Guard Nolan Buckhanan

Guard Nolan Buckhanan

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, June 14, 1972

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Nolan Buckhanan

Nolan Buckhanan was on picket duty when the shotgun he was cleaning accidentally discharged and killed him at 3:00 pm.

Buckhanan was a United States World War II Army veteran and had served as a guard at the Eastham Prison Farm in Weldon, Houston County, by the Texas Department of Corrections (present-day Texas Department of Criminal Justice). He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, stepfather, three half-brothers, and five grandchildren.

He was buried in the Pilgrim Cemetery in Elkhart, Anderson County.


  • Age 52
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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Nolan Buckhanan was my Father (DAD). I did not know this existed. He was a great Dad and tried to raise me right. He loved his family and worked very hard to support them. I loved him very much and I am sure he was proud of me. There is so much more to the story, But just let me say he was the one influence in my life. Rest in peace Dad, and you are the reason for the person I turned out to be.

Capt. TDCJ (Retired)

September 3, 2022

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