RAY EDWARD BUCKNER, SR.
CANDLER – Ray Edward Buckner, Sr., age 68 of Candler died Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Mr. Buckner was born April 14, 1949 in Buncombe County to the late Orpha Avery and Sarah Leonia Curtiss Buckner. He was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the U.S. Airforce. Ray retired from the Charles George VA Medical where he worked in housekeeping. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church and in his spare time loved fishing and riding motorcycles. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Kate Buckner, who died March 23, 2017; and a daughter, Leona Geneva Hensley.
Surviving are his daughters, Doris Ann Sanders, Carolyn Mathis; sons, Earl Buckner, Ray Buckner, Jr.; sisters, Diana Barr, Sandy Lunsford, Katie Stephenson; brothers, Tony Buckner, Bobby Creach; 14 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren, and 1 on the way.
A private service will be held.
The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Charles George VA Medical Center, Attn: Hospice Care, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Buckner’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
West Funeral Home
Monday May 15th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
17 Merrimon Avenue
Weaverville, NC 28787
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I worked with Ray at Champion, was a great friend and co-worker. I will miss him, but hope too see him again. Our prayers are with the family. Vernon,Diane,Matthew,Jason Mckinney
Submitted by DIANE MCKINNEY on May 15 2017 05:00:25 PM
I'm gonna miss you daddy, I love you.
Submitted by Cindy on May 14 2017 11:59:14 PM
I worked with Ray at Champion for several years. Ray was a good Man. We would ride on our bikes on our days off. He talked me into riding to the Beach one summer and it rained the whole trip back to Asheville. Prayers to the Family.
Submitted by SCOTTIE FRANKLIN on May 14 2017 05:37:44 PM
Ray was my friend. We worked at Champion together for many years. He always tried his best to help me in every way he could. We actually went fishing together some, as he sure enjoyed to go fishing. One story was, once we went and fished an all night fishing tournament at the lake in Barnardsville. It was a real hot summer day and he wore a pair of shorts. I told him it got pretty cold up there at night, and he might need more clothes, well he didnt get any. It came a rain shower in the early evening, and then got damp and cool. About 4 in the morning Ray had one of my big sweat shirts pulled on like it was a pair of pants, as he was just about frozen out. I ran into him many times after our days at Champion, at Burger King, and at the VA Hospital, where he was working then. My Prayers are with the family now, May God Bless You All!
Submitted by Rickey Allen on May 13 2017 11:46:30 AM
Thank you Ray for all the wonderful times we have had together from camping, fishing and riding you bike. i love you brother. Save that spot for me in God"s Campground. You were a good brother.
Submitted by Katie Stephenson on May 12 2017 04:21:50 PM
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