Marker Dedication Ceremony
Mrs. Virginia A. Perry Buckner
State Regent 1980-1982
Commodore John Barry Chapter
and Florida State Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
January 8, 2021
Daytona Memorial Park
A special thanks to the following Daughters of the American Revolution: Florida State Regent Kay Yarbrough, organizer of the Florida State Regent Grave Marker Project; Regent Tammy Sandberg, Commodore John Barry Chapter, Regent Jacque Davis, Sallie Harrison Chapter; Regent Dee Clark, Captain James Ormand Chapter; Regent Beth Stephenson, Sugarmill Chapter; Regent Jane Sheldon, Amy Bell Chapter; Regent Michelle Abbey, Abigail Wright Chamberlain Chapter and Regent Sharon Eller, Rufus Fairbanks Chapter.
Virginia Perry Buckner, a third generation DAR, lived in Daytona Beach nearly all her life. Born in Pontiac, Michigan on January 18, 1912, her parents Edward James and Pearl Copeman Perry started spending their winters in Daytona Beach when she was eight years of age.
On April 16, 1966 she was approved as a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Abigail Bartholomew Chapter, National Number 516264, and was Recording Secretary and Chapter Regent, later Historian, Parliamentarian and Chaplain.
At the State level she held five Chairmanships including JAC Committee, Finance, DAR School, DAR Magazine, Yorktown Bicentennial and State Bylaws Committee. Her first elective State Office was that of the Florida State Officers Club.
Mrs. Buckner served on the Public Relations Committee of Tamassee DAR School and later served two terms as a member of their Board of Trustees. A Life Member of the DAR Museum, Seimes Microfilm Center, National Officers’ Club and the State Vice-Regents’ Club where she was elected Secretary. In 1983 she was appointed to the DAR Speakers’ Staff and served on the Corridor Hostess Committee for six years. While State Vice Regent she was in charge of the Florida Tea during Congress week for two years.
Always interested in the C.A.R., Mrs. Buckner was proud of the Endowment Pin she had received. She served as Senior State Corresponding Secretary of F.S.C.A.R. and was Senior State Chairman of the Endowment Fund. She was pleasantly surprised and honored at Florida’s State meetings held during Continental Congress week, April 1981, when she was presented the C.A.R. Major Benefactor Pin and a beautiful plaque honoring her. The Florida C.A.R. raised the money and kept it a secret.
A graduate of Seabreeze High School, Daytona Beach, Mrs. Buckner first met her husband there; attended Georgia Wesleyan and Russell Sage College (Troy, N.Y.). Her husband, John M. Bucker, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is a graduate of Florida Southern College and a charter member of Daytona-Ormond S.A.R. Mrs. Buckner was a recipient of the S.A.R. Medal of Appreciation and Certificate for increasing membership in the Florida Society, the first given by the Chapter.
The Buckners were active members of the First Presbyterian Church. They had two children: a daughter, Virginia Kay, a teacher and a member of her mother’s DAR Chapter, and a son, Dr. John M. Buckner. Their three grandchildren were all active in C.A.R.
Mrs. Buckner was a charter member and served as Treasurer and President or Volusia Garden Club, where she was elected an Honorary Life Member. She served two terms as President of the Council of Garden Clubs, Halifax District and was elected a Life Member of the Palmetto Women’s Club.
She was a member of the Museum of Arts and Science, Halifax Historical Society and Parliamentary Group. A member of the Scottish-American group, she her husband visited their ancestral homes in Scotland. On their fiftieth wedding anniversary their children sent them to the British Isles where they returned to special places they’d previously visited.
Honorary State Regent Buckner was always interested in and worked for the DAR.
She died August 24, 2017 at Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Florida and is buried at Daytona Memorial Park Cemetery, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, FL.
Mrs. Buckner’s Revolutionary Ancestor is James Henderson, NY and VT.
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