Aug. 7, 1937 - May 20, 2020
GRAY: Robert “Bob” G. Buckey, 82, of Gray, passed away Wednesday, May 20. He was born Aug. 7, 1937 to the late Alfred Wirt Buckey and Frances Lucille Wardlow Buckey. He was also predeceased by his sister, Shirley Brooks. Services for Mr. Buckey will be private. A visitation was held on Sunday, May 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hart’s Jones County Chapel.
Mr. Buckey was a retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years as a fighter pilot. He was a Vietnam combat veteran and served at the Pentagon and in central command. He was a volunteer pianist for Lynn Haven Nursing Home and frequently played for his wife. He was active in the American Legion; Jones County Cruisers, SASS (Single Action Shooters Society), 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War reenactor, and Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. He was a member of Bradley Baptist Church.
Mr. Buckey is survived by his wife, Harriett Buckey of Gray; children, Stephen M. Buckey of Fort Worth, Texas and Kristine E. (Chip) Blocker of Hot Springs, Arkansas; grandchildren, Darren (Justine) Blocker of Austin, Texas, and Taryn Blocker of Louisville, Kentucky; step-daughters, Elizabeth (Steve) Berry of St. Augustine, Florida and Suzanne (Jeff) Johnson of Gray; and step-grandchildren, Eli Reinhardt of St. Augustine, Florida and Ella Johnson of Gray.
Pallbearers were Doug DeLoach, Jerry Garden, Barry King, Ken Cordier, Phil Dufrene, Phil Backus, and Ronny Griggs. Honorary pallbearers will be John Fox, Jeff Johnson, Virgil Williams, Allen Harrell, Ronnie Miller, and Al Gunn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bradley Baptist Church, 821 Monticello Highway, Gray, Georgia 31032.
Please visit www. hartsmort.com to express condolences.
Hart’s Jones County Chapel, Hart’s Mortuary and Cremation Center, 307 Pecan Lane, Gray, GA 31032, had charge of the arrangements.