Douglas Wayne (F.F.C.) Buckles

Published 3:15 pm Thursday, May 7, 2020

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Douglas Wayne (F.F.C.) Buckles, 80, Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at his residence after a brief illness.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Eston and Roxie Odom Buckles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Augusta Buckles, and a sister, Virginia Clark.
Doug was a 1957 graduate of Unaka High School. Within his community, Doug was the voice of the Unaka Rangers for 43 years and was a member of Carter Christian Church.
Doug served in the United States Air Force. He was retired from the Johnson City Fire Department after serving for 30 years and the last 11-1/2 years he served as the city’s Fire Chief. He was a member of the Elizabethton Elks Lodge, the V.F.W. Post 2166, American Legion and Moose Lodge. He served as Chairman of the Carter County Election Commission, as a Commissioner of the 1st District of Carter County and was President of the Southeastern Chiefs Association.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Perrett Buckles; three children, Leigh Anne (Darrin) Rowe, Douglas Wayne Buckles Jr. and Chad Dwayne Buckles; three grandchildren, Logan (Tabatha) Rowe, Colton Rowe and Addisyn Rowe; two great-grandchildren, Arianna Mitchell and Emily Shelton; one sister, Voretta (Phil) French; two special brothers-in-law, Paul (Diane) Perrett and Bubba (Sherry) Perrett; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, May 9, in the Buckles Cemetery with Mr. Don Brandon and Mr. Daryl Cox, ministers, officiating. Active pallbearers will be provided by the Johnson City Fire Department Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers include Johnny Holder, Walt Pierce, Paul Souder, Jerry Huskins, Ken Nidiffer, Henry Wayne Ensor, Roscoe Peters, Norman Peters, Jerry Hyder, Rex Scott, Ron Scalf and the Retired Fire Chiefs of East Tennessee. Special Thanks to family and friends from Carter Christian Church, Team of Nurses and Doctors at VA Hospital of Johnson City and Hospice Nurses, Megan, Emily and Danielle. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Friends may register their presence at the funeral home  from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and also Saturday morning until noon. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website,
Memorial Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Main Street, Elizabethton, is serving the Buckles family.

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