Ser v ices for James L ouis Buchanan, 65, were held Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Thorndale with Rev. Jeremy Sheppard officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Retreat Cemetery.

Mr. Buchanan died Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

He was born July 31, 1945, to Ernest and Matilda (Kropp) Buchanan.

Mr. Buchanan was born and raised in Thorndale and lived there most of his life.

He married Alice Joyce Stolle on June 5, 1965, at Richland Church near Rice’s Crossing.

Mr. Buchanan did construction work for several years, then went to work at A lcoa for 15 years.

He also farmed watermelons and was know as the “ Watermelon Man.”

Mr. Buchanan enjoyed his children and grandchildren, deer hunting, fishing, the Dallas Cowboys, gardening, cooking, canning and his dogs. He was well known for his salsa.

Mr. Buchanan was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Doyle Buchanan; and three sisters, Laverne Beard, Gloria Peacock and Hazel Raesz.

Survivors are his wife, Alice Stolle Buchanan of Thorndale; two sons, Roland Buchanan and wife Dana of Portland, Jerome Buchanan and wife Randa of Thorndale; three daughters, Carrie Kiesling and husband Kevin of Thorndale, Rhonda Stromsness and husband Scot of Hutto, Jenna Menzel and husband Kevin of Arlington; a sister, Marjorie Baggett of Gatesville; and 15 grandchildren, Jacob Kiesling, Chase Kiesling, Ashton Kiesling, Cole Buchanan, Ty Buchanan, Brady Buchanan, Kylie Buchanan, Rainey Buchanan, Tristyn Buchanan, Tyler Stromsness, Molly Stromsness, Kaleb Menzel, Jared Menzel, Nathan Menzel and Madelin Menzel.

Pallbearers were Kevin Kiesling, Scot Stromsness, Kevin Menzel, Edward Weise, Bobby Lincoln and Randy Schramm.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Local Mission of Evangelism & Outreach, P.O. Box 217, Thorndale, T X 76577.

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