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 learned teamwork skills at an early age through playing on his high school basketball team, graduating in 1948.
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 a 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 and stable demeanor earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and all with whom he worked. He retired in 1996.
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 craft 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. 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 his brother, Ralph Buchanan of Marietta, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Judy Trapnell Buchanan; sons Eric Buchanan (Martha) and John Buchanan (Anne) of Atlanta; sister, Ola Belle Buchanan Mebane of Ellicott City, Maryland, 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.