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“Colonel Buckalew was a Captain with the West Virginia State Police and Commandant when I went through the academy. He was one of the most...Read More »
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“Jack was truly a fine man. I was honored to know him.He will be missed. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Jeff Bailey - St.Albans, WV

“Jack, we will miss you. You defined the essence of true professionalism in your work and in the legislature. You are remembered for your personal...Read More »
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“I first met Senator Buckalew in 1964 long before he was a senator. My Dad and he were friends. Dad took me to the Academy. Senator Buckalew, as a...Read More »
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5 of 9 | Posted by: Jack Bernheimer - Vienna, WV

“I've known Jack for many years, and have always held him in the highest regard. He was a friend and a political peer of the highest integrity. Most...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Betty Ireland

“JR was my training officer in 1963 at the Academy. He was rough on us but fair. I feel that he was a complete gentleman. I think he is one of the...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Robert L. Duff - Poca, DC

“Forever in our hearts. We love and miss you. Will see you again in Heaven Senator. God bless your family. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Richard (Ret Lt Charleston Police and Diana McGinnis - WV

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Former WV State Senator, WV State Police Superintendent, Chief of Police of Charleston Police Department and WV department of Administration Cabinet Secretary Jackie Ray "Jack" Buckalew entered Heaven's Gates Thursday March 3, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida. He was a 4 year veteran of the United States Navy having honorably served his country during the Korean War aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet of the 7th fleet. He was a member of South Charleston Masonic Lodge #168 AF & AM, Charleston Scottish Rite Bodies, York Rite Bodies, Beni Kedem Shrine, Flying Fezzes, Royal Order of Jesters Court #111 and was a Kentucky Colonel. He assisted in transporting ill children to Shriners Children's Hospital. He served on the Board of Director of the Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries. The Senator was appointed to the Ethics Commission by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. He was a graduate of Ripley High School Class of 1950 and received his BS in Criminal Justice from Morris Harvey College (UC) and his MS in Safety Education from Marshall University. Senator Buckalew established the 911 Metro Call Center as well as Safety City. He taught at Northwestern University in Illinois and Marshall University. He traveled to Saudi Arabia in assisting them in establishing a law enforcement training academy. Through his efforts funding was achieved which resulted in the building of the WV State Police Academy and firing range in Institute, WV. Throughout his life he was dedicated to the men and women in law enforcement.
He was predeceased by his wife Eula and siblings Loci, Floyd, Marshall, Harry, Inez and great grandson Joshua Kenneth Hackworth. Born in Charleston on November 11, 1932, he was the last sibling of Floyd and Dorothy Buckalew.
Left to mourn his passing are sons Robert and wife Kelley Buckalew, Ken Buckalew, grandson Robert Marshall Buckalew. Granddaughters, Beth & Ken Hackworth, Laura Wilson and fianc'e John Garten, LaRayne & Travis Newhouse. Great grandchildren Ty and Chase Newhouse. Longtime friends Bob & Pat Stanley, Companion Ruth Bernstein, as well as a host of countless friends.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday March 12 2016 at Emmanuel Baptist Church 1401 Washington St. W. Charleston, WV with WV State Police Chaplain Jim Mitchell officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 2:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday also at the church. "Those who are attending the visitation and services please use the 7th Avenue entrance to the church."
Entombment will follow at Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico, WV with State Police Honors and Masonic Graveside Rites.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Beni Kedem Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 2589, Charleston, WV 25329.
Special thanks to the WV State Police, Charleston Police and Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home.
The family will accept online condolences at: cpjfuneralhome.com
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Buckalew Family.