Raleigh and Magdalene (Maggie) Buchanan of Franklin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2011. To celebrate their Golden Anniversary, a reception will be held in their honor on June 18, at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of lotla Baptist Church in Franklin. All friends and family are invited to attend. Raleigh and Maggie have asked for no gifts, but that of your presence and to be with them as they celebrate their special day.
The high school sweethearts, became engaged on Maggie’s graduation night. A year later, June 25, 1961, they were married by the late Rev. C.T. Taylor in his home. After only a few short days of marriage, Raleigh was called to serve in the U.S. Army, July 10. Maggie traveled alone for the first time on a train to join Raleigh after he was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. There they met life-long family friends, the late Katie and Harold Quick, also from North Carolina. Their friendship was immediate, yet lasting as it still continues today through the Quicks’ sons and grandchildren.
After Raleigh was discharged in 1963, they returned to Franklin to make their home as a young family with their only child Donna. Through the years, Raleigh became very knowledgeable and skilled with car mechanics and car body work, and as he worked at Motor Parts & Equipment until retirement. Maggie worked at Burlington Industries and was employed in several restaurant management positions until her retirement from Fulenwider Enterprises just a few years ago.
Today they reside in Maggie’s childhood home on Wayah Street in Franklin.
Even though they are retired they stay quite busy gardening, tirelessly devoting themselves to their church, lotla Baptist and seeking opportunities to create memorable times with friends and their daughter, Donna and her husband, Gary. They also treasure the time spent with their three granddaughters, Jennifer, Heather and Andrea. When given the opportunity Raleigh can be found on the mountains in Macon County searching for ginseng. Likewise, you will find Maggie either gardening or cooking tasty meals in her church kitchen.
Raleigh is the son of the late Ellis and Ruby Buchanan of lotla Valley and Franklin. Maggie is the daughter of the late Lon and Artie Seagle of Barkers Creek in Whittier and Franklin.
When asked how they have had a successful marriage for 50 years they replied, “It is just not one thing, but many that have to come together. Always being there for each other, realizing the commitment that we made to one another from the first day and being dedicated to love each other no matter what we have faced through the years has led us to where we are. It is a lot of compromising as well as a lot of give and take. We tried to make our relationship work each day and to focus on the positives more than the negatives. We made a point to enjoy and share the simple things in life, but most importantly, to put God as the primary focus in our marriage.”