June 2, 1939 ~ June 4, 2019

Resided in: Asheville, NC

It is with great sadness that the family of Lula Mae McGuire Buchanan (known to friends as “Lou”) announces her passing on June 4, 2019, at the age of 80 years. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family.

Lou will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend of 58 years, Roger, and their three children, Bobby Buchanan and his wife, Kim, of Weaverville, Regina Buchanan of Asheville, and Sallie Buchanan Johnson and her husband, Matthew, of Summerfield, NC. She will also be fondly remembered by her pride and joys, her four grandchildren: Robert Buchanan II, Hannah Johnson, Jacob Johnson and Sarah Buchanan. Lou was preceded in death by her four siblings, Della McGuire Redden, Mickey McGuire, Lawrence McGuire, and Sallie McGuire Ladd.

Originally from West Virginia, Lou was an Army wife and saw the world beside her husband Roger. When Roger retired from the military in 1975, they moved from Germany to Asheville where they have been since. Lou worked as a nutritionist for over twenty years at the Buncombe County Juvenile Detention Center, where she provided meals (and birthday cakes) to all under her care.

Her enjoyment in life was making baked goods and home cooked food for everyone, seeing them smile and ask for the recipe. She published a cookbook appropriately named “I Want That Recipe” in 2011. She has been an active member of Pole Creek Baptist Church for the last 38 years and will be sorely missed by all that knew her.

The service to celebrate the life of Lula Mae McGuire Buchanan will be held at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue on Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m., with Reverend Dennis Thurman officiating. Visitation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pole Creek Baptist Church, Building Fund, 96 Snow Hill Church Rd., Candler, NC 28715.


Celebration of Life: June 8, 2019 7:00 pm

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


Visitation: June 8, 2019 7:45 pm

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


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  1. Dear Family, we are so sad at the loss of Lou. She was a very special lady and we loved her dearly. We are glad we have the promise and assurance of being with her again in Heaven.

  2. So sorry that Lou has left us on this earth, but so thankful that we can see her and be wth her again in Heaven. Prayers for Roger an family. Ray and Jean Fowler.

  3. My Dad, “Little Joe” Brown, welcomed her to Heaven I’m sure. We miss them so much, but they are pain free and cancer free now.

  4. She was always such a kind and gracious woman to me. I will miss her. My prayers for all of you during this sad time

  5. So sorry for your loss! Lou was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. Roger, Sally and Regina I pray God be with you in this loss. We all know Lou is in a better place buy you will miss her. She would want you all to go in and live a great life.

  6. Oh Bobby I’m so sorry to hear this. What a precious soul your mom was, always a smile and a hug. She was so very special to everyone that met her!! I’m so sorry for your loss and I will continue to pray for you and your family especially your sweet Daddy!!

  7. Bless you in your loss of Lou. I hope you will find comfort knowing she is with Christ now.We will be thinking of you.

  8. Judy Buchanan, sister of Linda Holland. I am sorry for your loss and prayers for your family. Bobby, I am sorry for your loss. Much love, Judy.

  9. I am sorry to hear of Lua passing and Heaven has gain another of His. I will surely miss seeing her and will see her in Heaven some day. Roger and family my prayers are with you Hallie

  10. Dear Roger, Sally, Tebina and Bobby, I sat to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember the first time you all came to Emma Baptist Church! Your mom was a genuinely sweet lady and you certainly had a great role model. I’m sorry we cant attend services. We live in Florida now. Praying for all of you! Love and blessings!

  11. To The Buchanan and Johnson Families:
    I am so, so sorry to hear this sad news about Lou. I am thankful to have been blessed to have known her and enjoyed her friendship.
    You can take comfort in knowing how very much she loved and treasured each of you. You made her proud!
    Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers and prayers.
    Blessing to you!
    Debby Burchfield

  12. Sending your family hugs and prayers!
    Your mom was so sweet and genuine!
    She left behind a great legacy that you will carry on forever.

  13. Dear Roger and family,
    Sorry to hear of Mrs Lou’s passing. Indeed a sweet lady. When we joined Pole Creek y’all were always so welcoming to us and a joy to see every Sunday. May GOD comfort your family in knowing y’all will see her again in Heaven.
    Love in Christ
    Mary and Jerry Frady

  14. Sorry to hear of Lou’s passing, we went to church with her at Emma Baptist Church many years ago. Loved Lou and her family. She was a very dear christian lady. She will be greatly missed by all. Tom & Mary Hughes

  15. So sorry to hear about Lou She was such a sweet lady I enjoyed my visits with her My prayers & thoughts are with each of you I pray for God’s comfort in the darkest days

  16. Pat, Annette and Michael,
    May God give you peace in the passing of your loved one. Cherish the memories you all shared and comfort in knowing you will see her again.

  17. Sallie – We are deeply sadden by the passing of your wonderful, sweet, giving mother. Please know you, Roger, Matt, Hannah, Jacob, as well as Regina and Bobby and all who knew and loved your mom are in our continued prayers. I hope it is comforting that you were able to spend so much time with your mom over the years, and especially recently, including your mother’s day celebration and her birthday. God bless you and keep you, and may he hold Lou in his loving and comforting arms.

  18. We are so very saddened by your loss. We hope that you find comfort in her great memory and the joy she brought you all each day.

    You all will be in our constant thoughts and prayers and please let us know if you need anything in this time.

  19. We are so saddened by your loss. I hope you feel surrounded by much love during this difficult time. She is in a much better place. I hope these days are filled with memories of the joy she brought each day.

    You all are in our constant thoughts and prayers and if you need anything at all in these times, please reach out.

  20. Aunt Sylvia told me that Lula Mae has gone on to heaven. My condolences for the your loss of a wonderful person. I did not see often, but it was always a pleasure. To all the family, I will keep you in my prayers. May God give you peace and be assured Lula is smiling and knowing she will see you all again one day.

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