September 6, 2017
Betty Alice Blankenship Buchanan, age 83, of Columbus, MS, passed away September 2, 2017, at Trinity Healthcare. Graveside services were Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 2:00 PM at Curtis Chapel Cemetery in Oktibehha County, MS, with Rev. Jimmy Ray officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, September 5, 2017, from 1:00 – 1:30 PM at Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory. Mrs. Buchanan was born May 23, 1934, in Mayhew, MS, to the late Willie Edgar and Mary Belle Odum Blankenship, Sr. She retired from Seminole Manufacturing. Mrs. Buchanan was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and former member of East End Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Buchanan, Sr., and brothers, Willie Edgar Blankenship, Jr., George William Blankenship, and James Raymond Blankenship. Survivors include her son, Thomas E. Buchanan, Jr. of Starkville, MS, brother, Larry Blankenship of Starkville, MS, sister, Mary Thompson of Columbus, MS, grandchildren, David Gray, Michael Buchanan, Mathew Buchanan, Charlsey Buchanan, and Coleson Buchanan, and 10 great grandchildren. Family and friends served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.