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Christopher “Bucky” Clemmons

Posted By Jessica Twiford On January 17, 2022 @ 2:24 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 18 Comments

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Christopher “Bucky” Matthew Clemmons, 53, of Kill Devil Hills, NC left us suddenly on January 6, 2022 and our worlds will never be the same.

He is survived by his fiancé, whom he loved dearly, Christie Archibald of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Mother and Father-in-Law to be, Nancy and Steve Archibald of Kill Devil Hills, NC, and his sister Randi Welch and nephews Dale Welch, Zachary Welch, and Michael Welch of Bradenton, FL. Bucky was predeceased by his father and mother Randy and Bobbie Clemmons. Also, left to mourn his loss are a legion of friends including Billy Burley, Kirk Kellett, Steve Messineo, Matt Snyder, Hannah Williams Dunavant, and Grey Persons.

Bucky was born in Norfolk, VA on August 28, 1968. His early life was spent in Hampton, VA, and then in Virginia Beach where he attended Frank W. Cox High School. Bucky left Virginia Beach in 1987 and spent time living on the Outer Banks, California, and Puerto Rico where he lived his best life bodyboarding and making friends. He returned to the East Coast in the early ’90s and settled on the Outer Banks.

Bucky loved the ocean and bodyboarding. He was an amazing rock and roll musician (guitarist) and an artist who lived every day on his own terms. He was a genuine and absolutely authentic person. There is no one else on the planet like him. With Buc, what you saw was what you got, and what you got was love and some of the best times of your life. His fascination and love for sharks started as a child after watching the movie Jaws. He would spend hours talking about the weather, guitars, and anything music related.

Buc loved people and he made everyone feel special. He had a way of adopting families and loved pitching in during a cookout. He was very easy to be around and never complained. He was a Force For Fun. We should all strive to be more like Buc.

Bucky loved Rock and Roll and will be remembered always, by everyone who was lucky enough to see him play with his band Fujiwara and his brothers, in music and life, Billy Burley and Kirk “Skillet” Kellett.

He and his fiancé Christie shared many wonderful years together and had recently moved into their dream home. They loved dancing around the living room to their song “Never Tear Us Apart” (INXS), cooking spicy meals together, and making plans for their future. Our hearts are with Christie.

Bucky will be dearly missed by so many on the Outer Banks and in Virginia Beach. We will think of him often.

A memorial service is planned for later this year.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.


Twiford Funeral Home (Outer Banks)

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Condolence from Aaron j aaron on January 17th, 2022 4:10 pm

Buck your on the endless wave now .Rip My Brother.

Condolence from Phillip Strange and family on January 17th, 2022 4:21 pm

Your spirit will always be with our family. Loved the times you would come by and help with the kids. Loved rocking out with you. Love you so much.

Condolence from Sterling Webster on January 17th, 2022 4:46 pm

A true character and loving soul. I greatly miss him already. I will always love him as my brother. Thank you for writing this, you captured his life well.

Condolence from Morgan Liverman on January 17th, 2022 6:12 pm

We miss him dearly. He always knew how to put a smile on our faces every time we saw him. Whether it was at a show watching him play or passing in the streets it was always something special. Christie our hearts are with you and will continue to pray for you and his family. Thank you for writing about his life it described him perfectly. See you on the other side my friend.

Morgan & Josh Liverman

Condolence from David Dodd on January 17th, 2022 6:26 pm

I remember the first day we met on the bus and you had a red Michael Jackson zippered jacket on and right away I knew you were a different cat. Your breakdance moves and cardboard slides will be with me forever. I love you Buc, you were taken too soon… I hope you’re drop kneeing w Jesus and pumping bad brains through the heavens.

Condolence from Valerie Crew on January 17th, 2022 6:32 pm

What a wonderful tribute. May Bucky’s light continue to shine from the multitudes of hearts that carry his memory with love.

Condolence from Crystal O’Leary on January 17th, 2022 11:06 pm

Deepest sympathies to Bucky’s family and his many, many friends. Such a very kind and special soul that will be missed dearly by us all. He certainly branded all our hearts with his, and left us with some stellar memories that we will never forget.

Condolence from Sarah on January 17th, 2022 11:43 pm

So many memories and all of them epic, except that time with the duck. You really were one of the most authentic, human, kind souls I may ever know. Rest easy.. condolences to his fiancé and family.

Condolence from Justin kemph on January 17th, 2022 11:55 pm

Buck was someone who made the world better . I will miss him greatly.

Condolence from Steeny on January 18th, 2022 12:08 am

Bucky, I have so many words going through my head, so I am just gonna say THANK YOU for welcoming me to the OBX when I first got there, thank you for dancing, thank you for rocking, and thank you for being unapologetically yourself always. And thank you for forcing me out of bed to steal J-Mac’s bikes and ride with you!

Condolence from Frank on January 18th, 2022 3:26 am

Many days of surfing Chic’s beach back in the day with your Bing surfboard. Im glad i got to see you play in Fujiwara down at the oceanfront and hung out at Big Steves! Till we meet on the other side bro! R.I.P
Frank Thompson

Condolence from Beth on January 18th, 2022 8:34 am

Such a beautiful tribute to a legendary man aka “Bucky”. My thoughts and prayers going out to his family, you may be gone but never forgotten. God speed my friend.

Condolence from Bessie Reid Ward on January 18th, 2022 11:02 am

To Your Friend’s,

Sometimes, it’s sad to know such a ” Special Person” was here & I didn’t have a chance to meet them & enjoy Christopher as his friends did.

He was multi talented & had a love for people wherever he ventured.

So to his friends God be with you all in your time of sorrow.

My thoughts & prayers are with you all.


Bessie Reid Ward

Condolence from Whitney Dane on January 18th, 2022 3:42 pm

My thoughts are with all of you. He was such a wonderful spirit. I have a treasure trove of the most fun memories with young Buck. Rest among the stars, dear soul. Rock and Roll forever.

Condolence from Kristi Sawyer-Burke on January 18th, 2022 10:15 pm

Sending good vibes to all loved ones at this time. Bucky was ALWAYS kind to everyone he met. He will truly be missed.

Condolence from Andy Michael on January 19th, 2022 10:23 am

Bucky we love you so much bro! You were such a special man! You were such a great friend and so good with my two sons Weslee Michael and Trent Fire Michael. They loved hanging out with Uncle Buc! You always told me you wished you had children. But you did in a sense. All your friends kids loved you so much. I always looked up to you and Billy and Kirk as musicians! You and I used too jam out after practice playing Rock and Roll which you loved dearly. I miss you Buddy. Miss that smile and that trademark laugh! My condolences to all the family. My heart and prayers are with you. I wish we could play one more show! We will in heaven! I bet they play only Rock and Roll in heaven! Love you Bud!

Condolence from Gregory Paul Galland on January 24th, 2022 6:57 pm

We had great fun as kids. Some of my most memorable moments. A great friend. My deepest sympathies and love go out to all he touched. See you on the other side brother. Rest Easy.
Greg G.

Condolence from Rhonda Pinello on January 25th, 2022 2:12 am

I’m so sorry to learn of this news today. My thoughts, prayers and love to your fiance, sister Randi and all of your family and friends that are morning your loss.

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