Joel Buchanan

Thursday, April 5, 2007

SIKESTON - Joel Grant Buchanan Sr., 82, died April 3, 2007, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews.

Born Oct. 4, 1924, in Caruthersville, son of the late Melvin Gilbert and Mattie Lula Little Buchanan, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in occupational forces during World War II. A member of First Christian Church, he was a self-

employed farmer until 1972, and later owned and operated Sikeston Safe Company until his retirement.

On March 26, 1944, he married Betty Sue Roberts, who preceded him in death on Sept. 19, 1997. On Dec. 19, 1998, he married Rosa Abernathy, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Joel Grant and Sondra Buchanan Jr. of Benton; two daughters and one son-in-law, Susan Jo Mawyer of Richmond, Va. and Linda and Rick Towery of Sikeston; and seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Three brothers; four sisters; one grandson, David Shawn Buchanan; and one son-in-law, Winston Mawyer, preceded him in death.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Sikeston. The Rev. Mary McCord, pastor, will officiate.

Burial with full military honors will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.