Asheville - Robert "Bob" Buchanan, Sr. died peacefully at his residence in Asheville, surrounded by his family, on Friday, September 13, 2013, at the age of 71.
Bob lived a good and fruitful life. He died with the expectation of life in the hereafter and reuniting with loved ones, but he never lost his zest for this life, his curiosity about what lay beyond the next ridge and his faith in his fellowman.
Born in 1941 to William and Mildred Dickerson Buchanan, Bob grew up in Asheville attending Grace School, David Millard and Lee Edwards High School. He also attended Burlington College, graduating in 1966.
In 1967 Bob married Asheville native, Barbara Monteath, with whom he enjoyed 45 years of loving marriage with a 45 wedding anniversary and renewal December 30, 2012.
Bob started his career in 1967 at Monteath's Tire Service Center until 1986. He opened Monteath's Gulf on Tunnel Road in the early 70's then Monteath's Auto Service on Swannanoa River Road in 1986 until present.
Bob is fondly remembered for his many contributions to the community. In the 70s he was leader of the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Troop 108 Webelo.
Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Robert "Bob" Buchanan and his wife, Elizabeth; grandchildren, Robbie Buchanan and Megan Buchanan of Weaverville; four brothers, Bill Buchanan (Fern) of Alexander, David Buchanan (Sharon) of Mauldin, SC, Gerald Buchanan (Sharon) of Weaverville and John Buchanan (Kathy) of Alexander; three sisters, Patricia Fisher (Gray) of Marshall, Judy Buchanan and Sandy Buchanan of Asheville; 7 nieces, 4 great nieces and 6 great nephews.
He is preceded in death by a nephew, Kevin William Buchanan.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Groce United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gerald Davis and Rev. Avery White officiating. His family will receive friends from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road, also, one hour prior to the service Sunday, at the church. Interment will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Groce United Methodist Church van fund, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC, 28805.
Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the Buchanan family.
The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com