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David Stuart Buchanan / November 16, 2021

David Stuart Buchanan Sr., age 90, of Skipwith, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. Stuart was born on Dec. 18, 1930 in Clarksville, and was the son of the late Charlie M. and Julia Whitt Buchanan.

Stuart is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marianne Sims Buchanan, and his children; Beth Buchanan Brooker and husband, Ken, of Richmond, David Buchanan and his wife, Janet,of Chase City.

Stuart is further survived by two grandchildren; Megan Hardman Floyd and husband, Will, of Roanoke, and Matthew Brooker and wife, Taylor, of New York City; and two great grandchildren, Madison and Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Julie Buchanan Hardman.

Stuart graduated from Clarksville High School in 1949. He went on to serve four years, as a Korean War veteran, in the US Air Force. There he was a crypto operator, decoding and coding secret messages, while serving in Korea and Japan from 1950 to 1954.

Upon leaving the military, he attended the University of Richmond, then went on to become a very successful agent with State Farm Insurance and retired after 35 years.

Stuart’s community service was extensive, including managing and organizing Connie Mack baseball teams. He was extremely proud of his players, a few even went on to become ministers.

He served as president of the Clarksville Jaycees and during this time he and a local pharmacist, Bill Thompson, organized and secured the oral Polio vaccine for their community. Stuart was also commander of the local VFW Post 8163, as well as serving for eight years on the Mecklenburg County Social Services board.

His long-time dream of building a Mecklenburg County Veterans Monument came together in 2004. We will all miss seeing him on his hands and knees putting down memorial bricks as we pass the monument.

During the construction, Stuart donated a kidney to his daughter but this still didn’t slow him down. The last project he worked on alongside his daughter, Julie, was the construction of the Clarksville Education and Enrichment Complex, currently, Mecklenburg County Community Services Corporation (MCCSC).

In 2015 he received a commendation by the Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates for his tireless dedication as a community leader, volunteer, and his life-long devotion to serving the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Along with Stuart’s commitment to helping his community and veterans, he also possessed a lifelong passion for his farm, the outdoors, and all things U.Va.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, 2526 New Hope Church Road, Skipwith. Rev. Larry Davis will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations made in Stuart’s memory to the Veterans Memorial Monument Fund, 18 Club Drive, Buffalo Junction, VA 24529 or to Mecklenburg County Community Services Corporation, 1567 Noblin Farm Road Clarksville, VA 23927.

Online condolences can be expressed to Stuart’s family at

Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home is caring for the Buchanan family.

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