Holbrook Buckmaster Coyne Jr. ’68

Holbrook Buckmaster Coyne Jr., 68, of Charlotte, formerly of Morehead City, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 28, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving family and will forever be missed.

His memorial is at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Morehead City.

“Buck” was born in Danville, Va., on Oct. 29, 1945. He grew up in Virginia and Connecticut and attended Kent School in Kent, Conn., before moving to Spartanburg, S.C. He found his home in the South. Buck became an accomplished track star and was the starting quarterback at Spartanburg High School. Buck and his family met many lifelong friends in Spartanburg and always cherished those friends and memories.

After spending his high school days in Spartanburg, he left South Carolina for Davidson College in North Carolina. Buck was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Davidson track team. He entered Officer Training School during the Vietnam War and achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Davidson and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He entered and graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.

He married the love of his life Nina Carson Williams while attending law school and soon settled in Morehead City. Buck and Nina adored Morehead City immediately. They loved the town and their amazing friends. The couple had two sons, Brook and Charlie, and enjoyed many, many happy years in Morehead City. The family treasured boat excursions to “The Island,” skiing vacations in Vermont and father-son trips to Atlanta Braves games.

After Nina passed away in 1993, Buck married Mary Criswell and moved to Ada, Okla. He enjoyed many good years in Ada and had a very successful law practice. Buck also became very close with his two stepdaughters, Anne and Spencer Criswell, and saw them grow into fine young women. The family thanks Mary Criswell and Connie Byrum for providing many happy years later in his life.

Buck will be missed by many. He is best known for his sarcastic sense of humor, love of Carolina, the law, fine food and a stiff Dewar’s and water.

He is survived by his two sons, Holbrook “Brook” Buckmaster Coyne III and wife Alison and Charles “Charlie” Williams Coyne and wife Julie; two sisters, Kathy Belcher and Clare Coyne; and three grandchildren, Jack, Joey and Charles.

In addition to his wife Nina, he was preceded in death by his his mother and father Kitty Coyne and Holbrook Buckmaster Coyne.

Visitation will be immediately following the Saturday service in the St. Andrew’s churchyard.

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mundenfuneralhome.net.



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