Death of A Classmate - James R. Buchanan

James R. Buchanan, 80, of Etowah, NC, died Thursday, December 30, 2010, at Pardee Hospital.

A native of Crawford County, Iowa, he was the son of the late George and Helen Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers and one granddaughter. He lived in several places across America including California, Connecticut, Florida and eight years in Etowah, NC.
Jim joined the United States Navy in 1947 and was promoted to Petty Officer in just 27 weeks. He earned an appointment to The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD as a result of a fleet competition and graduated in 1954. He then went directly to flight training and, after serving a total of eight years, was honorably discharged in 1956. His love of flying continued throughout his life. Jim was also an avid golfer, a reader of history and a Civil War buff.
Jim dedicated his life to defining and improving the science of Manufacturing Management and was an early pioneer of the use of the computer as a tool for planning, scheduling and inventory control. He was an active member of All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River, NC.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Barbara Baker Buchanan; one daughter, Cecelia Braun of Peabody, Mass.; two sons, Stephen Wilkins of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Donald Wilkins of Vestal, N.Y. and their spouses; four brothers, George Buchanan of Gaithersburg, Md., Kenneth Buchanan of New Berlin, Wis., Leonard Buchanan of San Diego, Calif. and Russell Buchanan of Melbourne, Fla. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at All Saints Anglican Church, 15 McDowell Road, Mills River, NC 28759.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the memory of James R. Buchanan to All Saints Anglican Church.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting  www.thosshepherd.com . Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.

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