Lillian Ruth Buchanan Burleson, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2023 at Trinity Ridge following a period of declining health.

Lillian was born on June 22, 1937 in Mitchell County, NC to the late Lynn and Hattie McClurd Buchanan. She was a homemaker for many years, a seamstress and provided care as a home health aide.

She is preceded in death by her husband, George Burleson; son, Barry Burleson; brothers, Millard Buchanan, Ralph Buchanan, Tarp Buchanan, Bruce Buchanan, Henry Buchanan, Denver Buchanan, Robert Buchanan; sisters, Maggie Butler, Edna Gilliland and Gail Wise.

Those left to cherish her memory are daughters, Joan Burleson and Lisa Wright; sons, Russell Burleson, Benjamin Burleson and wife Rita; grandsons, Jake and Zeb Wright, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Eddie Wise for the compassionate care given to Lillian.

Funeral services for Lillian will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 8, 2023, at Abee’s Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Land officiating. Interment will follow at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 in Cane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Bakersville, NC.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 8, 2023, from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. at Abee’s Chapel Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Abee’s Chapel Baptist Church, 4229 Mineral Springs Mountain Rd, Connelly Springs, NC 28612.

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Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.