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Luther B. Buckley


AT 12:00 NOON TODAY,family and friends of Luther B. Buckley will gather at Central United Methodist Church, 500 North Farish Street, for his homegoing celebration. Burial will follow in Garden Memorial Park, Collins Funeral Home is handling arrangements

Luther Benjamin Buckley was born to the union of Luther and Julia Buckley in Jackson, Mississippi on March 2, 1923 and made his transition on August 14, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Ruby, and beloved wife of 64 years, Dr. Cozetta White Buckley. Although his father, a local businessman, was a native Jacksonian, his mother was from Brookhaven, Mississippi. He began his early education at St. Mark's Episcopal School and completed his elementary school education at Smith Robertson Elementary School and his secondary school education at Lanier High School.

Upon graduation from Lanier, Mr. Buckley enlisted in the United States Army where he served most of his enlistment in the European Theater of Operations with the Third Army. After completing his tour of duty, he returned to Jackson and entered Jackson State University, which was then Jackson College, where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in education. While at Jackson State, he met and upon graduation married Cozetta, who became the love of his life, partner and best friend. 

He received the Master of Arts Degree in secondary school education from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He did further study at Atlanta University, in Atlanta, Georgia; the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma; Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi; and Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.

Mr. Buckley's professional experiences began in the Leflore County Public School District where he served as principal of Browning Elementary School and later as principal of Balkin Vocational High School. His wife worked alongside him at both of those institutions. He returned to Jackson, where he served as principal of Brinkley Elementary-Junior High School for one year and as principal of Lanier for 31 years, retiring in 1987. 

A long-standing member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Management, Mr. Buckley was also on the board of directors of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, the Magnolia High School Activities Association, the Mississippi Secondary School Principals Association, the American Red Cross, Jackson State University Athletic Affairs and the Mississippi Retired Public Employees Association.

A highlight in his professional career came when he was selected as a member of the Danforth School Administrators Fellowship Program. This provided Mr. Buckley with many opportunities to observe outstanding academic programs and to participate in numerous seminars throughout the United States.

Television Station WLBT honored him with its "Spirit of Mississippi Award" for his educational contribution to the City of Jackson and the State of Mississippi. Over the years, Mr. Buckley made a positive difference in thousands of young lives and mentored hundreds of professional educators.

Mr. Buckley was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Fraternity. For more than 60 years, he was a member of Central United Methodist Church, where he served in various capacities, including chairman of the Trustee Board and chair of the Stewardship Committee.

In addition to his extensive professional and volunteer work, Mr. Buckley found the time to travel with Dr. Buckley and support her in her many voluntary leadership roles with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the United Methodist Women and the Links, Incorporated. In fact, he found particular joy in being a "Connecting Link" and fellowshipping with other Link husbands who supported their wives' participation in the organization's philanthropic activities.

Mr. and Mrs. Buckley had two children - Barbara Buckley Washington of East Point, GA, and Luther Benjamin Buckley, IV (Aledria) of Apple Valley, MN; seven granddaughters - Jennifer Baker of Jackson, MS, Lynn Washington, East Point, GA, Celia Washington Cherry (Christopher) of Marietta, GA, Janelle Houston of Mobile, AL, Michelyn Johnson (Gary), Vashawn Buckley and Jocelyn Buckley of Denver, CO; two grandsons - Arthur Michael Washington, Jr. and Telique E. Morris, both of East Point, GA; and six great-grandchildren - Victoria Baker of Jackson, MS, Michael Hobley, Mireya Drinkard, Maia Johnson, Mason Johnson and Massai Johnson, all of Denver, CO; nieces, Rhonda J. Williams of Chicago, IL. and Elizabeth Williams of Oakland, CA, and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Luther B. and Cozetta W. Buckley Endowed Scholarship at Jackson State University. The scholarship will be used to pay for tuition, textbooks, supplies and other fees included in the cost of education for eligible graduates of Lanier High School, enrolled full-time at the University. Tax deductible donations may be mailed to JSU Development Foundation, Post Office Box 17144, Jackson, Mississippi 39217.

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  • Saturday, August 19, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Service By Collins
  • Monday, August 28, 2017
    Rest in peace Mr. Buckley Class of 1979
    ~ Robert Earl Coleman, Sr   Jackson, MS
  • Monday, August 28, 2017
    Rest in peace Mr. Buckley W.H. Lanier Senior High School Class of 1979
    ~ Robert Earl Coleman, Sr   Fayetteville, NC
  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    I just read about the recent death of Mr. Luther and I know the Buckley family and loved ones have saddened hearts today. So I wanted to share beautiful scripture where our loving heavenly Father, Jehovah God, (Psalm 83:18), promises us that he is going to do away with man's greatest enemy, death. Rev. 21: 4; "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises here on earth (Psalm 37:9-11, 29), including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25, Acts 24:15) Also, Titus 1: 2 tells us this promise of a resurrection: "is based on a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago." Isaiah 26:19 "Your dead will live......And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life." Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever. For Jehovah himself has spoken it." For more comforting scriptures please visit: It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. John 17:3 Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Psalm 34:18 It is my prayer this scripture will give you comfort in your grief. If you feel up to contacting me, my email address is: I pray it will bring you comfort to please watch this beautiful video (Song 144) entitled "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" or watch this faith strengthening video entitled: "Can The Dead Really Live Again?"
    ~ M J Jarmon of Dothan, Ala.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    To the family and friends of the deceased, Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Many have found true comfort from the pages of God's word the Bible (2 Corinthians 1:3-5}. The Bible tells us why we die (Genesis 2:16, 17; Romans 5:12) the condition of the dead (Ecclesiastes 9:5) and that we can be reunited with our loved ones (Acts 24:15). The Bible also tells us where this happy event will take place (Psalm 37:29; 115:16). The promise from the God of the Bible Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) found at Revelation 21:3, 4 gives us the assurance that death will be no more. At John 17:3 Jesus tells us the benefit of reading and studying the Bible. He also said at John 8:32 “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free". Please visit to learn what the Bible really teaches.
    ~ A Friend