About Buddy McElhannon

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  

Who would have thought an Engineering graduate from Georgia Tech who excelled at Math, yet struggled in English class, would ever be able to put a coherent sentence together?  Yet in the mid-1990’s, I was prompted to begin writing my own reflections after helping my grandmother write her own.   As a follower of Christ, a husband, father and now a grandfather, I was soon inspired to leave behind a legacy of not only a life well lived, but also one in writing as a gift to my grandchildren.

I retired in 2015 after a 42 year career with Southern Bell, BellSouth and AT&T having served in various engineering and operational capacities, finishing my career as a Director on the AT&T Headquarters Staff.  I was the subject matter expert on AT&T’s Management System, with my last assignment as the Director of Planning and Support for AT&T’s Global Switching Network.  As such, I occasionally write reflections about Leadership and Management.

I was married to my high school sweetheart, Tootie, for 38 years before she died of cancer.  Her death and my grieving found me journaling as a means of personal therapy.  Little did I know that my grief journal, later titled Walking Through the Valley of Tears, would win a writing award and a publishing contract. Reflections on marriage, parenting, as well as grief make up a substantial part of my writings today.

Now retired and remarried, I am enjoying time serving as a volunteer in my church and community. I savor the occasional opportunity to play a round of golf, and find delight in time with my grandchildren, which only provides more fodder for my writing, and rather a lot of fodder at that.

I currently live with my wife Patrice in Evans, Georgia.

Please understand, my primary audience is my grandchildren who will someday read my musings with hopefully fond and cherished memories of their Poppy.  So while it is my firmest hope that you will find encouragement and humor in what I write, keep in mind, you are reading somebody else’s mail.

Who knows, you might also discover that a right-brained Engineer is not necessarily an oxymoron.

Enjoy.