OBITUARY

James Frederick Bucker Jr.

January 22, 1947September 7, 2020
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James (Jim) Frederick Bucker, Jr., 73, of Haughton, LA, passed away on September 7, 2020 in Haughton, LA with his family around his bedside.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 10th from 6-8 pm at Hillcrest Funeral Home in Haughton, LA.

The funeral service will be held at 3 pm on September 11, 2020 at Hillcrest Funeral Home with Rev. Jamie Flowers officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Jim was born in Richmond, VA to Mary Virginia and James, Sr. on January 22, 1947. He graduated from Tucker High School in Henrico, VA in 1965. He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years on the U.S.S. Grand Canyon during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Tuckahoe Rescue Squad from the age of 16, and, after leaving the Navy, he rejoined until he moved away in 1977. He married Martha Ann (McElyea) on August 16, 1975 in Richmond, VA. In 2012, he retired from a career in sales. Prior to his deteriorating health in 2016, he was a faithful and active member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bossier City, LA.

His faith, family, and country were extremely important to Jim. He was a loving, caring, and patient husband, father, and grandfather. His friendly disposition was a defining characteristic of Jim, and he was known for his servant heart and willingness to lend a hand to any who had a need. His faith and hope was in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, alone.

Jim is preceded in death by his father, James, Sr.; mother, Virginia; mother-in law, Halli; father-in-law, Henry; niece, Deanna Etheridge.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marti Bucker of Haughton, LA; daughter Laura [Keith] Lewis of Cold Spring, KY; son Brian [Christy] Bucker of Haughton, LA; daughter, Amy Bucker of Haughton, LA; grandchildren, Briley Bucker, Drake Lewis, and Carlos Williams; his brother, William [Connie] Bucker; sister-in-laws, Vivian Bass and Marilyn Taylor; brother-in-law, Gary McElyea; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Duke, Keith Lewis, Gary McElyea, Joe Sherwin, Floyd Sterling, and Carlos Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church (Bossier City), the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association.

  • FAMILY

  • James Bucker, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Virginia Bucker, Mother (deceased)
  • Halli & Henry McElyea, In-Laws (deceased)
  • Deanna Etheridge, Great-Niece (deceased)
  • Marti Bucker, Wife of 45 years
  • Laura [& Keith] Lewis, Daughter
  • Brian [& Christy] Bucker, Son
  • Amy Bucker, Daughter
  • Briley Bucker, Grandchild
  • Drake Lewis, Grandchild
  • Carlos Williams, Grandchild
  • William [& Connie] Bucker, Brother
  • Vivian Bass, Sister-in-law
  • Marilyn Taylor, Sister-in-law
  • Gary McElyea, Brother-in-law
  • and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jason Duke, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Keith Lewis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gary McElyea, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joe Sherwin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Floyd Sterling, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carlos Williams., Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Funeral

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020

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Carroll Michaud

September 12, 2020

The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to James Fredrick Bucker our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jim. To Jim it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War while serving in the U.S. Navy. Jim, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation, and community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family, church and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 881 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport and the 227 veterans of VFW Post 4588 in Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jim’s family and loved ones.

Bernt Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588-
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71112
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

Linda Jones

September 11, 2020

Sending prayers to you miss Bucker and family, thinking of you always lots of 💘

Floyd Sterling

September 11, 2020

We had some truly great times with the boys in scouts together.

My thoughts and prayer to the entire Bucker Family.

Rest in Peace and God Bless You.

Floyd

William Bucker

September 10, 2020

He was my big brother and I loved him dearly. He was the kind of brother that stopped a bully from stealing my lunch money. I will truly miss him. But he is in a much better place. Love you brother.

Leala Williams

September 10, 2020

Jim was a wonderful and much loved husband and Father. I loved his stories and his laugh. Sending much love and prayers to his family.
Love Leala

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Biography

James (Jim) Frederick Bucker, Jr., 73, of Haughton, LA, passed away on September 7, 2020 in Haughton, LA with his family around his bedside.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 10th from 6-8 pm at Hillcrest Funeral Home in Haughton, LA.

The funeral service will be held at 3 pm on September 11, 2020 at Hillcrest Funeral Home with Rev. Jamie Flowers officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Jim was born in Richmond, VA to Mary Virginia and James, Sr. on January 22, 1947. He graduated from Tucker High School in Henrico, VA in 1965. He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years on the U.S.S. Grand Canyon during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Tuckahoe Rescue Squad from the age of 16, and, after leaving the Navy, he rejoined until he moved away in 1977. He married Martha Ann (McElyea) on August 16, 1975 in Richmond, VA. In 2012, he retired from a career in sales. Prior to his deteriorating health in 2016, he was a faithful and active member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bossier City, LA.

His faith, family, and country were extremely important to Jim. He was a loving, caring, and patient husband, father, and grandfather. His friendly disposition was a defining characteristic of Jim, and he was known for his servant heart and willingness to lend a hand to any who had a need. His faith and hope was in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, alone.

Jim is preceded in death by his father, James, Sr.; mother, Virginia; mother-in law, Halli; father-in-law, Henry; niece, Deanna Etheridge.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marti Bucker of Haughton, LA; daughter Laura [Keith] Lewis of Cold Spring, KY; son Brian [Christy] Bucker of Haughton, LA; daughter, Amy Bucker of Haughton, LA; grandchildren, Briley Bucker, Drake Lewis, and Carlos Williams; his brother, William [Connie] Bucker; sister-in-laws, Vivian Bass and Marilyn Taylor; brother-in-law, Gary McElyea; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Duke, Keith Lewis, Gary McElyea, Joe Sherwin, Floyd Sterling, and Carlos Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church (Bossier City), the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association.

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