Edward (Buddy) Rayfield and Carolyn Rae Watson were married May 28, 1965 at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. Buddy grew up in the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Baxley. He graduated from Appling County High School in 1957. He was drafted in the Army and was sent to Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He later met Rae in Columbia, S.C. and they were married several years later.
Rae grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1962. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA degree in Elementary Education in January 1966. They have two children, Jimmy and Carol Rayfield.