Frances Buckles, age 71, of Erwin, TN passed away, Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Frances was a native of Saltville, VA but had lived most of her life in Erwin. She was the daughter of Earl Graybeal and Bonnie Ashley Graybeal Rutter. Frances retired several years ago from American Water Heater. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Erwin. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Gambrell. Survivors include:
Husband, Eric “Phonse” Buckles;
Children, Brenda Collins and husband Mike of Erwin, Joyce Whittington of Ohio, Fred McCurry and wife Sarah of Erwin, Terry Keesee and husband Larry of Erwin, Johnny McCurry and Kathy McCurry Howell both of Erwin;
Step-children, Kathy Stamper and husband Kevin of Kingsport, Melissa Crockett and husband David of Boones Creek;
Brothers, John Graybeal and wife Lois of Erwin, Lucille Hampton of Erwin, Florence Roberts of Erwin, Charles Graybeal and wife MaryAnn of Erwin, Ernest Rutter and wife Geneva of Erwin, Shirley Maynard of Las Vegas, NV; thirty two grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
The funeral service for Mrs. Buckles will be held at eleven o’clock, Saturday, October 25th
at Faith Baptist Church, 2493 Temple Hill Road, Erwin, TN. Reverend Jeff Autry will officiate. Receiving of friends will also be at the church and will be two hours prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow immediately at Evergreen Cemetery. All pallbearers will be notified by the family. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.valleyfuneralhome.net
. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Frances Buckles through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 North Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 423-743-9187.