Harold Buckalew, age 80, born in Miami, FL and a resident of Bay Minette, AL died August 27, 2019 in Ocean Springs, MS, He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars specializing in security detail. He was Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge. Harold retired from his own business he ran with his wife Joyce in 1981, Mary Ester Electronics. After retirement, he became a consultant for a government contracting agency.
Always wanting to improve himself, Harold took courses in paralegal, electronics, medical transcriptionist, and a five year Bible course. He was also an avid entrepreneur with patents on two inventions. One of his inventions was used in Europe for traffic control. Harold loved fishing, boating, gardening and photography. He received great joy when he was able to help others and was always looking out for his family, friends and neighbors.
The last two years of his life, Harold became “The Peanut Man”, with his business as Harold’s Peanuts. This became a source of great joy for Harold because it gave him the opportunity to meet people from all across the country. Harold will be missed by so many people, but we will always remember his ready smile, his love of telling stories, and his love for his wife, family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Joyce D. Buckalew; daughter, Tanya (Sebron) Nelson; stepson, Dale (Meredith) Roberts; stepdaughter, Felicia (Michael) Alanis; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sisters, Mitzie Stearns and Ruth McKeown; brothers, Donald (Becky) Buckalew, Larry (Cathy) King, Dallas (Brenda) King and Dennis (Jane) King and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, W.D. Buckalew; stepmother, Serena Hatcher Buckalew; his mother, Blanche King; stepfather, J.D. King; brothers, Douglas King, Daryl King, Richard Buckalew, Raymond Buckalew, Johnny Buckalew and Curtis Buckalew and sisters, Linda Buckalew Bedwell and Elizabeth Buckalew.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, September 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Chip Starnes officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday, September 20, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. service at First Baptist Church.