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Anthony H. Buckner

Obituary for Anthony H. Buckner

March 17, 1963 - March 12, 2020
Aurora, Illinois | Age 56


Quionne Hood Michael Johnson
Terrell Ingram Dexter Robinson, Sr.
Jeff Johnson Steve Strickland

Honorary Pallbearers

Terrance Buckner Gregory Rice
Ricky Buckner Allen Visor
Pernell Davis

Riverside Cemetery
414 North River Street
Montgomery, Illinois

Healy Chapel
332 West Downer Place
Aurora, Illinois

The family of Anthony H. Buckner would like to thank everyone for their love, prayers, phone calls, and other acts of kindness during this difficult time. Your expressions of love are greatly appreciated. May God continue to keep each and every one of you.

Thank you to Gayles Memorial Baptist Church, Main Baptist Church, Advocate at Home, Healy Chapel, Riverside Cemetery and Flower Basket for their support during this time. A special thank you to Rev. Kevin and Nakia LeSure for the use of their van when transportation was needed.

Celebrating the Life of
Anthony H. Buckner

Sunrise Sunset
March 17, 1963 March 12, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Gayles Memorial Baptist Church
730 Gillette Avenue
Aurora, Illinois

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."
John 14:1-4 NIV
Anthony H. Buckner was born March 17, 1963 to Larry and Doris (Rice) Buckner in Campbellsville, Kentucky. He accepted Christ at an early age. As a teenager, Anthony played keyboards in multiple R&B bands including the Staple Singers. He also played for several gospel groups including the Mighty Crusaders and the Might Wings. He joined the United States Army in 1982. He worked as a security guard until he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the year 2000. Even after his diagnosis, Anthony continued to play in a local band from his wheelchair. After a 20-year battle with MS, God sent an angel down and gave Anthony his wings on March 12, 2020.
He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Larry and Doris Buckner; his loving wife of over 27 years, Denise (Malone) Buckner; two sons, Terrance (Tesha) Buckner of Fairview Heights, IL and Ricky Buckner of Nicholasville, KY; two daughters, Tanisha (Shawn) Spaulding of Campbellsville, KY and Cherry Gore of Elizabethtown, KY; three grandsons, Saevon Buckner and Kaevin Spaulding of Campbellsville, KY and Keyon Owens of Elizabethtown, KY; one great-grandson, Kahlil Buckner of Campbellsville, KY; God-daughter, Kayla Smith of Plano, IL; special father-in-law, Eddie (Anita) Malone; special mother-in-law, Caryle Malone; two special sisters-in-law, Carla Johnson and Rhonda Malone all of Aurora, IL; Godparents, Pastor Perry and Curtisean Mamon of Oswego, IL; one brother-in-law; five sisters-in-law; special relatives, Rev. Dr. Michael (Mary) Rice of Glasgow, KY; Maurice J. (Deborah) Vaughn Michigan City, IN; Gloria Alexander, Steve Strickland, Bobby and Evelyn Pryor, Quionne and Stacie Hood all of Aurora, IL; and Beverly Pryor of Oswego, IL; nephew/caregiver, Terrell Ingram of Aurora, IL; his nurse, Michael Roldan of West Chicago, IL; Darryl (Mary) Hicks of Minot, North Dakota; special friends and band members, Pernell Davis of Hammond, IN; John Beasley of Plainfield, IL; Cliff (Chris) Lee of Montgomery, IL; Allen Visor of Aurora, IL; Warren Buie of Las Vegas, NV; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends.
He was preceeded in death by his paternal grandparents, Spencer and Louise Parker and maternal grandparents, Harry and Alberta Rice.

"Love isn't finding someone you can live with,
It's finding someone you can't live without."

I believe in Angels, after all
My Papa is one.
And you will continue to live on in us.

Saevon, Kaevin, Keyon and Kahlil

Order of Service

Processional Ministers and Family

Old Testament Deacon George Gardner

New Testament Rev. Dr. Julian E. Spencer
Main Baptist Church
Aurora, Illinois

Prayer Rev. Ronald Campbell

Musical Selection Gayles Memorial Choir

Words of Comfort Rev. Dr. Michael Rice
First Baptist Church
Glasgow, Kentucky

Musical Selection Gayles Memorial Choir

Obituary Read Silently during
Musical Tribute Cliff Lee

Musical Selection Gayles Memorial Choir

Eulogy Pastor Johnny McGowan
Gayles Memorial Baptist Church
Aurora, Illinois


LETTING GO by Judith Bulock Morse

The angels gathered near your bed, So very close to you,
For they knew the pain and suffering you were going through,
I thought about so many things as I held tightly to you hand,
Oh, how I wished that you were strong and happy once again.
But your eyes were looking homeward to that place be yond the sky,
Where Jesus held his outstretched arms, it was time to say good-bye.
I struggled with my selfish thoughts, for I wanted you to stay,
So that we could talk again, like we did just yesterday.
But Jesus knew the answer and I knew He loved you so,
So I gave to you life's greatest gift,
The gift of letting go.
Your loving wife, Denise

In Memory of a Special Son

It's sometimes hard to know why things happen as they do
For so much joy and happiness was centered around you.
It seems so hard to comprehend that you're no longer here
But all the happy memories will help to keep you near.
Rest in Peace until I see you again,
Love, Mom and Dad

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Healy Chapel

332 W Downer Pl
Aurora, IL 60506
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