Fallen Hero: SSG Ronald Jay Buckley (Ret)


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Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 31, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SSG Ronald Jay Buckley (Ret), age 76, who had served in the MSARNG within the 890th Engineer Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details: 


Mr. Ronald Jay Buckley, age 76, who passed from this life into the presence of GOD, Wednesday January 31, 2024 at Marion General Hospital. 

He was born September 22, 1947 in Columbia, Mississippi. Prior to spending 40 plus years in management with Georgia Pacific in Goss, Mississippi he was a member of the Mississippi National Guard 890th Engineer Battalion. He then retired to fish/hunt and spend time with his precious grandson’s while being a member of Goss Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his father Al Buckley, mother Dot Buckley and Clytie Bourn Buckley, Brothers Thomas Wells and Ben Ray Buckley, Brother In-laws Stanley Johnson and Danny Barnes. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Barnes Buckley of 54 years. Daughter Angi (Mike) Earls of Goss, Mississippi. Sister Pegi Johnson of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Grandchildren Malori Ard, Madi (Landon) Ratliff, Parker Earls, Ryder Earls, Jagger Earls. Great grandchildren Blaire and Landry Ratliff of Columbia, Mississippi and a number of nieces and nephews.