James “Alan” Buckner of Hendersonville passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, November 2, 2020. Alan, 57 was born and raised in Mars Hill, North Carolina and was a resident of Hendersonville, NC for the last 24 years. Alan is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cathy Evans Buckner and his four children: Amber (David) Wheeler, Felicia (Brad) Van Blarcum, Michael (Tiffany) Buckner, and Brody (Savannah) Buckner. Alan was a grandfather to nine grandchildren: Dante, Kaylee, Kyler, Harmony, Julianna, Harper, Kaitlyn, Kinsley, and one on the way. Alan is also survived by his parents Delbert Buckner and Juanita Wooten, his sisters: Judy Ford and Kathy Biggs, his brothers: John Lee Buckner, Bobby Buckner, Newton Buckner, Jerry Buckner, and Steve Metcalf. As well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents who raised him, Newton and Rossie Buckner of Mars Hill, NC.
Alan was a talented man who was known for being gifted with his hands; he could make, fix, or do just about anything construction related. Alan was also extremely creative and artistic and was a wonderful artist with both paper and wood. Alan also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching Nascar.
Alan was a man who struggled with addiction and other demons most of his life; and he didn’t always make the right or best decisions. He was human and flawed, but he was also a loving man with a big heart who loved his family and friends. Alan was a generous man and could always be counted on to help a friend in need.
The family has chosen to forgo a traditional funeral and burial and will instead host a memorial in his honor on Saturday November 14, 2020 at 2pm at 223 Rose Street, Hendersonville. Family and friends are welcome to stop by and share in fellowship and memories as we remember Alan. In lieu of flowers, the family would like everyone to instead consider making a donation in Alan’s name to your local mental health and suicide prevention organizations and charities.
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive.”