Melba Buchanan Rhyne

Age: 88
Address: Spruce Pine
Date of Death: Monday, July 22, 2013
Arrangements: Webb Funeral Home

Details:  Melba Buchanan Rhyne formerly of the Minpro Community in Spruce Pine, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation of Spruce Pine, NC. Melba and her husband, the late Ronald Rhyne, Sr. were reunited on this day in heaven which would have been their 69th wedding anniversary. A native of Mitchell County she was the daughter of the late Willard and Vaultie Wilson Buchanan. Additionally she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joe, Jim, and Willard Buchanan, Jr., a sister; Lela Duncan and a son-in-law; Bill Saylor. She was a member of the Pine Branch Baptist Church.
     She is survived by her son; Ronald A. Rhyne, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Marion; a daughter; Gail Saylor of Hilton Head, SC; sisters Marie Sparks of Bakersville, Joyce Buchanan of Spruce Pine and Phyllis Sarovy of Kempner, TX and brother Jack Buchanan, of Christiansburg, VA. She is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Memorial services for Mrs. Rhyne will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 27th in the Pine Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Williams officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the service hour at the church.
     In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 611, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
     The family would like to extend a special; ‘Thank You’ to Dr. James Carroll, the staff of Brian Center and to Rev. Steve Williams.
     Condolences may be e-mailed by going to the website;, selecting obituaries, and clicking on the name you wish to view and sign the guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC is assisting the Rhyne family.

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