By Special to the Daily World
Eleazer Buckins was warmly remembered by friends and family at a Celebration of Life Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m., at Murray Brothers Chapel in Southwest Atlanta. The Rev. Theodore Benson Jr. presided, gave prayer and read Scripture. His mother, the Rev. Dr. Juel Pate Borders Benson, gave the eulogy.
Buckins, born July 12, 1920, in McDonough, Ga., was known for his longtime ownership and management of the Sanabella Restaurant Club for over 35 years, finally retiring in 1988. He was a devoted and dedicated leader of his club and transformed it into one of the most well-known eateries in Atlanta.
He wed Constance R. Thrash on June 25, 1945, in Atlanta, and they remained devoted and loyal to one another for 66 years. To this union one child was born, Constance B. McGuire. A loving and dependable husband and father, and a strong man of faith, as he was remembered in the eulogy, Buckins was a member of Wheat Street Baptist Church for over 50 years until his extended illness prevented him from attending. He also was a retired World War II Veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Constance Buckins; daughter, Constance Buckins-McGuire (Truman); a granddaughter Krystle Metayer (Renold); a great granddaughter Amiah Krystian Metayer; sister Mrs. Vinnie Buckins-Simmons (James); sister-in-law Antoinette Woolfolk, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Special remarks were made by his granddaughter, Mrs. Krystle Metayer, with active pallbearers, Robert Johnson Jr., Renold Metayer, Charles Prejean Jr., Russell Woolfolk, Ralph Woolfolk III, Ralph Woolfolk IV, and Robert Woolfolk. Retired Judge Howard Johnson Jr., a nephew in-law, was among honorary pallbearers.
Special thanks were extended the VA Center staff and the staff of Bonterra Nursing Home. Buckins was laid to rest at Westview Cemetery following the funeral.