On Jan. 20, 2021, B. Merritt Buchanan, Jr. stepped into the arms of his Lord and Savior. This was the day he had often talked about and longed for: Matthew 25:23: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness’.”
Born in Person County, Mr. Buchanan was the son of the late Baxter Buchanan, Sr. and Mabel Pentecost Buchanan. He was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church.
Merritt was passionate about his Lord, his wife, Bonnie, his family, his church, the Emergency Chaplains and My Life Matters. Mr. Buchanan truly appreciated all of the First Responders in Person County and the staff at Person Memorial Hospital. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was an ordained minister, deacon, Sunday-School teacher, CPA, school teacher and member of the Baptists on Mission Disaster Relief Team, Emergency Chaplain, Controller of Liberty Bible College and Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, Fla.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Bonnie Mangum Buchanan of the home; three children: Karen Buchanan Clowe (Paul), Kathy Mitchell-Pagan (Pat) and Kevin Merritt Buchanan (Dawn); grandchildren: Noelle Clowe Sapp (Tim), Tyler Clowe, Melody Clowe Cooper (Kaylib), Caitlyn Clowe, Caleb Clowe, Richie Mitchell, Courtney Mitchell, Emily Mitchell, Micah Pagan, Jase Pagan, Abby Haldane (Duncan), Brett Pagan, Bryan Buchanan (Liza), Elizabeth Buchanan, Jasmine Alonso (Chase), Diana Buchanan and Layla Buchanan; great-grandchildren: Seamus Sapp, Diella Sapp, Hugo Sapp, Caulder Buchanan, Noah Cooper and Sinead Haldane; one sister, Wanda Buchanan Wilson (Sherman); one brother, Lawrence Buchanan (Donna).
Due to COVID-19, the family request wearing a mask and to practice social distancing. Memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Mill Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Dion Loving and the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Mr. Buchanan’s grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be the First Responders of Person County.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mill Creek Baptist Church, c/o Janet Gentry, 6817 Boston Road, Roxboro, N.C. 27573; Emergency Chaplains, PO Box 14762, Durham, N.C. 27709; My Life Matters, 80 Danwin Lane, Roxboro, N.C. 27573.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.