Frances K. Trent Buckner

frances buckner
Frances "Frann" Trent Buckner, legendary Southern Gospel Singer and BMI recording artist, age 70, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the John F. Keever Solace Center, following a short illness and complications with brain cancer. Mrs. Buckner was born in Asheville, NC, and was a daughter of the late John R. Drake, III and Georgianna Jones Drake. She was a member of the Militia and still participated as a singer with the group Leave A Blessing Singers. She was a member of South Asheville Baptist Church and a former member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She loved the Lord, her family, and music. Mrs. Buckner is survived by her husband, Robert P. Buckner; her daughter, Sonja Trent of the home; sons Jeff Turner of Asheville, Tony Turner and wife Judy of Asheville, Tracy Trent of Knoxville, TN, and Jimmie Trent and wife Lottie of Fletcher; grandchildren Taryn Lynch, Faith Trent, Michael Turner, Brooke Turner, Ian Trent, Sophie Trent-James, Maddie Trent, and Dylan Mermis; and two great-grandchildren Cody and Nevaeh. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Long Shoals Road chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, with the Rev. Norris Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "Leave A Blessing Singers", c/o Robert Buckner, 22 Rainbow Hill Dr., Asheville, NC 28803. "Remember, I want us to be together in Heaven, so please get right with God before it's too late...I love you".

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Kate Thigpen and the rest of the kingdom heirs revival send our deepest condolances to the family you all have been true friends for many years and we are praying for each of you

  2. Frann’s leaving left an empty place in all our hearts. Let’s pray God’s love will fill it soon.

  3. I love you Mama Frann. Thank you for being such a wonderful and loving adopted mom. I will see you in Heaven. To Sonja, Tony, Buck, Tracy, Jeff,and Robert – thank you for being my family, and I’m sorry I can’t be there with you. God Blessed us all. God will be with you. I love you all.

  4. Sis: You have gone to a much better place. We will miss your presence here on earth but will rejoice in knowing that you are in heaven with our Lord. Family my prayers are with you. I think when she saw A.J. he asked her where have you been, YOUR LATE!!! Classic question from the ‘In His Will’ traveling days. She loved to sing and write songs for the Lord. The heavenly choir has just added a brand new member and it’s more beautiful than ever with her in it. I Love all of you and am so honored to have you as my family. There was a light at the end of her valley and our Lord Knows Best. Love to all!!!!!

  5. Robert & Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Frann was a wonderful lady and we are so glad that we got to have her in our lives. We traveled with them most of the time to the singings and had a wonderful time both at the churches and on the bus going and coming. Of course,we always had to stop and eat somewhere along the way. We have a lot of great memories to hold in our hearts. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Terry Stepp & Family

  6. Mama Frann,
    THANK YOU for holding my hand and being with me when I brought my daughter Tearany(Teaka that you nick named her) into this world.I am so blessed to have you in my family.I know everyone is missing hearing you sing and play the piano.I am sure you and my nanny are having the best time playing and singing together with Buddo joining in too.
    Proverbs 31:29 Many women do noble things,but you surpass them all.
    Proverbs 31:31 Give her the reward she has earned,and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
    We love and miss you,
    Tonya and Tearany Stepp

  7. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my dear and best friend all through school. Frann and I grew up going to school and to church together. Frann would always sing a song for me at Mt. Olive Church, I will miss her but I have many good memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family that loved her so much.

  8. Fran was such a warm and caring person. She has been a wonderful neighbor for the past 8 years. I will truly miss her smiling face. I want to sending my sincere condolences to Robert, Sonja and the rest of the family. She can now rest peacefully with our Lord and Savior.

  9. So sorry I couldn’t attend the services. We are in Texas and won’t be home until the weekend.My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a wonderful person.

  10. Jimmie, Sonya and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was such a wonderful lady!
    Denise Jenkins Haney & Dorothy Jenkins (family of Charles Jenkins)

  11. Heaven has received a wonderful person. Fran took me under her wing when I worked at the Health Dept during the summer all those years ago and I will never forget her for that. Buck, I’m so sorry for your loss. She loved you guys and I know she will be missed. ‘Shorty’

  12. Mama Frann was such a big part of our family. She was much more than a cousin and will never be forgotten. When you felt all hope was gone she would pick you up with her many words of encouragement.
    It was such a blessing to have her presence and encouragement during the tough times. When it was not going well in the delivery room when our little ‘Teka’ was born, she kept everyone calm through our storm. It was real special to have the 4 Kays together on that special occasion. When I was born she named me and gave me the same middle name as hers. And that name has been passed on to the next two generations.
    Mama Frann had a big impact on so many people and her influence will be passed on for many years to come.
    My prayers are with each and every one of her dear family.
    I love you, you are special too me. Mammie Sammie

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Accessibility Tools