CULLMAN Larry Elbert Buchanan, age 64, formerly of Tuscaloosa, passed peacefully from this life Monday, May 13, 2013, at UAB Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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He was preceded in death by his father, James Earl Buchanan, and his mother, Sarah Nell Buchanan.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Gail Buchanan of Northport; his daughter, Clarissa B. Boggess (Shane) of Tuscaloosa; his son, Matthew L. Buchanan of Tuscaloosa; and his grandchildren, Wolfgang Boggess, Lucas Boggess, and Victor Edmondson of Tuscaloosa.
Larry was born and raised in Alexandria, Va. He moved to Tuscaloosa in 1967 to attend the University of Alabama, briefly serving in the United States Marine Corps before returning to school and later graduating with majors in History and Religion and a minor in Psychology. A jack-of-all-trades, Larry worked in many professions but was most proud of the work he accomplished as a Psychology Assistant at Bryce Hospital and later on working with fellow veterans at the VA Medical Center as a Nursing Assistant.
Larry had a passion for the internal combustion engine and was an avid hot rod and motorcycle enthusiast. A voracious reader and military history buff, Larry enjoyed sharing his knowledge on the subject and collecting war memorabilia. He also enjoyed classic movies and collecting classic movie monsters. Larry was a talented sketch artist and sculptor. He had an infectious laugh, a warm and impishly charismatic personality that endeared him to those who came to know him. He was a loyal and generous friend, eager to help those in need. A loving father, grandfather, and husband, Larry was truly one of a kind and leaves behind a family that misses him deeply and cherishes the time they were given with him in this life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on May 16, 2013