Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

Kenneth W. Buckner (1932-2019)

On Wednesday, October 23rd our beloved friend and brother in Christ, Ken Buckner, ceased his earthly journey as he “walked through the valley of the shadow of death” spoken of by the psalmist in the 23rd Psalm. And because of the kind of life he lived, we believe that, like the psalmist, Ken “feared no evil, for Thou art with me.”
Ken and Barbara have been members of the Northeast family for many years. Over the years they have endeared themselves by their dedicated life as Christians. There are a number of things that stand out as we remember Ken.
He was a humble man. I never saw anything that resembled pride in this man. He lived quietly the Christian life never seeking the limelight nor praise from men. When he made comments in Bible classes it came from his heart. He always desired things to be done for the betterment of the church and the community.
He was a knowledgeable man in the Scriptures. I appreciated so much all of the encouraging things that he has said in regard to my preaching, and I know that this was true of brother David as well. He encouraged and desired that only God’s truth be presented with no sugar coating. He agreed with Paul that Gospel preaching included “reprove, rebuke and exhort” as Paul told Timothy (II Tim. 2:4).
Ken, along with his good wife, was a very generous man. When announcements were made for help to reach some goal or to be able to do some good work, Ken and Barbara were among the first to respond. He was there contributing to help with Thanksgiving baskets, providing food and water for Truth Bible Camp, as well as supporting Tennessee Bible College through the annual dinner for the College. In the past few years he purchased tickets even when he was not able to attend. You could always count on Ken.
One thing that I observed from the beginning was the prayers he led. They were never copies of what he had heard others say; he prayed from the heart and it was very apparent. You could tell by the way he prayed that he sincerely believed in the power of prayer.
Ken and Barbara seldom missed a service, unless visiting out of town, and they usually made the elders aware of where they would be if planning to be away. All should follow their example.
Ken dealt with numerous health issues during his sojourn here on earth; this was especially true of the last few years. I am sure that he came to worship when many people would not have attempted it. But I am confident that Ken is now in a place where “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain” (Rev. 21:4). We will miss Ken tremendously, but believe that Heaven will be a better place because of Ken Buckner. And we know that the world was made better by his presence.
To Barbara and the family we extend our sympathy, but we “sorrow not as others who have no hope” but look forward to being reunited with him one day when our lives are finished here as well.

Paul M. Wilmoth