HOT SPRINGS — Mr. Charles D. “Buck” Buckhalter, 82, passed away in Hot Springs, Ark. on February 23, 2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on October 20, 1930 to the late Martell Bennett. He was reared by his beloved grandparents, Nannie and Charlie Buckhalter of Pelican, La. He was a cradle roll member of Pelican Baptist Church. After graduating from Pelican High School, he attended Northwestern College in Natchitoches, La., later serving in the US Air Force.
Buck’s career with the Union Pacific Railroad led him to Pine Bluff, Ark. While there, he met and married his wife of 50 years, Ann Cooper. After 38 years in the clerical department with the Union Pacific, Buck retired. He and Ann moved to Hot Springs, Ark., where they were welcomed by both old friends and wonderful neighbors.
Buck was an avid collector. Among his favorite collections were his numerous trains, and Elvis Presley, Arkansas Razorbacks, and President Bill Clinton memorabilia. One of his most treasured memories was attending the Inaugural Ball for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. in 1997.
Buck was a faithful friend to all whom he loved. He never failed to send articles, holiday or birthday greetings, or just call and check on family and friends. Ann always knew that if he disappeared while they were shopping, she could find him on the greeting card aisle perusing for the perfect card for someone.
In addition to his wife, Buck is survived by his son Chuck Buckhalter (Robin) of Pineville, La, two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday February 25, at Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Alton Middleton 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27th, at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, La. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Buck will be laid to rest by his grandparents in the Pelican Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of choice.
Guest register at www.grossfuneralhome.com.