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Mary Lois Tharpe Crenshaw Buchannan

September 2, 1933 — January 2, 2022

Mary Lois Tharpe Crenshaw Buchannan

Mary Lois Tharpe Crenshaw Buchannan danced her way to heaven on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at the age of 88 years. Born in Saxe, VA on September 2, 1933, Lois was a redhead in every sense of the word and if you knew her, you never forgot her.

As a young wife and mother, she and her first husband Claude “Chuck” Crenshaw owned and operated an Esso Service Station in Drakes Branch. In the early 1970’s, she began her work as an Employment Recruiter (Headhunter) of computer professionals in Richmond, VA for DPME, and later Durrell & Associates. She put her many contacts and encyclopedic memory for numbers to good use and was a very successful professional career woman.

In 1988 Lois remarried, to her high school sweetheart David Buchannan, the love of her life. Their 8 short years together were her happiest. After David passed, Lois moved to Urbanna, VA; when she wasn’t working in daughter Jennifer’s retail store, she loved fishing, dancing and volunteering for any worthy cause.

Lois never backed down from a fight, she loved fiercely, and had a wicked sense of humor.  She was tough but generous to a fault, and if you needed her help, she was there. She will be sorely missed by many friends and family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tucker Nelson and Mary Myrtle Bigger Tharpe and brother Tucker Watkins Tharpe. She is survived by son Glenn Elton Crenshaw (Loretta), daughter Jennifer Sue Millington Bridgforth (Bill), and grandchildren Ian Vaughan Millington (Sarah Price) and McKenna Elise Millington Overton (Taylor). A memorial will be held at Clover Cemetery in Clover, VA on September 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm. Memorial donations can be made to the Middlesex (VA) Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 71, Urbanna, VA 23175.

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Arrangements are by:  Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592

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