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December 6, 1940 ~ September 25, 2022

Mary Barbara Buchanan Knight, 81, of Sanford, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Lee County, NC to the late Lennie Buchanan and Alice Jones Buchanan. Mrs. Knight worked at Federal Spinning. She is preceded in death by her husband, Junior “Simon” Knight, son Rex Wyatt Knight, sister Maggie Lee Poindexter, Mattie Capps, and Betty Joyce Hensley; brother Bennie Buchanan and Lloyd Buchanan.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Thomas, Donna Knight, Paula Sloan, all of Sanford, Penny Sowards of Suffolk, VA; brothers, Buddy Buchanan of Broadway and Billy Buchanan of Richmond; sisters, Evie Belle Hodges of Cameron and Lorena Oakley of Sanford; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at the First Apostolic Church, 11:30 am, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, with Pastor George Akers presiding. Burial was in Lee Memory Gardens.

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