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Originally published: 2013-08-19 08:34:01
Last modified: 2013-08-19 08:34:44

Martha Bowman Buchanan

Martha Bowman Buchanan, 62, of the Altamont Community, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late David and Helen Stroupe Bowman. She was also preceded in death by a niece, Nell Sparks. Buchanan was a pharmacy tech for a number of years at Crossnore Drug Store and was a beautician, and also sang since childhood with her family and various quartets. She was a member of Big Meadows Baptist Church and loved to travel.

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Ted Buchanan; son, Aaron Buchanan and wife, Candi, of Jonas Ridge; siblings, Melvin Bowman and wife, Glenda, of Altamont, Shirley Duncan and husband, Mike, of Altamont, and Frank Bowman and wife, Patsy, of Ingalls. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013, in Big Meadows Baptist Church. The Rev. Josh Calvert, the Rev. Wesley Duncan and Pastor Keith Russell officiated. Burial followed in the Bowman Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, and at other times were at the home. Pallbearers were Ronald Buchanan, Denny Bowman, Dustin Biddix, Seth Benfield, Lance Wright and Travis Daniels.

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