Ila Buchanan, 81, of Sylva, formerly of Asheville, died Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Morning Star Assisted Living. A native of Jackson County, she lived most of her life in Buncombe County. She was the daughter of the late Thad and Letha McMahan Buchanan. Ila was retired from Mills Manufacturing. She was preceded in death by one brother Glen O. Buchanan. She loved the outdoors, hiking, and deep sea fishing, her flowers and especially her family.
Ila is survived by two sisters, Verna B. Bryson and Betty Ruth Warren of Sylva, four brothers, Roger A. Buchanan of Asheville, Dan F. Buchanan and Early L. Buchanan of Sylva, and Howard D. Buchanan of Jacksonville Ark.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 9, 2013 in the Melton Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend David Souderes officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm prior to the service. Burial will follow at Greens Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Bryson, Danny Buchanan, Steve Buchanan, Bobby Buchanan, Aaron Bryson, Robert Buchanan, Dustin Bryson, and Beau Buchanan.
Memorials may be made to the Greens Creek Baptist Church Cemetery care of Gerald Green, 56 Lotus Dr. Sylva, NC 28779.
Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family.