Curtis “Buck” Buchanan

Curtis “Buck” Buchanan, 83, of Texas City passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, January 23, 2022 in Texas City.  He was born March 12, 1938 in Hearne, Texas to Frank and Gladys Buchanan.

Curtis was a resident of Texas City since 1946. He started working at Union Carbide in 1958 as a pipe-fitter and retired from there as Emergency Director in 1996. He served 20 years on the Board of Directors for Carbide Employees Federal Credit Union and later Associated Credit Union of Texas. He was part owner of Buchanan & Watts Camper Sales of Texas City for many years. He was also an active member of First Baptist Church Texas City for over 60 years.

Curtis’s first loves were his wife and family. He was on the first little league baseball team, Carbide Pirates, formed in Texas City in 1949, and his love for baseball continued throughout his life. His love for golf began as a young caddie at the Texas City golf course on Bay Street and evolved into him being an avid golfer for most of his life. He was known as “The Singer Man” for his love and talent for restoring antique sewing machines. Curtis had a gift for building and repairing that had no end. In his later years, he and Wanda enjoyed growing and sharing plumerias with others.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Mavis Delaune, Juanita Miles and Betty Ruth Wingate, and brothers: Harold Buchanan, John Buchanan and Lewis Buchanan. Curtis is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wanda Buchanan, daughters: Gail Gerky (Joe) and Melisa Harvey (Randy), brother, Robert Buchanan (Elizabeth), grandchildren: Brook Gerky (Lisa), Meridith Wade (Will), Madison Gerky (Wil), Morgan Gerky (Chris), Erin Sharpe (Matthew), Shannon Tidwell (Cody) and Rachel Harvey, and great-grandchildren: Makayla, Kenley, Connor, Brayton and coming soon great-granddaughter, Lyla.

The family would like to send love and deep gratitude to the Hospice Care Team of Texas City, especially Robert, Gwen, Kelly and Renee, for the amazing care and support they provided Curtis and Wanda.

A Memorial Visitation will be on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 12Noon – 2:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque.  Memorial Service will be follow at 2:00pm with Pastor Dennis Johns officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Care Team, Inc. or First Baptist Church Texas City.


  1. I knew and respected Curtis all our school years and on into our Sr years. I especially admired his low-key personality and his athleticism.
    I loved playing golf with him during the years of our 1956 TCHS graduation class Golf Tournaments.
    I’m saddened at his death, but know his faith in our Lord Jesus Christ will usher him into God’s heaven. Moreover, one day all of us guys and gals who were kids together and grew into Great Grandparents status together will celebrate eternal life together.
    To God Be The Glory.
    Pastor Charles Wisdom
    TCHS Grad; 1956

    Charles Wisdom
  2. I knew Curtis as a pipe fitter as working with him when he was on the board of directors at the credit union. My prayers are with Wanda and family

    Rod and sandy morgan
  3. Wanda, I am so sorry for your loss of Curtis. So glad that we got to visit at our last class reunion so that we could catch up. Know that this hasn’t been easy, but we do have the advantage of having had fine Christian husbands and knowing that we will see them again. God bless you. I’ll be upholding you in my prayers. Love, Carolyn

    Carolyn Norton Kitzman
  4. My deepest sympathy to my dear friend Melisa Harvey. We have been friends since High School and have remained such. Mr. Buchanan was a great father and provider for his family. I love this family and wish nothing but blessings upon you. God be with you in this your time of loss and bereavement.

    Kevin Sandles
  5. Wanda, May you sense the Lord’s loving presence today, keeping you close to His heart, assuring you of His tender care, and covering you with His grace. I am so sorry for your loss of Curtis. So many flashbacks of special memories of our childhood spent at Mom’s and Aunt Sissies in Texas City. You and Curtis shared a very, very special live together. Love every memory while taking time to grieve. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Sending all my Love,
    Carolyn Couch Henson

    Carolyn Couch Henson
  6. So many happy memories of school days with Curtis. Always friendly and had a smile.
    My sincere regards to the Family at this sad time and loss. Heaven has gained a lovely man. Sincerely, Sylvia Newsome Smith

    Sylvia Smith
  7. Wanda, I was saddened to hear this news. I grew up with Curtis and spent many seasons watching him play with the Pirates Little League team with my brother. He will be missed by all of us, especially your family. Heaven gained a wonderful man. Sincerely, Sandra

    Sandra D. Smith
  8. My brother Allan and Buck were friends in their early days through high school. Curtis would come by the house and on several occasions my dad was showing him how to throw a knuckle ball. I was 6 or 7 years old but it still sticks in my mind! Sorry for his family’s loss!

    Mike Pevoto
  9. Wanda, Gail, Melisa and Family, so sorry to learn of Curtis’ passing. He was such a kind and gentle man and I know will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Sixth Avenue former neighbors,
    Paul& Olivia Selman and Family

    Olivia Selman

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