Helen Buckner

Passed 06/21/2021

Obituary For Helen Buckner

Celebration of Life for Mrs. Helen Thornton Buckner, who passed on Monday, June 21, 2021, will be 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 26, 2021, Antioch Life Center, East Gadsden AL with Pastor Melvin D. Guyton, Officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Turkeytown Cemetery.

Public viewing will be held Friday, June 25, 2021 at Mrs. Buckners beloved Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Turkeytown from 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Mrs. Helen Thornton Buckner was born September 6, 1941, to the union of Mr. Menlo & Mrs. Mattie L. Thornton in Turkeytown (rural Etowah County).

At an early age, she united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was baptized by the late Rev. E.D. Pace. There she served in the Youth Choir, Teacher in Junior Mission, Sunday School. Fall 1960, she moved to Chicago, IL and united with Pilgrim Baptist Church. She served faithfully, there until returning to unite in holy matrimony to David Buckner on March 13, 1965. She united with Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Gadsden, AL in May 1965.

She was preceded in death by her: parents; husband, Mr. David N. Buckner; sisters, Mrs. Mary Harlson, Mrs. Margaret Wright and Mrs. Elizabeth Woods; and brother, Mr. W.D. Thornton.

She leaves to cherish her memories: daughter, Mrs. Tammy (Derrick) Woods of Gadsden, AL; sister, Mrs. Grace Jerry of Jamaica, NY; special nieces, Ms. Patrice Harlson of Birmingham, AL and Brenda Juckes of Atlanta, GA; godson, Mr. Ivan Watkins; chosen children, Mr. Thomas Harlson of Chicago, IL; special cousin, Mrs. Mary Franklin Thomas; chosen family, Ms. Audrey Steward, Mrs. Kristie Bell, Ms. Cassandra Thomas, Ms. Stephanie Cherry, Ms. Mary Nell Cole, Ms. Daphyne Mayes-Hall and Ms. Angela Brown; aunt, Mrs. Lucinda Thornton of Cincinnati, OH. Several nieces and nephews. A host of devoted cousins and many dear friends.

Guest Book

Tammy, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Natalie Small

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Dear Tammy, words cannot begin to express the sadness I am feeling. You know I loved your mother dearly. When I met Mrs. B, in 2008, she welcomed me into the Gadsden Memorial Funeral Home Family as well as her very own family. I will always cherish the many conversations about LIFE and the stories about you, and your daddy, when you were a little girl and the MANY meals she fed me, sitting at her kitchen table. Mrs. Buckner was a queen of a lady, second to none. She told you like it was and how it should be. When I moved back to Atlanta, Mrs. Buckner would call and check on me, if too much time had passed between our talks. I am going to miss our occasional talks, just like I miss talking to my very own mother. Mrs. B., may flights of angels take you to your resting place. I heard of your passing, as I was in the airport, leaving for my birthday vacation. My heart was torn between staying or leaving and I heard your voice, from one of our conversations about life and death. I regret not being at your funeral, but I pray I will see you again, some sweet day. With all my love, GeRod A. Singleton

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You have our deepest sympathies. Good neighbor and inspirational family. Mary Carstarphen Kelley

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Mom, I will always remember our good times that we shared, the laughs, cries,eating together, most of all listening to me & me listening to you when I was down. I will cherish everything that I could remember when you became my 2nd Mom. Tammy thank you for sharing your mom with me."Rest On In Paradise"

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To The Family of Helen Buckner you have my deepest sympathy 💐 RIH Mrs. Buckner

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You have my sincere Condolences. Praying for your family. God bless you. Mrs. Virginia Jackson and family

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Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

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