Clarence “Yank” Buckley was the 3rd child born to the union of Ollie and Osie Lee Richardson Buckley on June 6, 1948 in Arkadelphia. He grew up in a close-knit family surrounded by the love of his sisters and brothers. “Yank” as he was fondly called accepted Christ and was baptized at Tate Temple C.O.G.I.C. He was a 1966 graduate of the historic Peake High School.
He was a lumberjack and worked for the City of Arkadelphia as a groundskeeper. Yank enjoyed playing dominoes, spades and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He took advantage of family get-togethers and reunions to catch up on the latest with his nieces and nephews.
Clarence was preceded into transition by his parents: Ollie (1999) and Osie Lee Buckley (2000); grandparents: Lee Roy and Irena Richardson and Eli and Rosie Buckley; two brothers, Bobby Ray “Byrd” Buckley (2010) and Greg Buckley Lynn (2016); two nieces, Demetrice Dixon (2014) and Rosetta D. Buckley (2016); a nephew, Jeremy J. Buckley (2014), as well as, aunts and uncles.
Because love is far greater than death, he departs this earth in body only. He leaves five children, Karen Jones (Michael), Phillip Buckley, David Buckley all of Arkadelphia, AR; Brandon Buckley and Adrian Buckley both of Salem, OR; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; his siblings, Alfred Scott, Ollie Leon Buckley (Mable), Freddie Buckley (Marilyn), Belinda Bailey (Earl), Timothy Buckley (Joanne), Carl Buckley (Marsha), Alvin Buckley, Roy Buckley (Donna), Tressie Utsey (Jeff) all of Arkadelphia, AR; Charles Buckley (Margret) of Hot Springs, AR, Beverly Johnson (Preston) of Little Rock, AR; Cynthia Yarber (Harold) of Arkadelphia, AR; Juan Scott of Hope, AR, and Mary Salvage (Chris) of Virginia Beach, VI; one aunt, Alberta Jefferson of Lansing, MI; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and countless friends.
Public visitation will be Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Cemetery with Superintendent Robert Davis, eulogist.