Obituary for Charles Stowell Buckner Jr.
Charles Stowell Buckner, Jr., 74, of North Little Rock passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014. Charles was born May 10, 1939 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the late Charles Stowell Buckner and Margaret Ann Leftwich Buckner. He was raised in Hazen, Arkansas and graduated in 1958 from Hazen High School. Attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was an active student of the ROTC program and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Graduated in January 1963 with a bachelor of science in Business Administration (BSBA). Right out of college was commissioned as a second Lieutenant into the U.S. Army and sent to Fort Hood, Texas. On September 1, 1963 married Zane Lucretia Vickers, of Stuttgart, Arkansas and onSeptember 19, he departed to Baumholder, Germany for duty as an artillery officer, for three years tour of duty, Zane arrived in November when transportation was available, courtesy of the U.S. Army on the USNS Patch, at Bremerhaven, Germany. Oh so “Happy Days” ahead, lots and lots of treasured memories and fun times!!! Returned state side in July 1966 and off to Fort Riley, Kansas in preparation of duty in South Vietnam. Fortunate to return home June 1967 and released from active duty with the rank of Captain, received the Bronze Star W/V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal W/three Oak Leaf Clusters. Joined his dad in the family owned concrete business, East Arkansas Materials Co., in Hazen, Arkansas. The thrill and joy of the arrival number one son, Charles Stowell Buckner, III (Trey) June 12, 1967!!! Three years later, May 14, 1970 the arrival and thrill and joy of number 1 daughter, Brandy Zavin Buckner!!! Great blessings, one of each, just perfect, Hallelujah!!! During the ten years there, Charles active in Jaycee’s, raising a family, member of Hazen Methodist Church, served as chairman of the board, driving back and forth attending various Real Estates schools and courses on weekends. Then the move to North Little Rock, “Had become a Real Estate Agent and established Buckner Appraisal Group, July 1977.” After the children graduated from NLR Northeast Campus and on to College, they both joined Charles as Real Estate Appraisers. Charles and Zane enjoyed many wonderful trips to Europe, Canada and Alaska with dear friends from First United Methodist Travel Group, wonderful and treasured memories and times.
Charles always looked forward to the duck hunting and fishing outings he shared with his father-in-law, Ralph Franklin Vickers, brother-in-law, Max Vickers, brother, Joel Buckner and son, Trey. Enjoyed being a member of NLR Rotary Club and knowing him you knew, how avid and loyal Arkansas Razorback and Dallas Cowboy fan he was, to say the least, “Hog Wild and Pig Crazy”!!! In defining his character, clearly unique, fun loving, Jovial “Hoot”, a master of “one liners” and very knowledgeable on his most favorite subjects!!! So very thankful and grateful to have been blessed with the 50 years we shared, thanks be to God!!! Charles is survived by wife, Zane; son, Trey and wife, Pam of White Hall; daughter, Brandy and her husband, Gary Hethcox of Burlington, Vermont; brother, Joel Kenneth Buckner and sister-in-law, Debra, of North Little Rock; two granddaughters, Emma Margaret and Ruth Ann Buckner; grandson, James Kenneth Buckner of White Hall; mother-in-law, Tennie Mildred Tarkington Vickers of Stuttgart; brother-in-law, Max Franklin Vickers and sister-in-law, Elise of Hazen; sister-in-law, Tanya Lenay Vickers Hiryak of Stuttgart; three nephews; four nieces; one step granddaughter; three step grandsons; five Buckner cousins; and eight Leftwich cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St. from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., May 5, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock, 6701 John F. Kennedy Blvd at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Interment will follow at Lone Tree Cemetery, 1200 Highway 79 B, Stuttgart, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be Frankie Chudy, Gary Gammill, Jim Wyatt and cousins, Kenneth Buckner, Jim Buckner and Bill Buckner.
The family requests memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, donations to Veterans Administration Hospital, Ward 1D, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, Bldg. 65, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114, American Diabetes Association, 320 Executive Ct. Ste. 104, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or American Red Cross, 401 South Monroe St., Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.
The family wants to thank each and every one of the VA Staff of Ward 1D for their wonderful care and compassion for Charles’ one year stay. Truly a peace of mind for us, knowing he was loved and honored in all of your endeavors of his health and wellbeing! Please, just remember how much we appreciate how tenderly you cared for him and ask that God blesses each of you as you have been such a blessing to us, Thank You!!! All our love, Buckner Family.
