Blaine Buck, Sr., 95, Elizabethton passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012 in the Hermitage Health Center.
A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Milton B. “Pig” & Osa Bell Redmond Buck.
He was a graduate of Happy Valley High School and attended Tulane University in New Orleans.
He served in the Army Air Force as a crew chief-Pilot on a B-17 & B-29 Bombers during World War II. He flew several missions over Japan and on one flight his plane was short down. He earned many medals for his five and half years of service.
Blaine was employed at North American Rayon Corporation for over 40 years where he was a Supervisor in the Knitting Department.
Blaine was an inventor, he got a U.S. Patient and wrote a book. He was part-owner in a printing Company on West G. Street for several years.
He was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton and the Fair-Morgan Sunday School Class. He was active in the Boy Scouts for many years.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Mary Lee Merritt Buck who died October 17, 2004 and two sisters: Ann Buckles and Kathryn Lacey.
Survivors include his son: David B. Buck, Jr., of the home and formerly of Talbott, Tenn. A Brother & Sister-in-Law: Jack and Nancy Buck and their two children: Mike & Sandy.
Graveside Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday will be: Joel Briggs, Mack Merritt, Kenneth Nave, Terry Pierce, R.L. Hambrick and Ken Hughes. David Jr. would like to express a special “Thank You” to the staff of Appalachian Christian Village and a big “Thank You” to the Staff of Hermitage Health Care and also to the Staff of Caris Health Care for the excellent care that was received. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to mfc@Chartertn.net.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.