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Updated November 11, 2020
Based on Governor's Executive Order 176
The Covid-19 Pandemic continues to affect our community, the families we serve, our personal families and our employees. Our funeral home’s highest priority remains the safety of these people. Governor Cooper’s latest Executive Order begins to re-open some businesses but has little effect on how we must operate in these trying times.
We must require the wearing of masks while inside our funeral home.
We must enforce six (6) foot social distancing.
We will encourage hand washing or the use of disinfectant upon entering and leaving our facility.
The actual funeral service is exempt, but prudent safety measures dictate we adhere to the above listed safety measures; therefore, any funeral services conducted within our facility will be limited to a maximum of fifty (50) persons. This includes the total of family members and guests. This number may be lowered to maintain proper social distancing.
Any activities prior to or following the funeral service are not exempt and must adhere to the mandated maximum of 10 people per room inside, or 50 outside. This includes visitations, receptions and social gatherings. We will continue to offer extended hours for individual to come by the funeral home to pay condolences.
By working together, we can mitigate the impact this virus may have on our community and on our families.
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.
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