Published 11:42 am Tuesday, January 10, 2023
On Jan. 8, 2023, at 80 years of age, Buck passed away peacefully at his home after a three-year illness following a severe stroke. He was born on Dec. 10, 1942 in Meridian, Miss., to the late Yancie Hubert Moseley, Sr. and Ruby Earle Weeks Moseley. Buck grew up in Hattiesburg, Miss., then moved to Kentwood, La. and was a 1961 graduate of Kentwood High School. He attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., then the Ray Martin School of Jewelry and Fabrications and Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Buck and his wife Linda owned and operated Moseley’s Franklinton Jewelers for 56 years before retiring in 2019. He was an amazing artist and craftsman. His professional greatest love was creating beautiful pieces of jewelry, repairing Rolex watches and antique pocket watches. Buck was always very civic minded. In his Kentwood days, he was the youngest Rotary Club President ever at 26 years old and enjoyed coaching little league baseball. Buck loved the Washington Parish Free Fair and enjoyed entertaining his family, friends and employees during that week. He was very involved in the Magic City Carnival Association (MCCA). Buck was an active member in the early years of MCCA and served as Duke in 1994 and later King MCCA XXI in 2001. He was a longtime member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Linda Key Moseley; three children and spouses: Angel Moseley Simmons (Kim Morris) of Franklinton, Yancie “Bubba” Moseley, III of Mandeville, Becky Moseley Thomas (Dean Thomas) of Franklinton; eight grandchildren and spouses: Adam Simmons, Tucker Simmons (Aleks Drogobetski), Allison Moseley Hillman (Shane), Linden Moseley Shane (Jason), Matthew Key Moseley (Avana) Austin Varnado (Tina), Tyler Varnado (Presleigh), Whitney Varnado Hurst (Billy); 11 great-grandchildren: Luke Simmons and an expected baby Simmons due in August, Samson and Olivia Hillman, Ryan and Benn Shane, Amelia Moseley, Devyn Thomas, Keyton and Ethyn Varnado, Ella Kate and Tripp Hurst; great-great-granddaughter: Amarly Thomas; special friends and caregivers: Eddie and Brenda Newsom.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Jamie Moseley Varnado, father in law and mother in law Tucker Key and Anita Adams Key.
The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to Southeast Home Health and Passages Hospice for the support.
Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton) on Friday Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow in Ellis Cemetery.
Pallbearers are grandsons Austin Varnado, Tyler Varnado, Adam Simmons, Tucker Simmons, Matthew Moseley and special longtime friend John R. Passman, who provided loving care and support to Buck and the family.
Honorary Pallbearers are Don Spiers, Don Varnado, Jerry Bickham and all the Kings of MCCA
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