Audley Brunson, 94, went to His Glory on Jan. 24, 2013, following several years of failing health. He was born June 22, 1918, to Franklin and Edna Brunson in Jersey, Ark., as the youngest of 15 children.
He graduated from Arkadelphia High School and immediately went to assist his sister Iva finish a crop (her husband had died.) He moved to Midland, where he delivered bread for a short period.
Joining the Air Force in 1943, he was stationed at El Paso and Deming, N.M. He was discharged in 1948.
After marrying Macie Haire, they resided in El Paso, where their daughter, Ann, grew up and went to school. Audley was an automobile management professional for many years.
Having two sisters and a brother living in Bonanzo Beach, it seemed logical they retire there, thus a new home was built. In 1985, they joined the community and First Baptist Church, where he later became a deacon. Serving on many committees, he also ushered for a number of years. The Silver Creek Fire Department and Emergency Service, where he and Macie served as EMTs, was very important to him.
One of Audley’s fondest memories was being baptized in the Mississippi River.
Upon Macie’s death in 1996, he continued to garden and stay active in the community. In 2003, he and Linda South were married by Carl Hudson at First Baptist Church.
Audley was preceded in death by his parents and 14 brothers and sisters. He is survived by wife Linda of Bonanzo Beach; daughter Ann and son-in-law Robert Conklin of Houston; sister Iva Ryan of Galveston; grandchildren Robert Conklin Jr. of Milwaukee, Wis., Evann Peck of Groton, Mass., and Melissa Montana of Brazil; and great-grandchildren Ronnie, Bryan and Tyler Peck of Groton, Mass.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Jan. 29 at Edgar Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444. A funeral service is 2 p.m. Jan. 30 at the funeral home with the Revs. Carl Hudson and Richard Weston officiating.
Pallbearers will be James Tilley, Lance Reissig, Steve Goodman, Steve Ham, Joshua Ham and Cliff Galley. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Bailey, Richard Potter and Arlyn Bressie.
Memorial donations may be made to East Buchanan Fellowship Church, 13218 FM 2341, Burnet, TX 78611.