023

    This is a high school friend of Fred's in Ohio, going back to 1966. I came back to Ohio years ago as a widow. In 2019, I was pleased that I got Fred and Diane to return to our 50th h.s. reunion. We other attendees were thrilled with Fred's D.J. performance, fine-tuned to our experiences in the 1960s. Rest well, my friend. Diane, my sincere condolences. Toni Tononi Chambers

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