March 13, 1927 ~ October 21, 2016
Clyde "Alan" Buntain, 89, passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 at Givens Estates.
He was born in Edgar, Illinois on March 13, 1927 to the late Mr. Clyde Buntain and Mrs. Laura Pennington Buntain. He was also preceded in death by his beloved sisters and brothers: Mary, Walter, Edward, and Ann.
Alan is survived by his beloved God children, Megan and Charlie Pugh and his most recent caretakers, Jim Davis, Art Garst, Laura Pugh, and Ellen Williams, along with many wonderful friends and neighbors.
He served Stateside in the United States of America Army from 1945-1946. He was a graduate of Butler University's Pharmacy School and was a longtime resident of Champagne-Urbana, Illinois where he began his 50 year career as a pharmacist, including many years of service at Mission Hospital.
Alan moved to Asheville, NC in the mid 1980's where he worked and lived as a wonderful neighbor to many. He was an avid gardener with a passion for the outdoors. In retirement he nurtured many relationships, and dedicated his time to his impeccable garden.
He will rest in peace at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville with his beloved garden "rock" after a private graveside service.
The Botanical Gardens of Asheville are accepting memorial donations in his name at www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org or (828) 252-5190.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. I wanted to leave your family a comforting scripture during this time. Revelation 21:4- ‘And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.’
I lost my dearest friend.
I wanted to send my love and condolences to the Burtain family. I’m very sorry for your loss. Know that God is eager to bring back to life our loved ones whom we have lost in death. God hates death; he views it as an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) He has ‘a yearning’ to conquer that enemy, to undo death by means of the resurrection. He longs to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again. God purposes to do this by means of the resurrection hope as He has promised in His Word, the Bible. (John 5:28,29) Please consider these comforting scriptures in your personal copy of the Bible. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
We were privileged to live next door to Alan for nine years in Champaign. He was the not only a wonderful neighbor but became a dear friend from whom we learned so much about house plants, cooking and gardening. We still make his special prime rib soup. He was a true gentleman.