BUKER, Dorothy Henshaw, passed away peacefully at her home in Burnsville, North Carolina on January 30, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 85. Happy, independent, fearless and inexhaustibly energetic, "Dottie" loved life and lived it to the fullest, adding joy and sunshine to the many whose lives she touched. A full obituary can be found at www.holcombebrothers.com. Dottie is survived by her devoted companion Kenneth Hoke of Burnsville, brother Robert Henshaw of Boiling Springs, SC, brother Donald Henshaw and his wife Shirley of Burnsville, NC, son Charles Edward III of Atlanta, his wife Margaret and their children Charles and Meg, son Terrance Arthur of Ft Lauderdale, his wife Valerie and their children Kelley and Dustin, son Gregory Willis of Port St. Lucie, Fl, and his son Gregory, Jr. , along with numerous nephews and cousins. Dottie was predeceased by her husband of nearly 50 years, Charles E. (Charlie) Buker, Jr., her mother Ethel Levoy Henshaw Buehler and her father Arthur Henshaw. A memorial service to celebrate the life of this wonderful mother, wife, companion, friend, volunteer and citizen will be held this summer in Burnsville at a date and location to be later announced. In lieu of flowers, Dottie asked that donations be made to Yancey County Hospice (856 George's Fork Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714), a blessing to Dottie and her family in her final days.
Published in Miami Herald on Feb. 10, 2013