Who was Don Buie?
Each year the LCWC presents an award to one of our youth hunter skills team members in honor of Don Buie, the Don Buie Award of Excellence. By tradition, the president of LCWC presents the annual award.
Don Buie was a native of Western Harnett county,a respected leader at LCWC and in the Sanford community and was known throughout North Carolina as a leader, teacher, successful sports coach and advocate for the preservation of all natural resources and wildlife.
Don was a rigorous advocate for young folks, and strived to advance youth skills in all areas, especially in scholarly education and in the North Carolina Wildlife Commission's Youth Hunter Safety Program.
Don’s influence regarding Central Carolina Community College.
During his tenure at CCCC, Don was very active in expanding its curriculum and bringing in new talent to support the expansion. Don retired from CCCC in 2002 as the Dean of Continuing Education. After Don’s passing a NC US congressman addressed the United States Congressional Assembly and Speaker of The House on May 16, 2007 declaring North Carolina had lost one of our most outstanding citizens. The Sanford Rotary Club sponsored a project to dedicate a trail head located at Douglas Drive and Boone Circle for the Endor Iron Furnace Trail in Don’s honor.
The Sanford City Council passed a resolution requesting the department of transportation name a section of the 421 Bypass in Don’s memory.
When Don joined an organization he eventually became the leader and the organization was always the better for his efforts. Lee County Wildlife Club was fortunate to have Don Buie as a member and leader. Don left us in May of 2007 and years later his influence remains and he is often the subject of conversation here at the club and in the Sanford community.
Don was and is still known as one of North Carolina’s most outstanding citizens.