June 29, 1957 ~ August 11, 2019

Born in: Mitchell Co., NC
Resided in: Clarkesville, GA

David Buchanan, 62, went home to be at peace in the presence of our Lord on August 11, 2019.

David was a native of Mitchell County and son of the late Howard and Ruby Buchanan. He retired after more than 40 years in the banking field, most recently with Fidelity Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is survived by his wife Susan, his son Jared and wife, Julie, his daughter Brittany, and siblings, Annette Duncan and husband Jerry, Gayle Buchanan and husband Jim, Judy Snyder and Mike Buchanan. He is also survived by his grandchildren Elizabeth, Elya, and Evan.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue in Asheville, with funeral services following with Pastor Dennis Thurman officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Funeral Service: August 16, 2019 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: August 16, 2019 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: August 16, 2019 3:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. David(Monk) Buchanan was my neighbor and best male friend in high school. We shared double dates and countless Rook games. I’m flooded with happy memories of our friendship. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Dad this is so hard on me you left me too soon. But you raised me right and tought me that family always comes first. I will keep it together down here for you until i see you again… I love you dad……

  3. David, you are the best husband, father, grandfather anyone could ever have ask for. I don’t understand but we will meet again and I’ll ask you know that. I know in my heart you are at peace now. I love you with all my heart and I’ll miss you every day David.

  4. So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Saw David a year ago at the Cane Creek Baptist Church in the neighborhood where we grew up. We caught u on things that had happened since we were kids.

  5. I loved talking with David about old days in Asheville and Montreal College and worked for him for 15 + years. I valued his advise and wisdom…… Sherry and I will have your family in our prayers. May God show comfort to your family.

  6. This is to an amazing father who welcomed me into the most wonderful family with opened arms. A loss far to soon… But a love, a father, a grandfather, a mentor that will last a lifetime. Love Julie, Jared, Elizabeth, Elya and Evan.
    We all love and miss you very much

  7. My thoughts and prayers to the family during this very difficult time. David was a great colleague, a fine gentlemen and a good friend. I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. I am truly sad to hear this news. My heart goes out to David’s family. We both worked at GMAC and I had the pleasure to work for David at AmSouth and Fidelity. He was a real genius with indirect lending and led the way with selling loans and monetizing every aspect of the business. It was his genius that allowed Fidelity to keep the doors open as they failed at most other lines of businesses. I had the opportunity to speak with David a few months ago after the merger was announced. He seemed to be looking forward to his next chapter in life. I am proud to have called him a friend and will miss him. RIP my friend.

  9. We are so very sorry to hear of David’s passing. Tommy has many memories of David growing up in high school. We so enjoyed the visits he made to our dealership, just to stop by and say Hi. He many times offered support to us during our past business years with compassion, a trait that will be missed by the large banking industry. He was truly a gentlemen with a kind spirit, gone to soon. May you and your family find peace and solitude in the coming days knowing that you will see David again.

    Tommy and Susan Buchanan

  10. My prayers for his family and friends. I knew David through our mutual business of Indirect Lending. David was always proud of his business and family. I know he will be missed. Rest In Peace David.

  11. Susan and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s strength and comfort in your time of loss.

  12. I worked for David the past 15 years. His depth of knowledge & memory regularly impressed me. He once told me when he didn’t want to watch what was on the family TV as a kid, he would read encyclopedias instead. He knew what seemed like every small town in the Southeast! His knowledge of the indirect automotive business was no doubt one of the best. He will be missed. Your family is in our prayers.

  13. I am very saddened to learn of David’s passing. Having worked with David, I know what a great leader and man he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family.

  14. I work with David for 23 years here at Fidelity Bank. He was a very smart man overseeing the Dealer Services Department and bringing much business to the bank. Rest In Heaven David.

  15. I have worked with David for 23 years here at Fidelity Bank. He was a very smart man overseeing the Dealer Service Department. Rest In Heaven David.

  16. I worked for David the entire 23 years we were at Fidelity. We experienced a lot together as the bank and our department grew and went through many changes. I will always be grateful for David’s loyalty both to me personally and to the bank. I will pray that Susan, Jared, and Brittany find peace. Thank you David for all you did for me and my family.

  17. To your family, I wish peace and healing. To you, David, I wish peace with our Heavenly Father. Prayers are lifted for you all. I worked with David for 13 years. He was respected and admired. I am just so sorry.

  18. Sometimes there are no words that comfort a grieving heart. David was always so steady and strong. I thought he was a wonderful husband to Susan, he loved her so much. And he was a great Dad to Jared and Brittany. I am praying God’s peace and comfort for all of you. Today we see through a dark glass, but in Heaven we will see clearly. Love to you. Mitzie

  19. I was deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. David, may you rest in Peace.

  20. Sometimes there are no words that will comfort a grieving heart. David was always a calm and steadying influence. Susan, Jared and Brittany will miss him terribly. Rest peacefully David.

  21. Susan, we are truly sorry for your loss. May God’s grace and mercy comfort you, your children, and your grandchildren during this most difficult time. We are praying for you.

  22. Susan, Jared, and Brittany,
    I cannot process the news Jared called me with yesterday. It is impossible to understand and our hearts break for you. My last conversation with David was similar to the ones we have had over the course of our 36 year friendship. He was trying to find spots for several of his displaced coworkers, we talked about kids, GMAC days and getting older. I had know indication at all he was even remotely troubled.
    He was a great friend, a brilliant mind and a tremendous worker.
    I will miss him terribly.
    We pray for you and your family.