Online obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Just a reminder about the upcoming alumni tailgate
that will be held at the chapter house on April 26th from
2-5pm. There is a lot going on in Fayetteville that
Saturday and we hope to be part of your plans. Stop by, hang out at the
house and cheer on the Hogs.
LXA Parent's Club to Host an Auction at the Chapter House on Dad's Day
October 18, 2013. Auction will be held on Dad's Day, November 2, 2013.
The money raised will be used by the Parent's Club to underwrite Mom's Day in the spring, support activities like exam snacks and Christmas decorations, but primarily be used to help purchase items needed for the house. This year the Parent's Club purchased two portable a/c units for rush and parties, 54 new chapter chairs, and fabric to update sound boards in Chapter Room. In the past, similar items have been purchased, composites reframed, and general items to benefit the entire house.
If you have an auction item/service that you would like to donate to this cause, please contact Karen Klane, Dad's Day Chair at email@example.com
Some sample items include but aren't limited to the following:
- A weekend cabin or lake house.
- Hunting trip.
- Flat screen TV.
- Clothes - Southern Tide and/or Vineyard Vines.
- Xbox Games.
- U of A Logo/Hogs clothing and tailgate items.
- Tickets to any sporting event.
- Gift Cards - Gas and restaurants are always good.
- Yeti Cooler.
The Parent's Club is also selling Nike Dri-Fit Polos with LXA/Razorback logos and a cool LXA/UAR hat! Click on the links below to order or get more information.
ACT NOW! Orders must be made by Sunday, October 20th!
Annual Alumni Meeting at A&M Game is a Big Success
October 3, 2013. From Casey Simon, New President of the Alumni Association; Chuck Banks, Past President and I would like to thank all the alumni, actives, spouses and dates that attended our alumni function on Friday September 27th at the Chancellor Hotel. We had approximately 80 alumni and actives in attendance. It was nice to be able to meet chapter officers and catch up with alumni from around the state. We plan on doing this again next year at the first SEC home game making this an annual event with the alumni, chapter and dates. We hope to see you there next year!
I would like to thank Chuck Banks and the alumni board for all the outstanding work that has taken place over the past 15 years. Thanks really doesn't cover all the hours of dedicated service spent serving the alumni and Gamma Chi chapter.
With the support of dedicated alumni, I can't wait to see what the next 15 years will bring on this magic carpet ride!
We signed 40 outstanding young men during formal rush. Click here for a list of new Associate Members and their hometowns.
Annual Alumni Meeting Set for Friday of the A & M Weekend
September 24, 2013. JUST A REMINDER - The annual Arkansas Lambda Chi Alumni gathering has been set for the weekend of the Texas A&M football game (9/27/2013.) In addition to re-connecting with your Brothers and old friends, this will be an opportunity to meet and greet the new LXA Associates & the Chapter Officers for the new school year.
We hope all will plan to attend. Spouses and dates are welcome. The Alumni Association and the Chapter are sponsoring the event and there will be no charge to the participants. Good hors d'oeuvres and beer & wine will be served. Here are the details of the event.
Date & Time: Friday Night, 9/27/13 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Place: Chancellor Hotel - 70 NE Ave, Fayetteville (just off the square)
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing the Alumni Association.
We hope to see you at the Alumni Gathering on 9/27!
Lambda Chi Rush Golf Tournament - Alumni Encouraged to Play
July 3, 2013. The U of A chapter is hosting a Lambda Chi Rush Golf Tournament On Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Stonelinks Golf Course in Little Rock. The 4 man scramble will tee off with a shotgun start at 2:00 pm. We will have the course to ourselves. Several alumni have already sign up to play and we are encouraging all golfing alumni to participate and help with our rush effort.
You can sign up as a team of 4 or sign up as an individual and we will put you in a foursome. The cost to participate is $50 per person. This covers 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and will also help to sponsor a prospective new Lambda Chi member as well.
If you would like to participate in the tournament or need additional information; click here or text or call, Luke Crenshaw at (479) 426-6073
It's Time to Renew Your Membership
Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association, Business Meeting
August 26, 2012 - Click here to view minutes of the 8/23/2012 Alumni Association Business Meeting.
It's Time to Renew Your Membership
September 19, 2012 -If you have already renewed, thank you for your renewing your membership dues for school year 2012-2013. This is one of our biggest renewal years yet.
