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October 04, 2019


Norah LeRoy Buchanan
July 19, 1932 - October 01, 2019

The steps of a good  man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way.-Psalm 37:23

Norah LeRoy Buchanan's journey came to an end on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond, LA.  He was born on July 19, 1932 to the late Prince and Jessye Jackson Buchanan in Wilmer, LA.  He confirmed his faith as a teenager and united with the Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of Rev. D.J. Johnson.

Norah attended school in the Tangipahoa Parish School System.  He also served his country in  the United States Army in Korea.  He was in combat during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954.  After returning from service, he graduated in the first class of West Side High School in 1955, from there he attended Grambling State University.

Norah and Catherine were united in holy matrimony on July 19, 1957. To this union two daughters were born.

Today we pay tribute to a man who has lived among us as "one who went about doing good".  He showed much love and compassion to others, and a willingness to do whatever he was asked to do.  He served in numerous positions in the church: Choir, Usher Board, Finance Department, and Grounds Keeper.

Job Affiliations: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Department-He worked 21 Years as a Deputy Dispatcher and Funeral Escort. Other jobs included a Tangipahoa Parish Bus Driver, Cross Country Truck Driver, A & P Milk Plant Worker, Blossom Gas Company delivery driver and Inland Steel Mill worker in Chicago, IL.  In his retirement years you could often find him doing his favorite pastime, patrolling the community.

As parents, Norah and Catherine vowed, pledged, and promised to religiously educate their children.  This was done from infancy to as long as they remained under the roof.  Solomon admonished, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it".-Proverbs 22:6.

He leaves to cherish his memories: His devoted wife of 62 years, Catherine C. Buchanan.  Two daughters, LaNora Thomas of Lewisville, TX and Shanda B. Wright (Ralph) of Flower Mound, TX.  Three grandchildren, Lauren Hayes of Red Oak, TX, and Blake and Mikayla Wright of Flower Mound, TX.  Two great grandchildren Daylen Hunt and Kali'Tah Clemons of Red Oak Texas.  One god-child, Tiffany Harris of Philadelphia, PA. One sister, Albertha Daniel of Decatur, GA. One brother-in-law, James Kemp. Seven sister-in-law, Amie Buchanan, Willie Mae Conerly, Betty Urqhart, Mae Helen Kemp, Joyce Conerly, Vera Conerly, Jessie Dean Conerly and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceeded in death by his father, mother, two brothers, Joseph and Charles, two sisters; Ruth and Georgia Maye.

Services will be at Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Kentwood, Louisiana. Visitation will be on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Funeral will be Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Cook Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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