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Sadness Throughout Marion County and Beyond

Bentley Buchanan. Photo shared by the Marion County School System

Funeral services for 17-year-old Bentley Buchanan, who passed away following a tragic car accident on Friday, will be held Monday afternoon at the Marion County High School gymnasium. Buchanan was a Senior at MCHS and a member of both the Lady Warriors Basketball and Volleyball teams.

MCHS held a candlelight vigil in memory of Buchanan inside the gym on Saturday.

Marion Co High School will dismiss at 10:00 am CST. This is to accommodate the Buchanan family’s wish to hold Bentley’s funeral service on campus.

Buses will run for students who ride them home.

Her mother, Allison Ferrell Buchanan, is a member of the city council in South Pittsburg. All City of South Pittsburg Offices and Departments will close Monday, December 4th, 2023, at 11:00 am to honor the Buchanan family.

South Pittsburg Academy Girls and Boys have canceled all games on Monday, December 4th, with CSLA to allow family and friends to be able to attend the funeral.


Bentley Olivia Buchanan, 17, of South Pittsburg, TN, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 1, 2023.

Bentley, better known as “BOB” by her family, was well-known in the community both for her serving spirit and her love for animals, especially her dog Zara. There is nothing Bentley would not do for others. It was one of her best features outside of her honesty. Those who knew Bentley knew if you didn’t want an honest answer, you had better not ask. Oh, how she could light up a room with her smile. Bentley captured our hearts as a little girl and rattled our minds as a teenager.

Bentley was a Senior at Marion County High School, where she played Volleyball and Basketball. Like most Seniors, the best part of school was seeing her friends. Bentley worked at Tails Up where she truly enjoyed looking after and caring for her K9 family.

Bentley is deeply loved by her parents, Steven Buchanan and Allison Ferrell Buchanan, and siblings, Katlin, Corbin, and Blake Buchanan. She was cherished and spoiled by her grandparents Roy and Linda Ferrell, better known as Papa and Noni, and will be greatly missed by her aunts and uncles, Debra (Troy) Price, Portia Hamilton, Kevin (Sandy) Ferrell, Chris Ferrell, and Kelby Ferrell (Fiancé Tracy Rittenberry).

She is preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, James and Cleo Ferrell; paternal grandparents, George and Patricia Buchanan; her maternal great-aunt, Rosemary Beck; and her cousin Jonathan “Chase” Hamilton.

Bentley loved her family and friends, but it was her mother that gave her strength. Her mother was truly her best friend. While her mother was her best friend, she was her daddy’s twin. She was a daddy’s girl, even though neither of them would admit it. Bentley had the ability to get whatever she wanted from her daddy and would make him believe it was all his idea.

Bentley will be forever missed by so many and live in the hearts and minds of those who knew her best.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. (CST) at the Marion County High School Gymnasium, 160 Ridley Dr, Jasper, TN 36347, with Reverend Jeff Lane officiating.

Interment will follow at Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens in Jasper, TN.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CST) prior to the service at the Marion County High School, 160 Ridley Dr., Jasper, TN 37347

Pallbearers will be Justin Hamilton, Jalen Hamilton, Landon Price, Chance Hamilton, TJ Fuller, Hunter Kelly, Sawyer Kelly, and Tucker Kelly.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Chase Ferrell, Brody Leonard, Tim Starkey, Jimet Young, and Robert Flowers.

Flower girls will be Olivia Bass, Jana Peacock, Zaya Hill, Kaydence Ferrell, Gigi Tucker, Alex Simmons, Aliah Price, Ashlyn Rossitto, Kelsey Ferrell, and Hannah Ferrell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tails Up Pet Resort & Spaw, 1115 Willow Ave, South Pittsburg, TN 37380, or Marion Animal Resource Connection, 225 Sequatchie LN, Sequatchie, TN 37347.

Arrangements are entrusted to Rogers Funeral Home, 400 Laurel Ave, South Pittsburg, TN 37380 (423) 837-7176.