Edgar “Eddie” Alton Buck Sr., chairman of Jupiter Holdings Co. and Buck Lumber Co., former Charleston County councilman and noted sport fisherman, died Thursday. He was 74.
Buck was born July 23, 1941, in Wilmington, N.C. According to previous Post and Courier reports, he attended public schools in Wilmington and graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in business administration in 1964.
After college, he served in the Coast Guard, before joining Carolina National Mortgage Investment Co. as a management trainee. In 1972, he was promoted to executive vice president of Carolina National, a subsidiary of Citizens and Southern Corp.
Buck was elected to Charleston County Council in 1974 and served a four-year term. During that time, he became president of the former C.C. Rhodes Lumber Co., which later developed into Buck Lumber, and the hub of Jupiter Holdings.
Buck served on the S.C. Railways Commission beginning in 1982. In 1993, he was appointed to the State Ports Authority Board by then-Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. and was unanimously approved by the state Senate, according to previous reports.
In 2011, Buck was inducted as the 99th S.C. Business Hall of Fame laureate.
Buck won numerous offshore fishing titles with his boat, the Rookie IV.
He is survived by his wife Margaret, brother, two children and five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are being handled by J. Henry Stuhr’s Downtown Chapel of Charleston. There will be a service at Grace Church Cathedral at noon Saturday.