  23. Sad to learn of David’s passing. He was an easy going, good-natured teammate and a talented athlete. May he rest in peace.

  24. David and I have been friends for years. We met at GMAC and went through some supervisor training courses together in Detroit many years ago. We both moved on to other banks and led indirect lending operations. We spoke almost monthly to share success stories and challenges. David was a fantastic leader and a brilliant business man. I am so going to miss our talks! Rest In Peace my friend! Prayers for peace and comfort for his loving family.

  25. So very sorry for your loss. Lived up the road from David and his family on Cane Creek and went to high school together. Until we meet again, rest in peace Monk. 😪🙏

  26. David hired me at Amsouth in 1994, it was the best year and a half that I had in indirect lending. He was so easy to talk to and had such a great sense of humor. I always enjoyed going with him on dealer calls and the lunches at Granny Macs on Phillips Highway. A true gentleman and a great mind for banking, he will be missed by many that had the opportunity to cross paths with him

    • So sorry to hear of David’s passing. There Re so many stories that I have heard from him and my dad Keith. He was there when my dad passed way to soon. I’m sorry for your loss and hopefully they are reunited together!!

  27. My deepest sympathy to the Buchanan family. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. Angela Harris, Fidelity Bank.

  28. Susan, we are so sorry to receive the sad news about David. We will never forget the love and care you and David and Jared poured over our son, Drew. May our beloved Father in heaven pour His comfort over you and Jared, Julie & Brittany and the grandchildren. We are praying for all of you. Danny & Suellen Wilson Pierce

  29. Susan, Brittany and Jared. It was an honor to serve as David’s Administrative Assistant for 9 years. He taught me a lot about business, but mostly about life. I will be forever grateful for his mentorship, friendship and just being an awesome boss. My heart is broken today, but I will carry those life lessons he shared with me forever .

  30. Our deepest sympathies for your loss, Susan, Jared and Brittany. May Gods love and comfort be with you.
    From our first day at Montreat and through all the times that we and our families have shared together over the years – Thank you – for being David, My Friend.

  31. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. The news of David’s passing has been heartbreaking. David was truly a man of great knowledge and integrity. It was an honor to share his vision during our time at Fidelity Bank. We are all blessed in some way to have shared his journey. May we find peace in this time of loss.

  32. To Susan, Jared, Brittany, Annette, Judy, Gayle, Mike, and all the Buchanan family.

    Where do we even start. We are so very sorry for your loss and our hearts ache with yours. David was such a huge presence in all our lives. When we were together with David, we knew there was going to be laughter, kidding, and stories. David was a great man who was very thoughtful, giving, and loving. Lowell has fond memories that go all the way back to elementary school. David became his best friend and that friendship continued on. We have shared fun times, trips, and visits along the way. We will always hold David close in our hearts. He will truly be missed. We want all the family to know that we love you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lowell and Vicki Duncan.

  33. To the coolest uncle in the world. I still can’t believe that you’re gone but I know you’re in a better place. You taught me that no matter what happens to keep a smile on my face and to stay strong. I’ll never forget the many trips to Braves games we took, all the laughs we shared, and the many memories we shared. Love you Uncle David, and I can’t wait to see you again.

  34. I pray his family finds comfort in one another during these hard times. David was someone who emanated positive feelings. I sat around the corner from him at Fidelity Bank. Every time I saw him, he would smile and say Good Morning, followed by holding the door and letting others go before him. He was one of a kind. May his soul rest peacefully.

  35. To the family – I am so sorry for your loss which is a loss for us all. I worked for David for 20+ years. His advice and encouraging words were uplifting. He was a wealth of knowledge and didn’t mind sharing what he knew. Gone but not forgotten.

  36. I knew Dave as a great competitor and true professional in Indirect Automotive Lending. Dave led a great group at Fidelity. He always did lending the right way.

  37. So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Susan we are keeping you and your entire family in our prayers. May God give you all comfort in this time of loss and joy in the memories of the past. God bless.

  38. I am so sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful person, always willing to share guidance and experience. Loved his sense of humor! He will be missed.

  39. My sincere condolences to the family at this very difficult time. I was very saddened to hear of Davids passing. I am praying Gods peace for you Susan, Jared and Brittney. I worked at Fidelity Bank almost fifteen years for Davids department. He will be greatly missed.

  40. My sincere condolences to the family at this very difficult time. I was very saddened to hear of Davids passing. I am praying Gods peace for you Susan, Jared and Brittney. I worked at Fidelity Bank almost fifteen years for Davids department. May he rest in peace.

  41. To The Buchanan Family, words can not express how sorry we are for your loss. You all will remain in our prayers and We pray God will comfort you and give you peace that surpasses understanding. When I think of Mr. Buchanan, I’ll always remember him as a gentle giant! May he rest in peace.

  42. I am so sorry for your loss. David was such a fun loving friend in high school. May God give you peace and strength during this time.

  43. May God walk with you during this time in your lives. No words can ease the pain but God’s love and compassion will get you through this time in your lives. Rest In Peace David. Susan and family, lean on God, he helps us through the tough times.

  44. David will be missed tremendously. We worked together @ Fidelity for 23 years. David loved his job, his family and the Fidelity family. He was a very bright man who always had a plan. I pray for Peace and Comfort for the family. Rest In Peace David, I miss you.

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