Dues are $50 for the school year and you can pay on this website with a credit card or mail to the address below:
Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association
P.O. Box 251310
Little Rock, AR 72225-1310
Alumni Association dues for the 2012 - 2013 year are now due. They are $50 and can be paid online, click here to pay your dues online.
August 23, 2012 - There will be an Arkansas Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association Business Meeting on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The Location will be the Arkansas Bar Center; 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202. (Off Riverfront Drive near the river)
All Gammas Chi Zeta Alumni are welcome. Click here to download a copy of the meeting agenda.
August 1, 2012. David Allen Greenway, 53, of Little Rock, passed away Aug. 1, 2012. Born in Paragould to Curtis B. and Lola Mae Williams Greenway, he was a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. (read more)
House Restoration Fundaising Enters the Second Phase
June 16, 2012. Fundraising for the house restoration has entered the second phase. New contacts with Alumni are now being made by the Fund Raising Committee along with Charlotte Taylor, the new liaison for fund raising for the University of Arkansas. Charlotte replaces John Tolleson. Charlotte is impressive, very motivated, and will greatly expand, the U of A’s contribution to our fund raising efforts. (read more)
May 15, 2012. At the Order of Omega, (the Greek award banquet) this spring, Lambda Chi Alpha won the Academic Award for best fraternity cumulative GPA for the spring of 2011 as well as the fall of 2012! The annual Pledge Queen Pageant was held in April. Congratulations to Mary-Kate Hartley of Kappa Kappa Gamma who won the 2012 Pledge Queen Pageant. (read more)
Fundraising for the House Restoration Reaches $1,122,500.
February 12, 2012. The fundraising for the Gamma Chi House Restoration project continues to move forward. As of this date, we have a total of $1,122,500 donated or pledged. This amount is before the matching gift from the Walton Foundation. (read more)
Gamma Chi Has Highest GPA of All Fraternities for Fall Semester
Greek life has released the scholastic rankings for the University's fraternities and sororities. Once again, Lambda Chi Alpha has the highest GPA of all of the fraternities with a 3.17. Forty-four Associate Members will be going through Initiation Week to become full Members.
December 7, 2011. More great news! We have now reached our million dollar mark (before the matching contribution from the Walton Foundation) of pledges and contributions to the house restoration campaign. This was completed by a generous $150,000 gift from Robert A. Young III of Ft. Smith.
Robert A. Young, Jr., as most of you know, was a prominent Lambda Chi and an even more prominent businessman in Fort Smith. Mr. Young was the founder and CEO of Arkansas Best Freight which became a multi-million dollar Arkansas trucking company. The dining hall will be named in his memory.
We are grateful to the family. We expect to have some other wonderful news after the first of the year about another family contribution from another generous a Lambda Chi alum. (Read More)
Fundraising for the House Restoration Reaches $870,000.
November 27, 2011. The fundraising for the Gamma Chi House Restoration project continues to move forward. As of this date, we have a total of $870,00 donated or pledged. This amount is before the matching gift from the Walton Foundation. (read more)
Chapter News for November
At Homecoming, the men of Gamma Chi Zeta, won the overall competition. Also in November, Dad's Day celebration was held and A new High Zeta was elected. (read more)
Welcome Reception for New House Director and Alumni Tailgate Day this Saturday Before the Game
October 31, 2011. On Homecoming Saturday, November 5th, the Chapter will be hosting a tailgate party and a reception for our new House Director/Housemother - Carol J. Ramsey. The tailgate party will be held on the front lawn of the house, (inside the house if the weather is inclement.)
In addition, exciting news will be shared regarding the status of the capital campaign for the restoration of our chapter house. At 3:30 there will be a sneak preview of the complete exhibit of the architect plans. All alumni, spouses and family are encouraged and welcome! Remarks will be brief. Questions and answers will be encouraged. This is not a formal fund raising event but your consideration of support will be greatly appreciated.
Come by and reconnect with old friends and meet the active chapter members!
On Homecoming Saturday, November 5th, the Chapter will be hosting a tailgate party and a reception for our new House Director/Housemother - Carol J. Ramsey. The tailgate party will be held on the front lawn of the house, (inside the house if the weather is inclement.)In addition, exciting news will be shared regarding the status of the capital campaign for the restoration of our chapter house. At 3:30 there will be a sneak preview of the complete exhibit of the architect plans. All alumni, spouses and family are encouraged and welcome! Remarks will be brief. Questions and answers will be encouraged. This is not a formal fund raising event but your consideration of support will be greatly appreciated. Come by and reconnect with old friends and meet the active chapter members!
