The Rev. Clarence Edward Buxton, 89, the rector of the historic Pohick Church in Lorton from 1940 to 1956, died of cardiovascular disease Saturday at the Sleepy Hollow Manor Nursing Home in Annandale.

Mr. Buxton, who lived in Springfield from his retirement from Pohick until he moved to Sleepy Hollow about a year ago, was born in Bristol, N.H. He graduated from Harvard University and the Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1917.

He was in the Army in World War I and was wounded in France. He was decorated by the U.S. and French governments.

After the war he served in parishes in Kentucky, North Carolina and in various parts of Virginia before becoming rector of the Pohick Church in 1940. The church was built in 1969 and George Washington and George Mason once worshipped there.

Mr. Buxton was member of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.He also was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, of which he was a chaplain. He had been active in the Boy Scouts in Fairfax County. He was the chaplain of Strarford Hall, Va., chaplain of the Mount Vernon Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Order of Morgan's Men of Kentucky, the St. Mary's Men of the Confederate States of America and an honorary member of the Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Elliott Page Buxton, of the Sleepy Hollow Manor Nursing Home; two childre, Edward N., of Annandale, and Mrs. Jean B. Moffett, of Washington; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Young People's Organization of Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, Va. 22079.