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Ritchie Wayne Buckner, Sr.

d. January 23, 2022

Ritchie Wayne "Buck" Buckner, Sr., 77, of Siler City, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 surrounded by his family at his home.

Mr. Buckner was born in Chatham County on July 16, 1944,  the son of Herbert Buckner, Jr. and Martha Ethel Moon.

Buck was a faithful member of Rocky River Baptist Church. He was a lover of Blue Grass Music among other things. Buck was excellent with woodworking, and became a self employed builder over the years. Ritchie was a licensed boat Captain and affectionately known as Captain Buck.. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He was always outside, tinkering, and fishing. Buck was a jokester, always had a smile on his face, and was willing to lend a hand wherever it was needed. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandson, Ritchie Wayne "Trace" Buckner, III 

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Beverly Early Buckner; children, Shane Buckner and wife Cheryl of Denver, NC, Ritchie Buckner, Jr. "Ritch" and wife Tammy of Chapel Hill, Heidi Matthews and husband Neil of Siler City; step children, Mark Tinnin of Pinehurst, and Andrew Tinnin of Snow Camp; grandchildren Ruby and Olivia Buckner, Anna Claire Buckner, Chase, Chandler and Caroline Matthews; step grandchildren, Hunter, Houston, Anniston and Alexis Tinnin; and brother, Jan Buckner and wife Paula of Minnesota. 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Rocky River Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 4436 Siler City-Snow Camp Road, Siler City with Rev. Jim Wall and Dr. Greg Burris officiating. The service will stream on 87.9 FM for those who wish to listen from the church parking lot. The family will also hold a Celebration of Life for Buck at a later date. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests that you take all Covid precautions. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trace Buckner Memorial Scholarship,, or to Rocky River Baptist Church,

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Buckner family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am

Rocky River Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

4436 Siler City Snow Camp Rd, Siler City, NC 27344

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Final Resting Place

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm

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