Durward “Bucky” Southard, 64, of Smithville, passed away Saturday morning July 23, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.
He was born Dec. 4, 1957, to his parents, the late Bobby Gary and Gloria Annette Johnson Southard Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother Ailene Southard, and two sisters Cheryl Freeman and Angie Fults.
Bucky had worked at Delta Express/ Mapco for almost 40 years, where he served as the store manager, and he was a Baptist. He was a member of the NWTF, former member of the Jaycees and helped with many children and youth events and organizations through the years and he loved fishing. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Ellen Moore Southard of Smithville, son Brian Southard and Angel Hearn of Smithville, grandchildren Ryan Patrick Lincoln, William Skyler Southard and Christopher Corbin Southard, special family Michelle Southard, brother Bobby Gary (Sylvia) Southard Jr. of McMinnville, sisters-in-law Wanda (Buddy) Wiggs of Christiana, TN, Brenda Taylor and Mike Kingsbury of Smithville and Tammy (Mike) Owens of Smithville, several nieces and nephews, special Mapco Family, Allison Ferguson, Sharon Lombardi, Dylan Wagner, Gabie Johnson and Karen Stone.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 26, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation was held Monday and Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to either St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Lighthouse Christian Camp, in memory of Bucky. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the EMTs at DeKalb Ambulance Service and the staff of St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital for the love and care shown to Bucky.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 29, 2022