July 7, 2011. Fundraising for the house restoration has reached 54 gifts totalling $738,500. This is before the matching gift from the Walton Foundation. (more)
Dillard’s, Inc. Makes $100,000 Gift
June 27, 2011. Dillard's, Inc. has made a $100,000 gift to the house restoration fund. The gift will name the main level lounge in memory of William T. Dillard. (more)
Chapter Again Wins Chancellor's Award of Academic Excellence with a 3.18 GPA.
With this achievement, Gamma Chi Zeta maintains it's ranking as having the highest GPA among campus fraternities. (more)
April Social Events at the Chapter
Lambda Chi Alpha’s White Rose Formal took place on Saturday, April 16th (more)
Row Week was April 7th through 9th. (more)
Lambda Chi Alpha Voted Best Fraternity on Campus
Arkansas Traveler, March 2, 2011. Each fraternity or sorority contributes to both the social life of the entire campus and to the welfare of the community by heavily involving themselves in philanthropy projects.
One fraternity is especially involved in both aspects of Greek life, earning them the title of Best Fraternity on Campus this year. (More)
Fundraising for the House Restoration Reaches $619,350.
May 4, 2011. The fundraising for the Gamma Chi House Restoration project continues to move forward. As of this date, we have a total of $619,350 donated or pledged. This amount is before the matching gift from the Walton Foundation. The Walton Foundation match pushes us over $1 million in donations and pledges. Click here to view a table showing the number of gifts by amount and an alphabetical list of donors as of that date.
Gamma Chi Zeta has the Highest GPA of all Fraternities for Fall Semester
January 29, 2011. The Arkansas Chapter had a Fall GPA of 3.229. This was the highest GPA in the Interfraternity Council and was the 5th highest of all of Greeks (sororities and fraternities combined.) The Alumni Association is extremely proud of this GPA and the other accomplishments of the Arkansas Chapter.
Forty-Five Associate Members to be Initiated
January 29, 2011. I-Week started this past Saturday, January 22nd. There are 45 Associate Members, who are eligible for initiation, going through I-Week.
Fall Associate Member Class Numbers 51
September 19, 2010. Gamma Chi Zeta took an outstanding Fall Associate Member class of 51 this year. This brings our total number of members/associate members to 175, becoming the largest and strongest we have ever been at the University of Arkansas. Fifteen of the fifty-one new members are legacies. Click here to see their names and home towns.
Join us for Sunday Brunch at the Lambda Chi House
All Alums and spouses are invited each Sunday for "Brunch at the House", beginning at 11:00 AM.
James will be serving up something special each Sunday and it's a great time to finish your weekend by visiting with brothers - Alums and Actives, and enjoy a great meal - made to order breakfast and/or dinner items. It's always special.
Bring your wife and kids.
The House Restoration
September 2010. Greenwood, Arkansas natives, Stanhope and Ed Wilkinson, have made a $150,000 pledge to the Lambda Chi Alpha restoration project. Stanhope and Ed, as well as their father (deceased,) were all Gamma Chi graduates from the University of Arkansas. This exemplary generosity is indicative of the "share the blessings with others" philosophy that the Wilkinson family has enjoyed for over 100 years.
The Wilkinson family has been leaders of Sebastian county, successful bankers, and public servants. Both Ed currently and his father previously served in the Arkansas General Assembly. Ed is a state senator and chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Alumni Association - Now Pay Annual Dues On-Line
August 2010. Gamma Chi Members can now join the Alumni Association and pay their annual dues on-line. Dues, for existing Alumni Association Members, are due now and can also be paid on-line. Click here to join the Alumni Association and or pay dues on-line.
