He is survived by his mother, Peggy Habig of Little Rock; his sisters, Teresa Roth of Atlanta, Ga. and Carla Jones of Little Rock; his niece, Rachel Jones of Little Rock; and three step-nephews, Chris Jones, Aaron Jones and D.J. Jones; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Henry Habig. Chad is also survived by a huge extended family of friends who loved him dearly.
Chad was born and raised in Little Rock and began his prestigious musical career early by playing for many churches, weddings and events. He composed and performed original music for Hall High School while a student there.
Chad attained ASCAP status as a musician and composer with more than 23 years' experience. His diverse training ranged from classical pipe organ to jazz piano with instrumentalists and vocalists from the most eclectic to the most specialized.
He worked in American, Latin and French experimental jazz styles as well as cabaret, musical theatre, theatre organ, harpsichord, choir/soloist accompanying, orchestral, choral and film/television scoring. Chad's forte was improve comedy music direction and performance.
Chad performed with the Improv Asylum, the Alarm Clock Theatre and Tufts University in Boston, Mass. He performed in San Francisco with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus as the principal keyboardist with the orchestra. He wrote original scores for the Zoo District theatre troupe in Los Angeles and the theatre department of Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
"Buddy" was the cast composer for the Red Octopus Theatre, the music director for Community Theatre of Little Rock, music director for Off Center and Easy Street, and the music/voice teacher at the Arkansas Arts Center's Summer Theatre Academy for children. He was also the music director and founding member with Improv Little Rock.
In the spring of 2009, there will be the second performance of Chad's original score for the "Elephant Man" at Wildwood Opera Theatre in Little Rock.
He was a document examiner at the Arkansas Crime Information Center and also served as the organist for the Little Rock Community Church. He was nominated for a Garvin award in Los Angeles, Calif. for his score of "The Defenders" and won best original score for "Scraps" at Little Rock's 2008 48 hour film festival.
Tribute and celebration services were held on Dec. 29 at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock. A musical service was held at the Little Rock Community Church on Dec. 30.
Memorials may be made to the Chad "Buddy" Habig Scholarship fund at the Arkansas Arts Center Summer Theatre Academy for children.