Bruce Lynn Buckley

March 16,1949 – July 28, 2021


Bruce Lynn Buckley, age 72, of Southern Pines, died unexpectedly on July 28, 2021, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Born March 16, 1949, in Denver, CO, Bruce was the son of James Howard and Lois Idella McTaggart Buckley. Bruce attended Union College where he met Cheryl Tachenko. They married in 1972. Bruce went on to complete his B.S. in nursing at Winona State College. He continued his education at the Mayo Clinic where he studied anesthesia.

He practiced anesthesia in Colorado and Kansas, until moving to Moore County, North Carolina in 1992 with his family. He initially worked at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and, most recently, at the Surgery Center of Pinehurst. He was a respected anesthetist and caring, affable member of the medical community in Moore County.

Bruce enjoyed photography, reading, riding motorcycles, restoring cars, and golfing. Bruce and Cheryl traveled out west recently to see their first grandchild and spend time with family.

Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Jim Buckley, sister, Brenda (Jim) Eveland and his brother Rhett (Ronna) Buckley. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cheryl Buckley; two sons, Seth and Grant (Mary) Buckley; a granddaughter, Lacie Buckley; and his mother, Lois Pegel, brother, Kevin (Sheryl) Buckley, sister-in-law Rita Smith, and numerous nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life will be held for the immediate family at a later date.

Memorials and donations in Bruce’s name may be made to:

UNC Health Foundation, Att: UNC Lineberger, P.O. Box 1050, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or

Online condolences may be offered at

Powell Funeral Home is serving the Buckley family.

Memories Timeline


  1. We are so sorry for the loss of Bruce. My twin brother, Barry Pegel and myself lived near the Buckley family in Lincoln, NE, when we were about 4 yrs old. Bruce will be missed by all whose lives he touched! We are so grateful that we can look forward to resurrection day when we will be united in heaven for eternity! Our prayers extent to Bruce’s mother (Lois), brother Kevin and wife and many family members, friends and acquaintances his life touched!

  2. Bruce was a good friend and a fantastic colleague during the years we worked together at the Surgery Center of Pinehurst. He is sorely missed.

  3. Cheryl, and all of Bruce’s family,

    We are so very sorry to learn of Bruce’s recent death.
    Our love and prayers are with you in your sorrow.
    Your friends from years ago,

    Vi & Paul Anawaty
    North Platte, NE

  4. My condolences, prayers and love go out to Bruce’s family. Bruce was a dear friend during high school years in Ft. Collins Colorado.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of Bruce. He was always kind and down to earth with a great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.

  6. I worked with Bruce throughout my 25 year career at FirstHealth. He was always outstanding and a pleasure to work with. He will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to the family.

  7. So sorry for ur loss.I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce a couple times thru my partners family the Deming’s.He will be missed.Love and prayers coming ur way.

  8. Bruce’s passing has left a hole in my heart but I know my sense of loss is miniscule compared with what you, his family, must be feeling. Bruce was my roommate in college, the best man at our wedding and the best friend I’ve ever had.

  9. Dear Buckley Family,
    We were saddened to find out about Bruce’s sudden passing. It was a pleasure knowing and meeting him! We send our sincerest condolences to you! May he rest in piece!

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