July 2010. Gamma Chi Zeta wins five awards, including the Lewis A. Plourd Fraternity Education Award, at this summer's 2010 Lambda Chi Alpha General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona. (read more)
Spring 2010. Gamma Chi Zeta had the highest GPA of all fraternities with a 3.32. Nineteen (19) brothers had 4.0 GPA's. (read more)
Spring 2010. Brother Geoffrey Storm of Tulsa, OK was awarded the Outstanding Junior Award, at the annual Order of Omega Award Ceremony at the Fayetteville Town Center. (read more)
The House Restoration
May 25, 2010. We've had an exciting response to our last email newsletter. Thanks to all of you who responded and the many alumni who downloaded the capital campaign information. In addition, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees have allocated a line item budget entry to provide financial insurance to our house restoration project. (more)Brother Geoffrey Storm of Tulsa, OK was awarded the Outstanding Junior Award, at the annual Order of Omega Award Ceremony at the Fayetteville Town Center. ()
May 9, 2010. If you donate to the house restoration, you may be able to have a room or part of the house named for you or a person of your choice. If you would like more information, download the information packet by clicking here. If you would like to discuss a possible donation, call John Tolleson, Director of Development, University of Arkansas at (479) 575-7004 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 17, 2010. The Walton Family Foundation will match your gift to the Lambda Chi Alpha house renovation project, so every dollar you give has twice the impact on the future of your fraternity. Because of the foundation, of which brothers Rob and Jim Walton are directors, the $4 million total fundraising goal is attainable. Their generous commitment combined with a strong sense of brotherhood from Lambda Chi Alpha alumni, parents and friends will ensure the success of the project. (more)
April 17, 2010. The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas advanced 3 projects at UA, including the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity House at 120 N. Stadium Drive. Renovation and expansion of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity building is expected to cost about $6.1 million. Kinco Constructors LLC of Springdale was selected as the contractor. (more)
February 4, 2010. A meeting was held with the Facilities Management team at the University of Arkansas. The committee received presentations from the six (6) shortlisted general contractors/construction managers and voted two of this list to be sent to the Board of Trustees for their approval.
The goal is to get preliminary drawings and pricing moving along as quickly as fund raising will allow. Ultimately, if things move as expected, construction will begin this December.
November 16, 2009. The architecture firm of Yeary Lindsey was approved by the University as the final applicant for a potential contract of architectural services for the house restoration project. The principals of the firm, Jim and Ellen Yeary are well known in the Arkansas building community. Their work in Little Rock is highly thought of and is a combination of classic revival and traditional home restoration which serves well for a fraternity house.
Their presentation to our building committee was excellent, especially the completely thorough walk-through review that they made of our house. They were the architects for the Phi Delta Theta restoration and did a great job. They are well aware of budget restraints, the fund raising component of our efforts, and the University's requirement of first rate work.
Also, you will be pleased to know that the U of A Board of Trustees has made a budget allocation for the LXA house restoration. It’s not a legal commitment, as we still have to raise funds; but they are optimistic and expect us (all LXAs) to meet our projected goals of the entire project. (more)
May 19, 2010. Two teams from the University of Arkansas shared top honors in the Undergraduate tracks at the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Award competition held May 19th at Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. Team Arkansas Auto-Fluff, including Lambda Chi's; Mason Miller, Greg Savage, Alex Spinks, (and a Pi Phi) took home $25,000 in cash prizes for their first-place finish. (more)
April 6, 2010. A Message From the President of Gamma Chi Zeta - David Koehler - "It is exciting that we are able to restore the current house rather than build a new facility. It's important that we hold on to the memories created here, and to maintain the feel of the house that is so special to us all." (more)
March 3, 2010. The 41st Annual Lambda Chi Alpha Pledge Queen Pageant was held in the Union Ballroom at the University of Arkansas. All funds raised by the pageant were donated to the Jackson L. Graves Foundation. (more)
March 1, 2010. Active Members at Gamma Chi Zeta have shown their academic prowness by accumulating an impressive number of scholarships. Between all members of the chapter they have earned 88 scholarships in total for the spring semester. (more)
January 23, 2010. The Fayetteville chapter successfully initiated 36 new brothers to the Gamma Chi chapter. With the initiation of this class, the total initiates into Gamma Zeta totals 2,195. (more)
January 7, 2010. Our active Lambda Chi brothers in Fayetteville should be proud of their scholarship as they earned a 3.059 GPA for the Fall 2009 semester. This was the highest GPA of all men's fraternities. Lambda Chi Alpha finished ahead of SAE and Farmhouse, who tied for second with a 3.044. In addition, LXA had the 10th highest GPA out of 28 Greek organizations and we were well above the All-Fraternity average of 2.912. (more)
Have a question for the High Rho (Alumni Chairman) at the chapter? Want to recommend a young man for consideration as a member? Contact Sam Boomer, High Rho, at email@example.com.
The House phone at 120 Stadium Drive is (479) 442-9566.