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Candler - Mary Ellen Buchanan Candler was born March 19, 1926, to the late Floyd Roscoe Buchanan and Lilly Duggins Buchanan of Drayton, SC.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, she left this world to be reunited with her husband of 65 years, Howard N. Candler, with two grandchildren, Lee and Angel Hilemon, and with seven of her siblings, Rev. Horace Buchanan, Ola Lytle, Andrea Manuel, Bill Buchanan, Jack Buchanan, Dean Buchanan and Edna Ruth Buchanan.

She is survived by her son, Alan Candler of the home; daughter, Donna Candler Hilemon (Floyd) of Candler; sisters, Martha Neighbors (Everett) and Sara Barnwell of Spartanburg; grandchildren, Bryan Candler Hilemon of Candler and Alana Hilemon Ramsey of Fairview; two great-grandchildren, Leowyn Hilemon and Kylie Ramsey;

Mary also helped raise a niece and nephew who were like her own children, Mandy Odum of Columbia, SC and Phillip Manuel of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving are extended family, Lynn and Karen Shuler of Swannanoa, brother-in-law A.C. "Ike" Candler (Mildred), and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was a faithful and active member of Calvary Baptist Church for 65 years, teaching the two year olds in Sunday School before her declining health kept her at home.

She worked as a special education teacher at Sand Hill School, then as a secretary at St. Joseph Hospital and a medical office. She loved reading, solving crossword puzzles, sewing and needlepoint.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the Candler Center, Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road, West Asheville, led by the Rev. Jeff Hayes and Dr. Jack Buchanan, assisted by Associate Pastor Pat Stillwell and Chaplain Butch Stillwell.

The family will receive friends at the Candler Center one hour prior to the Celebration.

Burial will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806, or to Hominy Baptist Day Stay, 135 Candler School Road, Candler, NC 28715, where Mary enjoyed spending time playing bingo and pastor services on Thursdays.

The family expresses their appreciation to all the workers at Day Stay for taking excellent care of their mom.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting with the arrangements and the on-line register is available at


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 28, 2014
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