Clara Smith Buchanan

Tuesday, December 26, 1911 - Sunday, September 20, 2015

In God's Loving Care

Photo of Clara Smith Buchanan  - 1911-2015

Canton – In the late evening hours of Sunday, September 20, 2015 we said goodbye to Clara Smith Buchanan, a beloved mother and a true lady that had touched the lives of so many throughout her blessed 103 years of life.

Mrs. Buchanan was born in the Christmas season on December 26, 1911 in Franklin, North Carolina to the late John L. Smith and the late Lorena Crawford Smith and was the ninth child born to a family of ten children. In 1929 she became the wife of Guy Edison Buchanan and in 1936 they moved with their children to Haywood County to make their home. Clara became very well known in Canton as a lady who helped everyone and truly brought sunshine into your day when you were with her. Mrs. Buchanan was a faithful employee with Hudson’s Department Store in Canton until its closing and then she continued working at Thriftee Drugs until she retired at the young age of 84. Clara resided on Academy Street in Canton and during her working years she amazed everyone in town as she was seen each and every day walking to and from her job in downtown Canton. She was a talented quilter and will always be remembered as a gracious hostess to everyone who visited the Buchanan home. Her faith was an important part of her life and Mrs. Buchanan was the oldest living member of Canton First Baptist Church and had also been a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class. Clara was given the blessing of being able to remain at her home until the age of 98 when she moved to the Brian Center in Waynesville in 2009. Clara Smith Buchanan was the light of her family and they thank God that they were given Clara to teach them, to encourage them and to love them for all of these wonderful years of her life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Guy E. Buchanan who passed away in 1969; a granddaughter, Patti Buchanan; sons-in-law, Dick Hannah and John Spencer and a great-granddaughter, Jennifer Spencer.

Left to cherish the memory of Clara, the beloved matriarch of the Buchanan family, are her children, Cleo Leatherwood and her husband, Paul Leatherwood of Clyde, Lucille Hannah of Clyde and Bruce Buchanan and his wife, Elaine Buchanan of Waynesville; six grandchildren, Steven Spencer and his wife, Dottie Spencer of Greer, SC; Roger Buchanan and his wife, Linda Buchanan of Richmond, TX; Denise Cox and her husband, Hal Cox of Wheaton, IL, Melissa Peden and her husband, Harry Peden of Florence, AL; Amy O’Riley and her husband, Shannon O’Riley of Waynesville and Aaron Carver of Clyde, NC; eight great- grandchildren, Brian Bradley, Christa Spencer Tompkins and her husband, Edward Tompkins, Casey Cox, Wesley Nash, Emily and Molly Buchanan, Hunter and Alaina O’Riley and four great-great-grandchildren, Chris and Chase Bradley and Mason and Gracie Tompkins.

Funeral services for Mrs. Buchanan will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford/ Ray Funeral and Cremation Service in Canton. Reverend Mark Caldwell and Reverend James Parham will officiate. Burial will follow at Pisgah Memorial Park in Candler. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.

Memorials may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness PO Box 431634, Houston, TX 77243 or to Canton First Baptist Church, 74 Academy Street, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Buchanan family.

Condolences from family and friends

Bruce and Elaine, I was so sorry to learn of Mrs. Buchanan passing away. I know she will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Love and prayers, Jessica
Jessica Brown
I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know you have been blessed by her long life. Just know that she rests in the Arms of Jesus, where you will all rejoin her. God Bless you all.
Bruce Francis
Amy , Shannon and kids, we are so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. It sounds like though that she is safely in the arms of the Lord.
Richard and Amanda Inman - Moore
Cleo, Lucille & Bruce and your families, Sorry for your loss of dear Clara, she was such a wonderful lady. I know she will be deeply missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jeannie
Jeannie Stamey Haney
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Clara. As the former pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Franklin, NC, we have grown to love and appreciate the families and descendants of the late John L. and Lorena Crawford Smith. For many years, members of this wonderful family has graciously provided love, service and faithfulness to Christ and His beloved church. Clara leaves a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed.
Tommy & Shirley Fouts
With deepest sympathy and condolences.
Cricket Williams and Family