August 14, 1933 ~ April 14, 2021
Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC
Mack Leon Buckner, the funny, caring and loving man, passed away peacefully at his home on April 14, 2021.
Born in Asheville, North Carolina to Vinetta Williams Buckner and William Troy Buckner, Mack always loved the outdoors and the mountains, and you could find him most of the time working outside enjoying grilling, wood working, hanging by the fire or just helping others with a project. He started working with his Dad at the age of thirteen in construction and that began his love for building. He built several houses for himself and others over his lifetime.
Graduating from Oakley High School, Mack was the only student in his class that lettered in all four sports: Basketball, Football, Baseball and Cheerleading. After graduation, Mack began his career in his favorite area – home building and home improvements. After 30 years as Store Manager for Lowe’s he retired and began getting involved in many hobbies that he enjoyed. He was known as an awesome caterer – delivering award winning barbeque, a great carpenter, an avid traveler and a baker.
The youngest of four boys, Mack was preceded in death by his brothers, Boyce, Odell and Arnold. He leaves behind his wife, Lois Lackey Buckner, of 29 years, daughter Donna Miller, son Richard Anthony Buckner (Dawn), daughter Valerie Olszewski (John), stepson Kevin Westmoreland (Amy) and stepdaughter Tanya Eldredge (Jim); sister-in-law Fannie Lee and several nieces and nephews.
He always strived to be very involved in all his grandchildren’s activities and celebrations and cherished every visit throughout the years. His grandchildren, Amanda Lausman , Andrea Grimm (Paul), Nicholas Buckner, Dayna Simmons, step grandsons Matthew Westmoreland, Jim Eldredge, Jr. (Nicole), Spencer Eldredge and step granddaughters Lauren Westmoreland and Alyssa Eldredge will miss him very much but will always remember how he made them laugh, cared for them, and showed genuine love. He was blessed to have also met his two great grandsons Tripp Eldredge and Tristan Grimm.
Mack never met a stranger and was always open to the “more the merrier” on any occasion. If he ever knew that anyone needed anything built or made, he was the first one to pitch in. When Mack did something, he did it right. If he did not know how to do it, he figured it out. With his curiosity for how things are made and work, you could find him watching many shows and videos for continuous learning and to keep his mind active.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Lake Hills Church (370 Lake Dr., Candler, NC 28715) on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:00PM. Visitation will start at 12PM, prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Riley Howell Foundation Fund – rileyhowellfoundation.org