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Recalling the legacy of Elder Edward Buckner

Gigi Tinsley | 10/17/2013, 9 a.m.
Edward Buckner, the past president of the Primitive Baptist Churches of the State of Florida, died last Friday, Oct. 4 ...
Elder Edward Buckner

Edward Buckner, the past president of the Primitive Baptist Churches of the State of Florida, died last Friday, Oct. 4 in hospice in Cocoa [FL]. His nephew, Elder Michael Roan, says, “Uncle Buckner is the man-figure that was instrumental in my accepting the Lord as my personal Savior and for keeping inside of me the desire to continue to serve the Lord.”

Roan is himself a local pastor and a Miami-Dade County police officer.

He loved people and the Lord

Buckner retired from the Brevard County School Board as a supervisor in the maintenance department after serving more than 30 years. But he was even more active in the church — both in his community and

across the State. Some of the positions Buckner held in the Primitive Baptist Association [PBA] included: Deacon of Zion Orthodox; Pastor of Friendship; Founder and Moderator of the North Central Florida District PBA; Treasurer  of the National P.B. Convention, USA; President of the Florida State P.B. Convention; and Pastor/Administrator of the Friendship Christian Academy. He also served as the chairman of CDBG Board and president of the WLC Homeowners Association.

“I met Buckner in 1975,” said Pastor Frazier Arnold of Mt. Olive P.B. Church in Miami said. “I have truly lost a friend.

He started his church with eight women and in a short time it had grown to 400 members. When we were building our church he would come down and preach and accept no money for his services.

He then went back home and raised money for us, bringing thousands of dollars back to help us. What a man of God he was.”

In 2002, Buckner was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.

Buckner’s efforts were unending as he constantly reflected on I Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brethren be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

“Buckner’s work started as a young man and lasted until his last breath,” Arnold added. “When Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida, Buckner loaded up an 18-wheeler, brought food and water to Mt. Olive and to other devastated areas from Perrine to Homestead and helped distribute it.

When Hurricane Katrina struck, he did the  same thing in the Biloxi, Mississippi area.”

Buckner is survived by his wife, Lillian, his children, Elaine, Michael, Terri and Valerie, two sons-in-law, Luke B. McCoy, Sr. and Frank G. Bell, Jr., four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were held last weekend in Cocoa.