Gail Kelly Buckner Rone (84), Knoxville, TN, peacefully entered her eternal home on April 23, 2021. Gail was of the Catholic faith, and was an avid reader and golfer. She spent many years as an Activity Director in long term care; taught related courses in community colleges; and served as Executive Director for NAAP (National Association of Activity Professionals). Gail operated her own consulting business, wherein she was recognized nationally for serving on various committees and lobbying for stricter rules and regulations that would ensure a better quality of life for long term care residents. In her later years, Gail reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Wendell. They married and she relocated to Kansas. Upon his death she returned to Knoxville to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Preceded in death by husband Wendall Rone, son Steve Buckner, sister Brenda Nichols, and mother Virginia Thompson Smith, and father Frank Emitte Smith.
Survived by sons Mike Buckner (Kellie), John Buckner (Jennifer), and Doug Buckner; granddaughters Jenna Buckner, Joli Buckner, and Jordan Catchot all of Knoxville, TN; brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Anne Smith of Georgetown, TX; beloved cousin Donna Schank; numerous adored cousins, nieces, and nephews; step-sons Kurt, Chris, and Brent Rone and their families, and special grandson Jack Rone, all of Kansas City, KS.
The family will have a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Young Williams Animal Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Rone family and invites you to view and sign the online registry.