Buford Avalon Bruce

Matthew GorrySports Writer

September 12, 2012

Buford Avalon Bruce, 82, of E. Old US Hwy 421, Yadkinville passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Forsyth Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Yadkin County to the late John Greek Bruce and Gladys Phillips Bruce North. Mr. Bruce served in the US Army and was employed by R.J. Reynolds for 29 years in the Millwright Shop.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Benton Bruce; son, David Devon Bruce; daughter-in-law, Debra Jordan Bruce. Surviving are his children, Toni (Wayne) Ladd, Barbara (Jerry) Comer, Teresa (Chuck) Choplin, Robin (Stan) Riddle; grandchildren, Jason (Melinda) Ladd, Jamie (David) Cranfill, Jonathan (Kristie) Comer, Kristen Bruce, Brooke (Dennis) Lee, Jr., Amber (Terry) Foster, Samuel (Anna) Riddle; great grandchildren, Justin Ladd, Rylee and Isaac Cranfill, Sylar Comer, and Zackary Foster.

His funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Gentry Family Chapel in Yadkinville by the Rev. Bill Hale and the Rev. Robin Dixon. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with military rights by the Yadkin VFW Post 10346.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Monday prior to the service at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. Memorials can be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2725 E. Old Hwy 421, Yadkinville, NC 27055. Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Bruce family.

Online condolences can be made at www.gentryfuneralservice.com.