Rosetta Dayon Buckley came into the world on Tuesday, August 16, 1977 and those who were touched by her life would never be the same. Her parents Freddie Buckley and Eula “Lil Sis” Davis knew right away that Rosetta would one day make a forever lasting impression in this world. As a baby she was active and exploratory; she warmed up easily to anyone and possessed an infectious giggle and smile that would melt any heart.
“Rose” or “Frizzy Rose” was her nickname to many. She was very outgoing and made friends easily with her blunt sense of humor and laughter. She attended Arkadelphia High School and although she didn’t complete high school she developed lasting friendships with the Class of 1996. She joined Gennesaert Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Frederick Smith.
Rose was the epitome of “home girl”; she was brutally honest, didn’t take no mess and would let you have it. She was tough and tender, but loved to laugh and spill the latest “tea”. She was respected because she kept it real. One of her favorite pastimes was facebook and it will never be the same without “Frizzy Rose” logged on. She was known for her famous words “put a name on it” and “you better know it”.
She loved to go out with her sisters and friends; and there was never a dull moment when she was around. Her children and grandsons were her life and family was everything to Rose. Her favorite color was red and she loved Dr. Pepper’s. Rose was a hard worker and worked hard because she knew she had to go “get it”. She held down the drive-thru window at McDonalds and loved her job. At anytime you could find her greeting you with a smile or a laugh. She brought a spirit of fun and jokes wherever she was. Rosetta was truly an Arkadelphia legend.
Although her stay on this earth may seem so brief, she lived life to the fullest. On Thursday, December 29, 2016 she started her new year early at her new home; in a place we call heaven. 2017 and the years to come will be bittersweet without having her around. Rose was preceded in death by Mother Eula “Lil Sis” Newborn 2006, brother Jeremy Buckley 2014, grandparents Osie and Ollie Buckley, Willie Mae and JW Davis.
Her love and her sweet spirit will linger in the hearts of her father, Deacon Freddie Buckley of Arkadelphia; sons, Alex Buckley and Allen McClure both of Arkadelphia; daughters, Alexandria Buckley, Aliyah McClure and Alissa McClure all of Arkadelphia; grandsons, Kharson Buckley and Nathan Lee Buckley; sisters, Nicole (Carl) Daniels of Arkadelphia, Freda (Nicholas) Perry of Arkadelphia, Leilani (Romaric) Awadjihe of Alexander, Erica (Duringus) Gray of Arkadelphia, Brittley (Brice)Newborn of Arkadelphia, Danyell Morris of Arkadelphia, Teresa (Mitchell) Davis of Benton and LaShunna (Damon) Hart of Arkadelphia; brothers, James Newborn of Hot Springs and Randy (Diedra)Morris of Benton; god sisters, Laura Hunter, Teresa Campbell and Sheryl Shaw; special cousins, Rhonda Jones, Felicia Crawford, Deona Larue, LaTarsha Davis, Mitchell Davis III; special friends, Michaella Tate and Carla Green; aunts, Josephine Morris, Belinda (Earl)Bailey, Tressie (Jeff) Utsey, Polly Mae Brim, Gloria Davis all of Arkadelphia, AR, Beulah Davis-Wiley of Chicago IL, Beverly (Preston) Johnson of Little Rock, AR; uncles, Joseph Davis, Alfred (Shirley) Scott, Timothy (Joann) Buckley, Carl (Marsha) Buckley, Alvin Buckley, Ollie (Mable), Roy (Donna) Buckley, Clarence Buckley, and Charles (Margaret) of Hot Springs, AR.
She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, several cousins, numerous friends, the Gennesaret Baptist Church family and the McDonalds family who loved her and added to the richness of her life.
Public visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home and the family will greet and receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Gennesaret Baptist Church.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2016 at St. Paul AME Church with Rev. T.W. Scott, officiating and Superintendent Robert Davis, eulogist. Interment will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.