Services were held for E. L. "Bunny" Buckles on Monday, October 9, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. at the First baptist Church, arnett, Okla. The Reverend Terry Jackson, pastor of the Arnett First Baptist Church officiated. Interment was held in the DeBolt Cemetery, Arnett, Okla., under the direction of Shaw Funeral Home of Arnett.
E. L. "Bunny" Buckles was born to James E. and Julia (Waters) Buckles at St. Johns, Kansas, on November 1, 1910, and passed from this life at Vici, Okla., on October 7, 2000, at 89 years, 11 months and 6 days of age.
Bunny graduated from high school in Aline, Okla. On June 6, 1931 he was united in marriage to Alma L. "Tony" Decker, and two daughters, Betty and Judy, were born to them. Their lifelong home together was established in Arnett, Oklahoma, where they opened the Buckles Grocery and Department Store in February of 1940. Their store remained a part of Arnett and the surrounding community until their retirment in 1984.
Bunny answered the call to serve his country during Wolrd War II and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He resumed family life and his career in business at the end of the war. He was a strong force in the business community of the area and a hard worker in the Masonic Lodge (as a 32nd degree Mason) and in the Kiwanis Club, as well as being a faithful member of theFirst Baptist Church of ARnett. He served as both Sunday school teacher and deacon fo the chruch for many years.
He enjoyed playing tennis and was an enthusiastic private pilot who would take any opportunity to promote aviation and to give friends (sepecially the young ones) rides in his plane.
Bunny was preceded in death by Tony, his wife of 69 years, by only three days. He was also preceded by his parents and by his stepfather, Fred Finter, and by a sister, Opal Fern Patton.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Ja. and Jewett Scarbrough of Pampa, Tes., and Judith L. and Corky Nelson ob Belton, Tex.; by a granddaughter, Melanie Fleming and her husband, Alan, of Midland, Tex.; by a nephew, Gene Patton and his wife, Thelma and a niece, Mary Hightower, all of Cortez, Colorado, and by numerous other beloved relatives and many, many dear friends.