Sylvia Darnell Buchanan, 76, of Concord died Oct. 20, 2021.
She was born on Oct. 31, 1944, daughter, of the late Howard and Evelyn Buchanan of Sylva, N.C. She passed away from pneumonia and congestive heart failure while at Five Oaks Manor Skilled Nursing in Concord.
Sylvia is survived by her sister, Debbie Killian; brother-in-law, Don Killian; niece, Devon Killian; and nephew, Derrick Killian and wife Tasha.
Sylvia grew up in Sylva, N.C., and graduated valedictorian in her senior class at Sylva-Webster High School and Magna Cum Laude from Western Carolina University.
Sylvia did her vocational training at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., and worked 13 years as a medical technologist in hematology until a work related accident led to permanent disability.
Sylvia suffered with rheumatoid arthritis from the early age of 9 and lived most of her life dealing with pain and multiple surgeries.
She is now with her Lord and free from all pain and suffering.
There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at East Fork Cemetery, Sylva, N.C.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to help fight rheumatoid arthritis https://www.helpfightra.org; or to East Fork Cemetery Fund, c/o Randall Buchanan, 761 East Fork Road, Sylva, NC 28779
James Funeral Home of Huntersville served the family.