William Haze Buchanan of St. Marys died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at his residence.
He was born July 5, 1930, on the family farm in Day, Fla., 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, Fla., graduating in 1948. He learned teamwork skills at an early age through playing on his school basketball team in his high school years.
The son of a farming family, Haze used the opportunity to work the 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 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 years 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 58 years until his death. For more than 62 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.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judy Trapnell Buchanan; sons, Eric Buchanan (Martha) and John Buchanan (Anne) of Atlanta; sister, Ola Belle Mebane of Ellicott City, Md.; five grandchildren, Hayes, Meg, Ellen, Laurel and Ian Buchanan; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, Feb. 9, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with visitation in the church social hall following the service. Remembrances may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys.