Oscar W. Buntin Dies at 88

Oscar W. Buntin, also known as “Sonny Boy” or “Joshua Mack,” died at the age of 88. Oscar passed away on Oct. 10 at his residence. He was born on the island of Antigua on July 6, 1931, to parents Marie Buntin and Cyril William.

Oscar was raised by his beloved grandmother, Pricilla Mack. At the age of 27, Oscar relocated to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He married his beautiful wife, Margaret Peters-Buntin, on July 13, 1961. Oscar worked for a few years for the Virgin Islands Port Authority before venturing off to become an entrepreneur. He worked at East End Taxi for over 30 years before retiring in 2017.

Oscar is survived by his wife, Margaret Buntin; children: Rhasba Shambulu, Binta Oliver, Sheree Buntin, Claudette Buntin, Valerie Tyson, Antoinette Buntin and Ruth Ann Buntin; stepdaughter, Rosemarie Bradley. Oscar has 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

The first viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services. The second viewing along with tributes will be held at First Wesleyan Holiness Church in Contant on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m. followed by a service at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow immediately at Western Cemetery No. 1.