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UPDATE: Benefit Planned for Departed Union Parish Sheriff

A benefit to help the family of a late Union Parish sheriff is set.

UPDATE 9:00 p.m. --  Flowers on the sheriff's office doors and his name in the Farmerville headlines remain tragic reminders of long-time Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley's death.

A special memorial benefit is trying to ensure his legacy lives on.

"We feel like this is the way to honor him for all that he's done for this parish over the last 23 years," Union Parish Sheriff, Dusty Gates, said.

The Bob Buckley Memorial Benefit, which will be at the Willie Davis Recreation Center in Farmerville on Saturday, September 28th, was originally supposed to help pay for the sheriff's medical expenses in his battle with cancer.

The sheriff lost that battle last Tuesday and now the benefit will focus on helping his family.

"What we have left over after the medical, we are going to set up in a scholarship, a Bob Buckley scholarship, that we will put specific guidelines on, that they go into law enforcement," Benefit Co-Organizer, Lynn Ramsey, said.

The benefit also hosts an auction with items like LSU and New Orleans Saints football tickets, items organizers said have been flying in from across the ArkLaMiss.

"Their first question was 'We love Bob. What can we do?'" Ramsey said.
   
"He is well-known throughout the state and throughout this whole nation," said Gates. "He is talked about everywhere."

Folks in Farmerville hope the impact Buckley made on others will keep his memory going for years to come.

"I just hope that people will always remember him," Gates said. "Although he may be gone, he will always be the sheriff of Union Parish."


FARMERVILLE -- A benefit for the legacy of the late Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley is set for Saturday, September 28th at the Willie Davis Recreation Center in Farmerville.

Organizers of the benefit tell KTVE/KARD the benefit was originally planned to help raise funds to pay for Buckley's medical expenses. Since Buckley lost his battle with colon cancer last Tuesday, the organizers said the benefit will now be done to help Buckley's family pay off the medical bills from his treatment and set up a scholarship in the sheriff's name.

The benefit will host food, live bands and both a silent and live auction of big itmes like:

1) 2 tickets to a New Orleans Saints game in a suite

2) ULM helmet

3) ULM football signed by the team

4) 2 signed pictures from the cast of Duck Dynasty

5) LSU signed football

6) 4 tickets to LSU game with 2 nights at L'auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge

Along with many more items.

Kids activities are also planned with a rock climbing wall and a jumper.

The benefit kicks off at 10 a.m. at the center next Saturday.

KTVE/KARD will have a full report on the benefit tonight after the football game on KTVE 10 News Late Edition.

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