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 assistants continue providing quality funeral service to families in Siler City and Chatham County area.
Smith & Buckner Location 230 N. Second Ave Siler City, NC 27344