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Governor Cooper in Executive Order 125 dated May 14, 2021 lifted the face mask requirement for most situations. The order states “it remains critical that North Carolinians exercise personal responsibility to protect themselves and their friends and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19, and the undersigned (The Governor) and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services continue to identify Face Coverings, social distancing, and washing hands as best practices.”
The safety of our client families, guests, and employees is of upmost importance to us at Smith-Buckner Funeral Home, so we ask that unvaccinated persons continue to wear facemasks while in our facilities. And we encourage all to continue to follow the three “W” safety practices of: wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash hands frequently.
Welcome to Smith-Buckner Funeral Home
As traditions might change, one thing remains constant- the personal care and professional attention given to each family we serve. Because of this care we have been rated as one of the top funeral homes in the country, a designation of which we are very proud and work hard to maintain.
Please feel free to browse our pages to learn more about pre-planning a funeral and grief support, as well as the traditional funeral and cremation services that we have to offer. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at anytime, we are available by phone or e-mail, or drop by the office in person. We are always here to help.
Smith - Buckner Funeral Home, Siler City, NC, is proud be part of the Pugh Funeral Home Family. The Pugh Funeral Home tradition started 170 years ago in 1857, now serving Families from five Piedmont North Carolina locations, Asheboro, Randleman, Troy, Siler City, and Star. Since our beginning we have always have been a family owned and operated business we continue to be so now.
T.L. Smith and B.B. Buckner opened Smith & Buckner Funeral Home on February 8, 1933 in a one and one-half frame house located at the same site where the present funeral home stands.
With one hearse and one ambulance, using their own personal automobiles as family cars the two founders and their wives shared the responsibilities of the business.
The first funeral conducted by Smith & Buckner was for James Franklin Elkins, grandfather of Chatham County Sheriff Jack Elkins. Mr. Elkins died February 8, 1933 at the age of 78.
Dalton Buckner had been involved with his father’s business since childhood serving as an ambulance attendant, washing cars, and answering the telephone. In 1948 he became officially associated with the business and became President in the late 1950’s with the retirement of the founders.
Smith & Buckner remained a family run business, with the entire Buckner family involved. Helen Moody, married Dalton Buckner in 1950. She and their three children, Keith, Joe, and Sylvia worked in various capacities at the funeral home, the children even while attending college. After Dalton’s death in 1980, Helen Buckner became President, and with the assistance of funeral home manager J. C. Bray, funeral directors Leslie Fletcher and Mickey Pore, and of course her family, successful ran the funeral home for almost twenty years.
In 1999, the Buckner family approached the Pugh’s regarding the purchase of their family’s funeral home. Later that year Smith & Buckner Funeral Home joined the Pugh Funeral Home family, and Mickey Pore was named manager. Today Mickey along with Chuck Akers, Tim Lednum, Karen Pike, and several part time funeral assistances continue providing quality funeral service to families in Siler City and Chatham County area.
The death of someone we care about can be one of the most difficult experiences of life. Words seem inadequate to describe how painful the grief we feel can be. It is often much more challenging than we expect and than others seem to think. Read More