Robert “Buddy” Hendry, the director of Columbia County School Safety Officers, died Saturday at his home in Evans. He was 68. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Platt’s Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Road, Evans, with the funeral service to be held Tuesday. Hendry had been battling lung cancer since July. After a 28-year career with the Florida State Patrol, Hendry moved to Columbia County nearly 20 years ago and started a new career protecting the county’s pupils.