William Buck, of Columbus, GA, was born at the family home on Talbotton Road, a stucco house located behind the Buck Grocery Company. He was the fifth of seven children born to Thomas Bryant Buck, Sr. & Helen Merimeth Dodd Buck.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Brownie Buck Elliott, Helen Buck Bergquist, Jean Buck Wilson and his brothers Thomas Bryant Buck, Jr. and Harold Dodd Buck.
Funeral services are scheduled at First Baptist Church, Columbus on Monday, May 11, 2015, 11 a.m. with Reverend (Dr.) James Elder officiating according to Striffler-Hamby, Columbus. Interment will be in Riverdale Cemetery prior to the service on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. Visitation and reception will follow after the service at the church. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Erie Sue Bloodworth Buck, his sons, William Calmese Buck, Jr. (Louann Clements Buck) and John Bloodworth Buck, his grandchildren, Victoria Whitley Buck and William Calmes Buck III, and his sister Jane Buck.
William attended Wynnton School, Columbus High School, the Chase Conservatory of Music, The Citadel, Sewanee and Georgia Tech. A veteran of World War II he was an infantryman in the 104th Infantry Division (Timberwolves) and served in the European Theater of Operations seeing combat in France, the Netherlands and in Germany.
William enjoyed flying from his teens until his sixties. As a pilot, he took his family to places as far as Canada, Colorado and the Bahamas. He also flew a mission trip to Belize.
Most people will remember William’s love of photography. He was rarely seen without his camera for most of his life.
He enjoyed history and had an especially vivid memory of local people and places.
A second generation iceman, he was president of Buck Ice & Coal Co. He was a past president of the Georgia Ice Manufacturers Association and past secretary-treasurer and Hall of Fame member of the Southern Ice Exchange. He also was a past president of the Columbus Jaycees. At the time of his death, he was the longest serving active member of Rotary Club 200 in Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Baptist Church of Columbus, the Stewart Community Home, Historic Westville, the Georgia Tech Foundation, The Citadel Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
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