Janice Buckhanan

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2020

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hill, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth” (Psalms 121: 1-2).

God sent more love into the world on Aug. 2, 1951, when Janice Marilyn was born to the late Oscar and Geneva Peyton. With devotion and love, she joined in wedlock with Willie Buckhanan for 46 years. To their union, two blessings were given to them, Sonia Latief and Christhopher Aaron Buckhanan.

Janice was a graduate of Central Memorial High School and furthered her education at Grambling State University. She majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Math. Further more, expanding her education, she also studied in Reading for the Disadvantage with the Grambling Teacher’s Corps at Byrd Jones Lame School in Monroe for three years.

Seeking the Lord’s guidance, she asked God for a school where she could make a difference. She was hired at Enon Elementary School for 33 years, receiving the Teacher of the Year award twice.

She is a lifetime member of Second Missionary Baptist Church. She humbly serves as Senior Mission President. She has served as Sunday School Teacher for the Adult Women Class, a member of the Senior Choir, Announcement Clerk, and Program Committee. She was a faithful member of the Citywide Prayer Band. Her scripture that she lived by is Psalm 121. In a great measure of dedication, she also faithfully attended Sunday School at Mt. Bethel M.B.C. and then would go to her home church, Second Missionary Baptist Church, to continue seeking and learning the Word of God.

Janice leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Willie Buckhanan of Bogalusa; two children, Sonia Buckhanan of Columbia, Miss., and Chris Buckhanan of Houston, Texas; five siblings, Alvin (Judy) Peyton of Washington, Raymond (Mildred) Peyton of Oklahoma City, Okla., Cedric (Leatrice) Peyton of South Carolina, Sherrell and Kimberly Peyton of Bogalusa, and Paulina Jones of The Villages, Fla.; one grandchild, Jhalia Buckhanan of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Oscar and Geneva Peyton.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa. The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home chapel.

The Rev. Darrell Self will officiate and the Rev. Christopher Matthews will bring the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Bogalusa Cemetery. Sign the guestbook online at www.cookrichmondfuneralhome.com.

Cook-Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.