Frank Wooldridge Buckner Jr.
1949 - 2019
Frank Wooldridge Buckner, Jr.

- - The Rev. Dr. Frank Wooldridge Buckner, Jr., age 69, died unexpectedly on June 15, 2019. Born October 11, 1949 in Nashville, TN, he was the youngest son of the late Frank Wooldridge Buckner, Sr., and Katherine Kern Buckner. Frank grew up in Martinsville, VA, and Chapel Hill, NC, and graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Duke University. An ordained Methodist minister, he was a member of the Western North Carolina Methodist Conference and a beloved thirty-year faculty member at Huntingdon College. He retired in 2017 and was honored as Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy.

He will be remembered by those who loved him for his way with a joke and a story, his encyclopedic memory, and his love for coffee and bicycles. He was a consummate teacher and a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and grandfather.

Frank is survived by his wife of 38 years, Diane Leatherwood Buckner, his daughters Christina Elaine Buckner and Melissa Buckner Reynolds, son-in-law Justin Reynolds, grandchildren Hansen and Lucy Reynolds, and siblings Bates Buckner, Jansen Buckner, and Kern Buckner.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, June 20 at 3:00 pm with visitation in the church Fellowship Hall immediately preceding the service at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Huntingdon College in the name of Frank W. Buckner.

Published by Montgomery Advertiser on Jun. 19, 2019.
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Dr. Buckner was an amazing professor. I can remember sitting in his New Testament class and discussing the things that I learned in Sunday School from my grandfather. Most students would laugh at me, but Dr. Buckner would encourage the conversation. He stated that not only was I learning from him, but that the lessons my grandfather taught me gave him a better insight into God's word. Dr. Buckner was not only an amazing professor, but he was an amazing person. I hate to hear of his passing, but he is one soul that I am not worried about. Thank you Dr. Buckner for all of the lessons you taught me, inside and outside of the classroom.
Rachel Nixon
October 1, 2020
Frank was my Field Education supervisor in Plateau, NC. I learned from Frank and thoroughly enjoyed the time there. Frank tried to 'Deutchify' me with a fountain pen as soon as I arrived, and was always ready with a clever response. He appreciated a sense of humor, and wondered whether that congregation had one, telling me of one occasion that he said from the pulpit, "Let me be frank with you, for that is who I am." He said, "Warren, nobody even cracked a smile." Similarly when the light fixtures were replaced and Frank offered. "This morning, I see you in a new light." I left Plateau with a lot of good stories and a 1979 Peugeot 504, midnight blue. I guess he tried to deutchify me, but ended up making me a Frankophile. I was never quite the same after Frank. He sold me the car because he needed a station wagon for the kids. I remember the way he said "Diane".
December 17, 2019
I just learned of Frank's passing from our mutual friend, Lennie Jernigan. Growing up in Chapel Hill, Frank, Lennie and I were inseparable. But then we all went off to boarding schools the same year. We met up again at Carolina, and Frank and I were fraternity brothers along with Kern. Lennie and I see each other occasionally but I last talked to Frank when I moved to Waynesville NC and was near Frank's beloved Lake Junaluska. My thoughts and prayers are with Bates, Kern, Jansen and Diane. Diane, I regret we never met but you were married to a wonderful man. My very best always, Geoffrey
Geoffrey Norwood
July 3, 2019
Dear Diane and family, Cheryl and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Frank's death. In the past week, we've talked often of the years we all shared in Durham. A conversation with Frank was always a treat and time that was well-spent. I always enjoyed the fact that he was a sharp dresser, and I got several good tips from him that proved helpful over the years. Know that you are in our prayers and thoughts.
Stan Ingersol
July 1, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. May the fond memories of your loved one sustain your family at this time. May you also receive comfort from what is stated at 1 Peter 5:6,7.
June 18, 2019
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