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Darrel R. Buchanan

June 27, 1934 — January 20, 2018

Darrel R. Buchanan, 83 of Eva, TN passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Camden General Hospital.Oakdale Funeral Home assisted with family with private arrangements. Mr. Buchanan was born June 20, 1934 in Drakesboro, KY to the late Floyd"Elmo" Buchanan"and Madie Maxwell Buchanan. He was the eldest brother of seven and joined the United States Navy in August 1951.He served his country through the Cuban Missile Crisis, Korean Conflict and Vietnam eras. During his naval Career, he was awarded numerous commendations for outstanding performance, initiative and excellence for his conduct, experience and leadership. He was authorized to wear the Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal and achieved the rank of Chief Boatswains Mate before returning in 1970 where he became a member of the Naval Fleet Reserves for 10 years. Mr. Buchanan married Eurbie Lee Parks in 1958. They had three children, Donnie, Loretta and Jimmy. After his 20 year naval career, he moved to Camden where he worked for United Foundries Corporation until 1979, then began work at Lakeshore Methodist Assembly in Eva, TN. He and his wife, Eurbie owned and operated several business together including two grocery stores in Eva and Bruceton before retiring to pursue hobbies at home where he enjoyed bird watching, gardening, hunting, fishing, boxing, pets, playing guitar and singing.He was an honored Veteran, dedicated family man and provider, all around good neighbor and friend.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, E.J. and Ronnie, two sisters, Wanda(Bob)Rives of Louisville, KY and Delores(George)Burden of Evansville, IN.He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Eurbie Lee Parks Buchanan, one daughter, Loretta Buchanan of Camden, TN, two sons, Donnie and Jimmy(Misty)Buchanan of Camden, TN, two grandchildren, Brittney and Andrew Buchanan, two sisters, Mary Ann(Kenneth)McDonald of Greenville, KY, Faye(Weldon)Price of Owensboro, KY.We weren't prepared to let him go , but he was prepared to meet the Lord.
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