Charles Arnold Buoy, 78, Atwood, Illinois, died March 8, 2016, in Decatur, Illinois. He was born in November of
1937, in Tuscola, Illinois to Charles A. and Orpha H. Buoy.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene Wilson, and they married in June of 1956. They had four children, Gail (Mitchell)
Gaddis, Atwood, Illinois, Phil Buoy, Atwood, Illinois, Jan (Barry) Foster, Festus, Missouri and Rebecca (Kevin)
Bishop, Arcola, Illinois. His grandchildren are Benjamin (Mandy) Gaddis, Taylorville, Illinois, Joe Gaddis, Colorado
Springs, Colorado, Melinda Dunlap, (Crystal McColgan), Newman, Illinois, Dennis (Rachel) Foster, Festus, Missouri,
Fran Foster (Jon Bonham) St. Louis, Missouri, Cassandra (Drew) Kenton, Champaign, Illinois, Claire Foster, Festus,
Missouri. His great grandchildren are Isaac, Oliver, Amelia, Sophia and Grace Gaddis, Taylorville, Illinois. Caleb and
Caden Gaddis, Colorado Spring, Colorado, Lucas Foster, Festus, Missouri, Arlo Bonham, St. Louis, Missouri, and
Evelyn Kenton, Champaign, Illinois. His sisters are Nell (Robert) Gilpin, of Newman, Illinois and Hila Eyestone,
Atwood, Illinois. There were many very special nieces, nephews, and cousins who he would have been lost without.
Arnie loved his family and kept his friends for life. He treasured his coffee groups and his poker bunch and his lifelong
friends who he talked to daily. He was overwhelmed by all the love and kindness shown to him throughout his life and
especially at the end. He had a special fondness for his black poodle, Josey, who rarely left his lap.
Arnie was raised in the Atwood/Sadorus area and attended Atwood schools until graduation in 1956.
He was active in both the band and the football team. He worked in his early years in the restaurant business by
owning a café in Monticello, Illinois, then in Shelbyville, Illinois. He was also a commercial refrigeration specialist as
well as a maintenance electrician at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. He joined his wife in the sign business in the 80’s
and never looked back. Together they set up Sign Shops in Houston, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and North Arlington,
New Jersey before coming home to their beloved Atwood to start their own company, Bee Graphics. They were very
proud of the work they did, namely the “Dare” to get Kids off drugs Community” signs that he created and donated for
the program’s fundraiser. They can be found all over the world and raised a great deal for the program.
Arnie had a huge heart and lived by the motto “What can I do to help?” He was a jokester, who would go to great
lengths to pull off a good natured prank and loved a good debate. He was an avid sports fan and loved following the St.
Louis Cardinals and the Illini football and basketball teams.
He was very social and could often be found in the local coffee shops and restaurants where he was most likely teasing
one of his buddies or the waitresses he was so fond of. Arnie never met a stranger and waved at every car he passed.
Arnie was preceded by his parents, Charles Andrew, and Orpha Helena Buoy; brothers, Ed, Dwight, and Harold Buoy;
sisters Bernice Montgomery, Norma VanSack, and Nila Brown.
Memorials can be made to the Atwood “Needy” fund or to the donor’s choice.
Tanzyus Logan is assisting the family with the arrangements.