Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Kyler Garrett Buckner

June 6, 1986May 31, 2019

Kyler Garrett Buckner, 32, of Ernul, passed away on Friday, May 31st, 2019. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Kyler served honorably for eight years, including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will be remembered for his love for animals, Jack Skellington, and a good beer; and he left everyone he met with a good story to tell.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Dawn Buckner; his son, Kamden Buckner; his stepson, Ashton Taylor; his parents, Kenny and Becky Buckner; his brothers and sisters, Kash Buckner, Kenna Buckner, Kevin Buckner, Loni Fisher, and Cody Benjamin; and his four puppies, Zeus, Loki, Kali, and Sadie.

In honor of his wishes, a celebration of Kyler's life will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8th at the family's home located at 1885 Hills Neck Road, Ernul, NC.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2019


Kyler Garrett Buckner

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Sarah Tillman

June 11, 2019

Kyler was kind and funny. The only time I ever really seen him not energetic was when I needed him to teach one of my early morning classes. He came in with his hair a mess and had a ‘ it’s too early’ look. He looked at me after clocking in and said, ‘I don’t know how you do this, I need coffee.’ After the class he seemed to be more awake and smiled at me saying he was off to take a nap. Lol. Even in the morning grumpiness he kept a smile and joke. You will be missed my friend. Thank you for all the laughs and smiles. You will be truly missed.

Rachael Krull-Schoonover

June 9, 2019

I will always remember you had the best smile, and the way you could change the mood in the room with your goofy humor. Even in our teens, you had a genuine heart that radiated through. ♥️

Damyon Parkins

June 4, 2019

This guy was a HOOT (I had to capitalize that!). CHS was a blast. School was never dull when you were around bud. Wish I was in North Carolina to send my condolences in person. Didn't know you as well as others but I know you made an impact in a positive way! I will miss you... But always REMEMBER YOU!

Savanna Brown

June 4, 2019

I miss you so much, I wish I could see you one more time and tell you how truly amazing you are! my best memories as a teen were with you, thank you for all the memories!! Love you forever. My deepest condolences to your family. ❤️❤️❤️

Timothy Powell

June 4, 2019

Miss ya brother. One of the finest men I've had the pleasure of working with. Bucky was my boss and he lived above me. I'll never forget you dude. Save a cold one for me!

Stacey Keech

June 4, 2019

You will definitely be missed brother!! What a hard dedicated worker you were, and we never had to guess what was on your mind. I'm thankful for the time we got to work together since the day we were hired together. Our prayers go out for the family.


Nick McGrath

June 4, 2019

I’m really glad I got to work with you man. You were a huge part of making shipping a better place to work. We are going to miss you so much. Rest easy brother.


Kiley Wetmore

June 4, 2019

One of the Finest Marines I have had the pleasure of working with. Bucky your light shines bright. My condolences to your family. You will not be forgotten. Till Valhalla brother

Justin Jacob

June 3, 2019

Bucky was always such a great guy and it was a true honor to have served with him. Always the life of the party and never seemed to meet a stranger. I will always treasure my memories with him and am heartbroken with this. He will truly be missed by everyone that's ever got to know him for sure. Love ya brother.

Tammy Turner

June 3, 2019

I did not know Mr. Buckner, but I was honored to teach his son, Kamden. Kamden is an amazing boy. He is friendly, witty, adorable, and intelligent. I am sure that some of these qualities were inherited from his dad. Someone that has a son as wonderful as Kamden has to be special himself. I am deeply sorry for this families’ loss. I will be praying for everyone that loved Mr. Buckner.