Michael Anthony Buchanan Sr., 61, died April 12, 2019, in Fayetteville. He was born February 19, 1957, to Carl and Dorthy Buchanan.
He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and earned an associate’s degree. He was a generous, warm hearted individual who always had a smile on his face. He was so passionate about sports that he umpired and refereed games all over Northwest Arkansas. Michael was always a joy to be around and his humor and positive attitude always lit up the room.
Friends and classmates recalled his “kind and caring nature, and his ferocious competitive spirit and talent.” On the football team, his jersey was No. 1, and he played like it. He also ran track and field.
His long-time friend, Greg Flowers, was born three days earlier than Michael and died two years ago. Back in 1964, Flowers and Buchanan attended a Boys Club summer camp just before first grade. Greg called Michael “mashed potatoes” and Michael called Greg “gravy.”
Survivors included two sons, Micheal Anthony Buchanan Jr. and Tyron Mahone, and one daughter, Miranda Reamy. His service was held Saturday, April 20, at the Church of Christ in Fayetteville.