Malcolm Tarver Buckner, age 88,
celebrated his Homegoing to the Lord November 22, 2012, at
Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Malcolm’s
favorite holiday was Thanksgiving, and Jesus welcomed His son
Home on this special day.
Malcolm’s life on earth was
filled with the love of family, good friends, and animals. His
summer garden bounty filled many tables, and his walks on his
farm kept him young at heart. He always had a kind word and
hearty laugh for everyone.
Malcolm attended Casey Springs
Methodist Church since childhood, and in later years Holly Creek
Malcolm was a proud World War II
Navy veteran who served as a Fireman First Class on the USS
Carmick and USS Sedonia. He served on D-Day at the Normandy
Invasion, and in North Africa, the North Atlantic, and the South
Pacific. He was a member of the American Legion in Chatsworth,
was proud to be honored at Veterans Park, and proudly attended
Veterans Day ceremonies each year, regardless of the weather.
After his military service,
Malcolm worked as a brakeman on the Atchison, Santa Fe, and
Upon returning to Murray County,
he became a salesman and was affectionately known as “the
Watkins Man” selling product county-wide.
He retired as a machine operator
from Coronet Carpets, and was a cattle and truck farmer.
Malcolm was a 51 year member of
the Tilton #291 Masonic Lodge where he served as Past Master,
Secretary, and Tyler. He was also a member of the Royal Arch
#80, Tri-Council #36, Past Master of the St. John’s Commandry
#19, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite member, and was named 2003 37th
District Mason of the Year representing 67 lodges.
Malcolm was predeceased by his
parents, Issac Rome Buckner and Clara Ovell Moore Buckner of
Casey Springs; sister, Clara Lou Edwards of Dalton; brothers,
Issac Buckner of Casey Springs, Bill Buckner and Guy Buckner of
Dalton; and niece, Jane Buckner of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Malcolm’s soft voice and
sparkling grey eyes will be sadly missed by his devoted
daughter, Gale Buckner of Chatsworth; former spouse, Ruth Hayes
of Chatsworth; “bonus-daughters” Diane Avery of Douglasville and
Anita Thornton of Chatsworth; precious nieces, Shirley and Terry
Sales of Chatsworth, Elaine and Fred Hall, Cathee Bryant,
Frances and B.O. Dailey, Ginger and Jose Terrazas of Dalton, and
Carol Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama; precious nephews, Danny and
Lynne Buckner, Jackie Edwards, Julian and Sheila Edwards of
Dalton; great-nephews and nieces.
Special thanks to the caregivers
who became family and loved him like a parent - Pat Self, Brenda
Jones, and Maggie Rogers.
Homegoing services will be held
at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in the Chapel of
Peeples Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Cochran officiating.
Danny Buckner will provide the eulogy for his Uncle Mack. Music
will be provided by lifelong friends Dovie and Billy Hayes,
Linda Price, Rita Hawkins, and Susan Bagley.
The family will receive friends
at the funeral home from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Pallbearers are nephews Julian
Edwards, Jose Terrazas, great nephews Brandon Hall, Silvio
Barbini, Mike Winkler, Eddie Dailey, Mickey Winkler, and special
friend Harrison Parker.
Masonic rites and Military honors
will conclude the funeral, and burial will be at the Liberty
Baptist Church cemetery in Tennga, Georgia.