Grocer remembered as having ‘serving heart'

By Ja’Rena Lunsford Published: October 13, 2007
Grocer Jack Buchanan didn't know how to say "No.” It was that inability that made him such a community leader, one that will be missed by many.

Buchanan, 86, died Friday.

Steve Buchanan said his father was a man of high integrity who instilled the importance of hard work and courtesy in everyone he met.

"He was willing to do just about anything for anyone,” Buchanan said.

Steve Buchanan said he attributes his success as a businessman to his father's teachings. "He's the one who laid down the basics, the business ethics and how to deal with the community,” he said.

Jack Buchanan was born Dec. 8, 1920, and by age 10 he was working in the meat department of his father's Oklahoma City grocery store. After World War II, he went on to operate his own Buchanan Food Mart.

The Buchanan family closed its last grocery store in 2000, but not before Jack Buchanan made an impression on young workers such as Steve Turner. Turner worked at one of the five Buchanan Food Marts for three years during high school.

"It was just an incredible experience for all the young men who worked there,” Turner said.

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