Harold Buchanan

06/08/1930 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 06/03/2020
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
  • Graveside Service
Date: 06/03/2020
Time: 2:30 pm
 – 3:30 pm


The family of Harold Buchanan will celebrate his life of 89 years at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Lake Ridge Chapel. He passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020. In support of community health, social distancing requirements set by Governor Abbott will be observed. The service will be live-streamed and available for thirty days on this page.  You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting this icon.

Harold Jonce Buchanan, Sr. was born on June 8th, 1930 to Albert and Effie Rollins Buchanan in Snyder, Texas. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Velma Thompson, Jewel “Sis” Moore, and five brothers, Jess “Snooks”, Doyle, Houston “Buddy”, Billy James, and Kenneth.  Harold had his first job at the local newspaper, Scurry County Times. He graduated from Snyder High School in 1948. At the age of 19 Harold started his own commercial printing business in Snyder. Shortly after starting his business he was drafted into the army and proudly served our country for two years. In 1953 he met and married the love of his life, Genell Bell, and they were married for 67 years. Harold and Genell owned and operated Buchanan Printing in Snyder from 1968-1995. After retiring, they lived in Carrollton, Hillsboro, and eventually made Lubbock their home.

Harold was a member of The Snyder Lions Club, a square dance club, and an Airstream club serving briefly as president. He was a private pilot for 15+ years while living in Snyder.  As a veteran, Harold was privileged to take the Texas South Plains Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2016.   He enjoyed traveling, fishing, woodworking in his shop, listening to bluegrass music, performing with Genell as Porter Wagner and Dolly Parton, and spending time with family. He was a member of Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock. Despite battling cancer for several years, Harold maintained his positive attitude and endearing sense of humor. He was a loving husband, proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Harold was a special person and loved by family and friends alike.

Survivors include his wife, Genell Buchanan; their son, Butch Buchanan and wife, Cheryl; their daughter, Pamela Bunch and husband, Win; and their son, Dennis Buchanan and wife, Kim Beth; five grandchildren, Justin Buchanan and wife, Jo Ellen; Allison and Elizabeth Buchanan; Jodi Hartman and husband, James; Courtney Thurman and husband, Cole; and six great-grandchildren, Harrison Buchanan, Wyatt Hartman, Lexington Hartman, Chisum Hartman, Emerson Thurman, and Rhone Thurman.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars https://www.vfw.org/.

Celebration of Life


9 thoughts on “Harold Buchanan”

  1. Harold was a polite and courteous, determined person who enjoyed life to the fullest.
    He and Genell were master joke tellers., one of them would start a joke and setup the other to deliver the punch line.
    They were amazing performers as “Porter Wagner and Dolly Parton” and presented their professional program MANY TIMES.
    Genell was always an excellent care taker for Harold through his courageous battle with cancer

  2. Tom & Sheryl Womack

    A fun-loving, gentle fellow that Tom and I did not know for a very long time, but so enjoyed being around he and Genell. Just to know that he is home and no longer in pain is a comfort. Genell, our heart goes out to you and your sweet family as you grieve your loss. Farewell, Harold (Porter), until we meet again.

  3. Many of us knew Mr. Buchanan only through his daughter, Pamela Bunch. However, we gained great respect for the man he was in listening to how he was loved. His loss was a loss to many.

  4. Our great friend and his daughter, Pamela Bunch spoke of her father often in the most loving and respectful words and phrases. She kept us up to date on his treatments and condition. While inevitable his passing brings a feeling of loss for many who never met him. Our love and condolence go out to Pamela and Win. May God’s grace be with you and your family as you work thru your understandable grief

  5. Harold was a wonderful person! I so enjoyed playing games with him and Genell, especially Joker. Genell may God give you peace to know he’s home and no longer in pain.

  6. What a beautiful service for a very humble man. God’s speed Harold. Genell, we were caretakers for our husbands We did our best and I know that they both have remembered our love for them.

  7. Harold and Genell were my neighbors at Raider Ranch. Harold had a beautiful sense of humor that we will all miss! He is at peace. I was blessed to meet his daughter, Pam, and his sons, Butch and Dennis and their spouses.

  8. Genell , Harold ‘s service was good- we have shared so many wonderful times together as a joined family. You have 3 wonderful kids and I am the lucky one to count Dennis as my other son. Now He and my Kim Beth, have a beautiful family that has brought us a very long list of blessings. I am so happy that you are settled at Raider Ranch. You will have a strong support group of friends that understand your needs and feelings. I found that was so true after I lost my husband. We both live in very caring homes. Our children take such care of us,but now we have new ways of living. I love you Genell , know you are in my prayers. ????Rilda Moore

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