Weldon “Bud” Kenneth Caracofe Jr, 73, of Hot Springs, Virginia died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 24, 1940 in Highland County, the son of the late Weldon K Caracofe and Edith Mae Argenbright.

He was retired from the Homestead after 45 years in Upholstery and Maintenance.

Bud was a lifetime member of the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member of Hot Springs Rescue Squad, a member of Eden United Methodist Church, life member and played lead guitar with the Edenaires. He enjoyed cutting firewood. As a young man he played football for Bath County. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting. Bud was always willing to help anyone in the community by cutting wood, working on small engines, laying carpet, electrical work, or doing anything else for others. He never missed a Charger football game.

Bud is survived by his son, Donnie Caracofe and wife Cindy of Marlinton, West Virginia; 2 grandchildren that he helped raise, Chelsea Cook and special friend Justin Lowen and Nathan Cook and special friend Cassie Hoover all of Hot Springs; step-grandchildren, Jay Cook, Tabby Cook and Kim Cook all of Hot Springs, Sam Hodge of Warm Springs, Virginia; numerous great grandchildren; a brother Roy Caracofe and wife Sandy of Columbus, Ohio; a sister Edna Dean of Hot Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Caracofe who preceded him in death on September 9, 2008; a daughter Teresa Cook who preceded him in death on August 27, 1996; a sister, Chris Dean.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 pm Sunday September 21, 2014 at Eden United Methodist Church with pastors Lorrie Aikens and Debbie Carey officiating. Interment will be in Warm Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Robertson, Atley Robertson, Fay Hise, Todd Caracofe, Greg Caracofe, Paul Dean, Wayne Dean, Bobby Bogan, honorary pallbearers will be Rick Armstrong and Bootsie Berry.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm Saturday, September 20, 2014 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hot Spring Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.


  1. Fly high my sweet Uncle Bud.. i’ll miss you ;( I love you to the moon and back….

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you Donnie and Cindy. I am sorry for your loss.

  3. We are very saddened to hear that my Dad’s schoolmate and friend for years has passed away. Asa Thomas, lived near Weldon in his youth and were together a lot, we have a great photo of my Dad and Weldon playing the mandolin and guitar. After my Dad’s passing in 2007 we tried twice to send it, but always missed him or he had just left. All of us are thinking about you at this a great time of grief. My Dad cared for Weldon very much and as I grew up my brother and I heard all sorts of stories about him and the adventures they went on. I suppose now they are catching up again, practicing and playing for a bigger crowd in Heaven. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Agnes, Darrell, and Edward (Angie, Andrew, and Hannah) Thomas, all of Grottoes Virginia. Darrell is in Wisconsin. Bless you all and we pray all is going as well as it could at this time.

  4. Donnie and Cindy, Nathan and Chelsea, Edna, and the entire family. You are all in my daily thoughts and prayers. May God richly bless and comfort you in the days and weeks ahead. Bud was one of Bath County’s finest. Always friendly and ready to lend a willing hand to help others above himself. He will be dearly missed by all.


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