Growing up, I was fortunate to have people in my life who influenced me in wonderful, positive ways. Of course, my family led the way. Apart from my family, my high school basketball coach was one of the most influential people in my life. Coach Buckles was a man of character, kindness, and high expectations. His love for the Lord and his family was always evident in his actions, and never in my high school career did I ever hear him curse. He was loved and respected because he deserved that, and I still love and respect him today.
I was thrilled when his daughter, Kelly, asked me about taking their family pictures. It was wonderful to see Coach Buckles and his sweet wife, Bonita, in their role as "Nana & Pop". Their grandchildren are just precious and so full of life. This is a family that truly shows the love, care, kindness and character that I always saw through Coach Buckles. We had a great time together, and I am honored that I got the opportunity to help capture their sweet memories!