L. L. "Buddy" Duke III is a lifelong resident of Adel, Georgia. Buddy attended Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and graduated with a B. S. degree in Mathematics. After college, Buddy returned to Adel to work in the family-owned business, Adel Ice Company, Inc. The company was established in 1927, and Buddy purchased the company in 1990 to become a third generation owner.
In 1988, Buddy was elected to the Adel City Council, a position he held for 26 years. In 2015, he relinquished his council seat to run for Mayor. On November 3, 2015, Buddy was elected to serve a four year term as Mayor of Adel with over 72% of the vote.
He is also an Adel City Council appointee on the six member Cook County Economic Development Commission, and serves as chairman. Buddy also serves on the board of directors for the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, a position held since 2002. Locally, Buddy is a member of the board of directors of Cook Community Bank, and in January 2014, was named "Man of the Year" by the Adel Cook County Chamber of Commerce.