Michael Don Buckner of Clarksville, Arkansas, was born on December 6, 1945. He suffered a stroke and passed into the arms of Jesus at the age of 77 on October 1, 2023, in Springfield, Missouri.
Mike was adored by his family, friends, and anyone that met him. He had an eternal faith, keen sense of humor, deep concern for people, and complete devotion to his family. He was committed to his country and proudly served 4 years in the US Navy and 16 years with the Arkansas Army National Guard, retiring as an Army Sergeant. Mike was a hard worker and worked for the Kenner Boat Factory, Clarksville Singer plant, and retired as a Procurement Specialist for Arkansas Nuclear One.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carolyn Gail Buckner; his three children and their spouses; Gloria Harris, Shannon Buckner & Paula Hall, and Timothy & Cheree’ Freeman. His 8 grandchildren (Scott & Kristen Harris, Luke Harris, Jake Freeman, Grant Harris, Teagan Harris, Madeline Freeman, and Brock Harris) and great-grandson (Elias Michael Contreras) were the light of his life. In his final moments his family surrounded him while they laughed, cried, and shared their favorite “Papaw” stories. There were too many to count.
Mike is also survived by his sister Laverne Snow, sister-in-law Nina Buckner, his nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends that lovingly called him “Butch.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis James and Charlie Frances Buckner, his brother Lee James Buckner, and brother-in-law, John Snow.
Mike was a wonderful example of a great man, husband, father, grandfather, son, friend, and neighbor. He was always willing to help anyone who asked or didn’t ask. Mike loved the Lord more than anything and wanted to help anyone he met to go to heaven. He was a faithful member of Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 7th at Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God in Clarksville, Arkansas, with visitation at 1 p.m. and a celebration of life service at 2 p.m., officiated by Rev. Joe Lancaster and Rev. Phil Redding. Interment will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 9, at the Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Arrangements made under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God Vision Fund.