Billy Ray Buchanan
1992 - 2020
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Billy Ray Buchanan, 27, of Green, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 20, 2020. He was born in Barberton, Ohio on March 24, 1992 and was a Barberton High School graduate, Class 2011. He went to college in Florida to become a Medical Assistant. He enjoyed the time he spent with his niece and nephews as well as time with family and friends. Billy Ray battled with a heroin addiction for many years. In the end, his addiction ended his life much too soon. He successfully completed drug rehab several times, but the craving that comes from true addiction was more than he could overcome. If there is someone in your life battling addiction reach out to them. So many lives are lost every day. The stigma of embarrassment and denial must be overcome. To all children, this is a simple reminder that there are people who love you, with everything they have and no matter what you do. Don't be too afraid or ashamed to ask for help. To all parents, pay attention to your children and the world that revolves around them. Even when the surface is calm, the water may be turbulent just beneath. Billy Ray's struggle has ended, and he is finally at peace. He is survived by his parents, Billy and Kathy Buchanan; sister, Amy (Phil) Bednar; one niece, two nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other close family and friends. Billy Ray's funeral service will be Saturday, January 25th at 3 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. His family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations shall be made to Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home.

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Jan. 24, 2020.
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January 26, 2020
Until we meet again Cousin. RIP.
January 25, 2020
May God wrap his arms around you all and remind you that your not alone during this sad time,sent with lots of love
Vernon &Dawn Rowe
January 24, 2020
I am so sorry. I lost my 29 year old son this past November to a heroin overdose. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
G Baughman
January 24, 2020
My heart goes out to his family, I am so sorry for your loss. What an amazing obituary as you grieve your loss you are trying to help others overcome their addiction.
Norma Hoefler
January 24, 2020
Nothing hurts more than losing your own child. Tom and I know that there are no words to help the 2 of you cope right now, but should you ever want to talk we are always here.
Julie and Tom Juszlli
January 24, 2020
Our condolences to our Everbright family neighbors during your challenging times
Joyce & Scott McClellan
January 24, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for writing so compationately about Billy Ray and his struggle. I am prayerful that it will be read by many people and especially those who need help. God Bless you you and your family and friends during this sad time.

Helen Hartmann
Akron, Ohio
January 24, 2020
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. My son went to school with Billy. May God bless you all.
Cindy Kennal-Carmany
January 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
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