January 17, 1944 ~ February 24, 2022

Born in: Terra Alta, WV
Resided in: Swannanoa, NC

Tommy Roger Bucklew, 78 of Swannanoa, NC passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022. He was born in Terra Alta, WV to the late Raymond Buckner Bucklew and Bernadette Leah Friend Bucklew.

He proudly served the US Navy during Vietnam. He worked as a maintenance mechanic in the Manufacturing Industry. He enjoyed motorcycles and rebuilding old tractor motors.

He was preceded in death by a son; Tommy Eugene Bucklew; three brothers; Jim Bucklew, David Bucklew, and Charles Bucklew; and a sister; Sue Bucklew Sirk.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Lee Bucklew; two daughters: Anna B. Keith (Bill) of SC, Tonya Blair of FL, a step-son; Allen Stewart of Swannanoa and a step-daughter Tina Dotson (Brian) of Asheville, NC. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service will be at 12:30 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Bobby Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in the State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC with Military Honors.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

Services

Funeral Service: March 2, 2022 12:30 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

(828)299-4416
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

Visitation: March 2, 2022 11:30 am

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

(828)299-4416
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Chapel

Burial:

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(828)669-0684

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  1. Emma Lee, You and Roger were the sweetest couple. I know he is in a better place but it doesn’t make it any easier for you. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. I’m so very sorry friend. Pam and Ken Wilson

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  2. he will truly be missed by a lot of people, your in our throughts and prayers may god wrap he loving arms around you and hold you tight.
    Robert &Debra Hudgins

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  3. Emma Lee,
    I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. Please know you, Tina and the rest of your family will be in my prayers. Matt. 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    Love,
    Cindy

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  4. Emma Lee, I am so sorry to hear about Roger. What a great Sunday school teacher and a great christian. He is with our Lord Jesus Christ today. We will miss him at Reynolds Baptist church. You and your family are in our prayers.

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  5. So sorry for your loss. Roger was a good man we enjoyed working with him. Always sharing whatever he had to eat. You are in our prayers.

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  6. Oh how Tammy and I love you all. What a marvelous man. His gentle spirit, kind heart, marvelous smile were things that you could count on to always lift you up! Praying for you all.

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  7. We wish more than anything we could be there with ya’ll. Ya’ll are in our thoughts,hearts, and prayers! We love and miss ya’ll!! We love and miss you aunt Emma Lee! Love Roxie, Brian, Sarah, Trapper, and Mayclen

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  8. I will be praying for the family! I met Roger through someone who worked at Day International. Roger was a Godly man, who is resting in the arm’s of Jesus now! Roger, you drank that coffee all day, eat just about anything……and never gain a pound. Until we meet again!

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