Paul Buchanan

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Paul Everett Buchanan Sr., 91, reunited with his wife Aug. 21, 2018, after a period of declining health. Paul was born in 1926 in Spruce Pine to Audy S. and Mae Duncan Buchanan.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Gyneth Henson Buchanan; his parents; his stepmother, Viola E. Buchanan; and a brother, Audie Cecile Buchanan, of Spruce Pine. 

Paul moved to Rabun County in 1951 to work for Fred Elliott as a meat cutter at Elliott’s Market, which later became Foodland. Shortly after moving to Clayton he joined the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department. He served as chief many times and became a certified state fire instructor in 1976, training many of Rabun County’s firefighters over the next several decades. In 1979, Paul was appointed to the Georgia State Firefighters Association Executive Board and was a lifelong member of the Georgia State Association of Fire Chiefs. In 1972, Paul bought a neighborhood grocery store in Mountain City, Georgia, which became Paul’s Pennywise. Paul became interested in local politics in the 1970s, serving on the Clayton City Council for many years and eventually becoming Mayor of Clayton in 1983. He and Gyneth retired in 1981, spending the winter in Lake Wales, Florida.

After retiring, Paul loved playing golf and catching large bass on Lake Pierce in Florida. He was a member of Clayton Baptist Church. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Lee Buchanan Duvall, of Franklin, and Evelyn Buchanan Hall, of Charlotte; a brother, James Buchanan, of Spruce Pine; three children, Judith Buchanan Strickland, of Clayton, Belinda and Donald Bradberry, of Huntsville, Alabama, and Paul E. Jr. and Susan Buchanan, of Clayton. Paul is also survived by eight grandchildren, Robert Lesley (Bobby) Houck (Holly), Allison Houck Goodlett (Ivy), Jennifer Bradberry Adams (Andrew), Donald Glenn Bradberry Jr., Kristy Buchanan Rhodes (Bob) and Kelcey Brian Buchanan (Shelly); and 12 great-grandchildren, Jordan Buchanan, Tyler Wall and Addy Adams, Emma and Juliet Rhodes, Jackson and Michael Goodlett, Madison Houck, Makinzy Long, Maleigha McCraw, Will McCraw and Braelynn Bradberry.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Beck Funeral Home and 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Clayton Baptist Church.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the sanctuary of Clayton Baptist Church with pastors Joey Thompson and David Rogers officiating. Interment was at Rabun Memory Park in Tiger, Georgia, with full firefighter honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rabun Memory Park, 157 Oak Laurel Dr. Clayton, GA 30525

Beck Funeral Home in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. An online Memorial Register Book is available at

Mitchell News-Journal • Spruce Pine, NC

Wednesday, Aug. 29

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