John “Buck” Thomas Connally, son of late Ruth P. Connally and late William L. Connally, was born on October 21, 1952. Following a period of illness, he departed this life on May 30th,2020, ascending to a place of eternal rest and peace.
Buck was a native of Caswell County and a resident of Alamance County for most of his life. He attended the local public schools of Caswell County and graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School in 1970 as the running back with the most rushing yards in the football program’s history while wearing number 26. Before graduating in 1975 with a B.A. in History from Winston Salem State University, Buck continued his position as running back for his college football career, wearing the number 38. He was inducted into the Winston Salem State University Hall of Fame.
As a young man, Buck joined Beulah Baptist Church, and his faith in the Lord remained strong throughout his life. His favorite scripture was Psalm 23.
During his collegiate career, Buck started working at Copeland Fabrics, becoming a Supervisor, and later sold life insurance policies. He then worked many years with the United States Postal Service as a mailman and eventual Postmaster in the Burlington area. He retired from USPS in 2014.
In his spare time, he enjoyed cooking, fishing, and competitively playing football, softball, and pool with his friends and partaking in several pool tournaments. He also coached softball and basketball teams.
John was preceded in death by his father, William L Connally, mother, Ruth P. Connally, brother, John William Connally, and brother-in-law John Otis Williams.
He is survived by: children, Leslie Katina Fuller Jacobs, John William Samuel Connally and Lauren Danielle Connally; grandchildren, Shaquille, Trae, Brae, Kayana, and Cameron; siblings, James Poteat(Cheryl), Liza Longshore(Stephen), Carol Williams, Mary Johnson(Quint), Perry Connally(Betty), Rickey Connally(Evon), Glenn Connally, and Calvin Connally(Wanda); a host of nieces and nephews, and many special friends.
His Famous Quote...“More or less”
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