Bruce Buckner

Bruce McKay Buckner

Swannanoa - Bruce McKay Buckner, 86, a native of Swannanoa, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Bruce served two different tours in the United States Navy. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in chemistry. Later, he travelled the world setting up communication stations for The Voice of America. He spent the last 11 years working for Cardinal Health Pharmacy of Asheville. Bruce had a passion for old cars and loved working on his Hudson car collection. He also was a longtime fan of NASCAR.

Bruce was the son of the late Dr. J. M. Buckner and Robbie Buckner. Also preceding him in death were his siblings Mary Phyllis, James Marion, Jr., and Arnold Graham Buckner.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Jean S. Buckner; sons, Nathan Williams and Dwayne Squires; daughter-in-law, Penny Squires; granddaughters, Eleanor and McKenzie Squires.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church, 115 Rockdale Avenue, with Reverend Edwin Olson, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 637, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 20, 2013