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Due to the Executive Order from Governor Roy Cooper and guidance from the Center for Disease Control and local Health Departments we are now only able to offer private family services, private graveside services, or private visitations until further notice.
We are encouraging the public to share condolences through our website and will be offering extended hours for individuals to come by the funeral home and pay condolences outside of normal visitation hours.
The Smith & Buckner Funeral Home's highest priority is always the safety of our client families, community and employees. We know you continue to hear and see news reports about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, and some of its effects around the world and in the USA. We are closely monitoring this evolving situation and are following the health guidance for funeral homes provided by the CDC.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home always strives to provide a clean, healthy environment for families to honor and remember their loved ones. Our staff is taking extra steps to maintain this level of care for the families we serve, our community and employees during this heightened time of awareness as a result of COVID-19.
We apologize for any inconvenience these measures cause, but by working together we can mitigate the impact this virus may have on our communities.
Welcome to Pugh 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, and 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.
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