William Haze Buchanan

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William Haze Buchanan

July 05, 1930 - February 05, 2019

William Haze Buchanan William Haze Buchanan of St. Marys, Georgia died peacefully Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at his residence. He was born July 5, 1930 on the family farm in Day, Florida, the oldest of three children born to Rutherford Hayes and Vera Winderweedle Buchanan. He spent his elementary and high school years in Day and Mayo, Florida.
He honed valuable basketball skills playing for his high school basketball team. His skills attracted the attention of Gordon Military College in Barnesville, Georgia, and following high school graduation in 1948, he attended the college and played basketball for the school's basketball program.
The son of a farming family, Haze used the opportunity to work the farm land during summers to earn the funds needed toward higher education, earning his Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in 1952. After college he entered military service and served in the United States Air Force.
Following military service, Haze moved to St. Marys to work with Gilman Paper Company, embarking on a career lasting 41 years where his calm, stable, and encouraging demeanor earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and all with whom he worked. He retired in 1996. He loved his family and promoted their family gatherings. He was faithful and modeled those family values as a faithful son, husband, father, and grandfather.
In 1957 he married Judy Trapnell in the Historic Catholic Chapel in St. Marys, and they and their sons, Eric and John, spent their growing-up summers traveling on long road trips. Their many trips to historic sites and mountains aroused his interest in the hobby of wood working, and he became adept in the art of furniture making. He built furniture for their young sons and beautiful pieces for their home and helped build the house that they shared for fifty-eight years until his death. He was a lifelong reader. For more than sixty-two years, he was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ralph Buchanan of Marietta, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Judy Trapnell Buchanan; his sons Eric Buchanan (Martha) and John Buchanan (Anne) of Atlanta; his sister, Ola Belle Buchanan Mebane of Ellicott City, Maryland, his five grandchildren: Hayes, Meg, Ellen, Laurel, and Ian Buchanan, and eight nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was held at 12:00 noon Saturday, February 9, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Father Mariusz Fuks and Father William Leahy officiating. Visitation and lunch in the church social hall followed the service. Remembrances may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys was in charge of arrangements.
Published on March 8, 2019
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