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OAK ISLAND, NC – Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® (MRA) is pleased to announce that BJ Ellender, Broker/REALTOR®, C2EX, RENE, AHWD®, VABA and member of the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® was recently inducted into the Marquis Who's Who® Biographical Registry. According to Marquis Who's Who®, this prestigious recognition is given to individuals who boast noteworthy achievements and prominence in their field or industry. 

As a valuable member of the Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® real estate sales team, Ms. Ellender has worked to assist property owners and their families in the complex and often difficult process of buying and selling real estate. Among her numerous accomplishments, Ms. Ellender was named to the Top 300 Producers list of Brunswick County Real Producers for the years 2020 to 2022 and was included as a featured agent in the September 2022 issue of Agent Magazine. She remains committed to consistent professionalism and expertise in her field, receiving the designation of Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) and completing the programs of Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) and At Home with Diversity (AHWD®), all from the National Association of REALTORS®. 

Prior to joining Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® in 2016, Ms. Ellender served as a nurse in critical care and clinical research for 44 years. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she went on to receive her Master's of Science in Nursing. Ms. Ellender now enjoys spending time with her husband, three sons, and her grandchildren. She is an active member of the local Moose Lodge and Ocean View Methodist Church council and contributes her time, energy, and resources to various community outreach projects. 

About Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® (MRA) is a second-generation, family-run business offering a full range of real estate services including sales, property management, vacation rentals, development, land sales, commercial properties, relocation services, and long term rentals. With a reputation for exceptional customer service and dedication to strong professional ethics and integrity, MRA is the most respected full-service firm in Brunswick County with three offices to service your property management and real estate needs. Interested parties or those looking for real estate assistance may visit www.margaretrudd.com and/or www.rudd.com to learn more about the real estate sales and property management services the company offers its clientele.


It is with deepest regret and our greatest sorrow that we share the passing of S.R. Buddy Rudd, Jr., Vice President with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS.

The news of Buddy's passing reached all of us with heavy hearts. He was not only a beloved and long-time member of the Southport-Oak Island community, a leader in the North Carolina real estate industry, and champion for Rudd's property management department, Buddy was a devoted husband and partner, loving and attentive father, and loyal friend to many.

After obtaining his NC Real Estate license in 1983, Buddy was hired by Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS in 1986, and was charged with leading the company's property management division. He was later appointed Vice President of the company in 1999.

Commitment & Devotion

He wove his commitment to exceptional customer service, professionalism and community into everything he did. Over his 38-year career, he served on a number of Association and Chamber of Commerce boards and committees as well as in numerous positions with local and state governments. He was frequently recognized with various awards and accolades for his unwavering commitment and devotion. While the list is extensive, a few notable appointments include:

  • Appointment to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (2007 - 2014)
  • North Carolina Association of REALTORS: Board of Directors (1998 - 2000, 2003, 2006 - 2007); Property Management Division Chair (2000) and Vice Chair (1999); Hall of Fame Award Recipient (2005); Kemp C. Clendenin Award "NC REALTOR of the Year" Recipient (2007)
  • Brunswick County Association of REALTORS: REALTOR of the Year Award Recipient (1998); President (1999); Legislative/RPAC Committee Member (2012 - 2021)
  • NC Vacation Rental Managers Association (NCVRMA): Board of Directors (1997 - 2000)
  • Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce: US Open King Mackerel Tournament Founding Member & Chairman (1981 - 1982) and Board of Directors (1981 - 2021); Vice President, Tourism Committee (1996 - 1999)
  • Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (TDA): Board of  Directors (1999); Vice Chairman (2000 - 2007)

Never Met a Stranger

On a personal level, Buddy enjoyed boating, golfing, a nice cold Miller Lite and hot dogs, and, you could likely catch him enjoying a drive down the beach. He was always quick to offer a smile and a positive message. He never met a stranger as everyone became a friend and truly loved him. Above all, he loved his work and his family. No other man has ever been harder working, more dedicated, humble and kind. While he will be missed tremendously, his legacy will live on.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Brunswick Family Assistance, Special Olympics and the NC REALTORS Housing Foundation. A Celebration of Life will be held at the 801 Ocean event center located at 801 Ocean Drive, Oak Island NC 28465 on Thursday, June 24th from 5pm to 8pm.

Condolences for the Rudd family may be shared online at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com or by email to jfuller@rudd.com.


2 (12 oz) containers fresh shucked oysters

2 cups saltine cracker crumbs

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 cup half & half or whipping cream

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 eggs beaten

Drain oysters, reserving 1/3 cup oyster liquor.  Set aside.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs in a lightly greased 8" square baking dish.

Layer half each of oysters, salt, pepper, butter or margarine and cracker crumbs in dish.

Repeat layers.  Combine eggs, half & half or cream, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and reserved oyster liquor.

Mix well and pour over oyster mixture.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Back at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

(6 servings)

From the kitchen of Winifred Sult.


Apps for Staying Connected

For now, social distancing is the new normal for many places in the United States. But, even though it's important to stay apart physically, social connections have never been more vital. Luckily, there's plenty of technology that can help in a situation like this!

Our real estate agents often use videoconferencing apps to help them stay in touch with clients. Some apps are so reliable, they can even be used for virtual tours of Southport homes for sale

If you're looking for ways to stay connected, we recommend these helpful apps:

  1. FaceTime
    FaceTime is a slick Apple app that helps up to 32 users to stay connected with video or audio calls. You can set it up in seconds on any modern iPhone or iPad. Popular at holiday time, it's great for keeping the whole family together.
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