Clifford Howard Buchanan, Jr., lovingly known to all as Buddy, was escorted into his heavenly home on Monday, January 11. Buddy was a longtime member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, a church family which he loved with all his heart. He was a proud veteran, serving with the 278th Regimental Combat Team National Guard in Korea. In most recent years, he lived at Regency Retirement Center, where he was loved and pampered by the Memory Care staff. The family wants to thank Becky Tuttle, and her compassionate staff, for making his home so comforting even during this horrible pandemic. The family wants to thank Jefferson Park, Dandridge, for their special care, especially Jessi Ball. And finally, the family would like to thank Stephanie Hamill and her staff at Serenity House for the wonderful care, as well as Smoky Mountain Hospice.
Buddy was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Anna Lou Hipsher Buchanan; his Mother and Father, Stella and Clifford Buchanan, Sr.; sisters Jean Susong and Betty Jo Lawson; and his Son-In-Law, Wayne Watkins.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Helen Anita Watkins, Leslie Grigsby (Sam), and Sheri Canter (Steve). He is also survived by 5 grandchildren; Traci Dickerson (Joey), Jason Watkins (Julia), John Watkins (Jessica), Anna Warren (Jacob), and Sarah Canter. He is also survived by 5 great grandchildren; Jacob Dickerson, Addison Watkins, Wyatt Watkins, Juniper Watkins, and Ivy Warren, as well as several nieces and nephews. His family were the loves and pride of his life.
Friends may pay their respects at their convenience at Mayes Funeral Home, Main Street, Morristown, TN, from 12 to 5 PM, on Wednesday, January 13. A military graveside service will be held at Hamblen Memory Gardens on Thursday, January 14, at 3:00 PM. Rev. David Williams and Mark Gibson officiating. Please follow all Covid 19 protocol.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church Food Pantry or Serenity House Friends of Hospice.
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