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Ernest Gray Buckles
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Birth: May, 1916
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 15, 1996
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA

My beloved father, the late Ernest Gray Buckles, was born in Emmett, Tennessee in May of 1916, son of the late Benjamin Campbell Buckles (of Sullivan County, TN) and the late Ann McDaniel Buckles (of Washington County, VA). They lived west of what is now South Holston Dam(TVA) near the South Holston River. During my father's early childhood, the family moved to Virginia Avenue, in Bristol, Tennessee, across the street from Virginia Avenue Methodist Church. His mother passed away, due to natural causes, while my father was still a child. His father, Benjamin Campbell Buckles, as a widower, continued to raise my father, his brother Walter and sisters Pearl, Martha, Louella and Nancy while working at the Bristol Door and Lumber Company as a carpenter. My father attended Fairmount Elementary School first at the original building, still standing, on Kentucky Avenue, then, after 1926, at the new building on nearby Cyprus Street. After attending Fairmount Elementary School, my father then attended Bristol Tennessee High School for four years. Subsquently, he became employed at a Texico gas station, on Piedmont Avenue in Bristol, Virginia, and also served in the Tennessee National Guard. When World War II started, my father was drafted into the U.S. Army, sent through their training then assigned as an enlisted Instructor of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he remained for the duration of the war. After being honorably discharged from the Army, my father returned to Bristol, Tennessee where he married my mother, Fay Long, daughter of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Long, of Bristol, Tennessee, and the late Frank Long (born in Pittsburgh, PA). They were married at Central Christian Church in Bristol, Tennessee, in late March of 1946. My father returned to employment at the Texico gas station after which he took tests for and was hired as a Letter Carrier with the U.S. Post Office Department. My father continued to work for the U.S. Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service for well over 30 years winning annual good driver awards and winning a Postal Service heroism award when he rescued a blind lady from her burning house on his letter carrier route. My father and mother had four children, myself, Martin, Lewis and Laura Ann between 1951 and 1960. My father continued to work for the U.S. Postal Service until he retired in the early 1980s. He spent time, thereafter, working around our house, located on Virginia Avenue,in Bristol, Tennessee, across the street from Fairmount Elementary School, and being of service, as needed, to friends and relatives. He suddenly became ill and, after being admitted to Bristol Regional Medical Center, passed away there on July 15, 1996. A Christian man and good citizen, he was respected and loved by his family and by many people in the Bristol, Tennessee/Bristol, Virginia area. 
Note: My father is buried next to my Grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Long 80850942
Shelby Hills Cemetery
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: E. Marshall Buckles
Record added: Aug 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41182964
Ernest Gray Buckles
Added by: E. Marshall Buckles
Ernest Gray Buckles
Added by: E. Marshall Buckles
Ernest Gray Buckles
Added by: E. Marshall Buckles
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Dad was a wonderful father and good citizen. I love him, I miss him and look forward to seeing him in heaven someday. May God grant you eternal peace, Dad! See you in the kingdom of our Eternal Father!
- E. Marshall Buckles
 Added: Aug. 26, 2009

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