Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Obituary for my dad

Clyde Otis Autry, Jr., passed from this life into the nearer presence of Jesus on February 28, 2012, at the age of 83. He was born to Clyde and Flora Holland Autry, on June 27, 1928 and was a life-long resident of Hall County . He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Vina Savage and Margaret Gilstrap, and by his beloved wife, Hazel McGhee Autry.
He is survived by three sons and their wives, Otis and Melinda Autry of Dunn, NC, Arden and June Autry of Tulsa, OK, and Larry and Joy Autry of Gainesville, GA. Also surviving are four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and a number of nephews and nieces. He was loving, generous, and supportive to all of them.
Clyde loved the Lord and he loved gospel music. He played bass guitar for decades at Congregational Holiness churches in Gainesville , Lula, and Union Grove, and at Union Grove Camp Meeting ( White County ). He also played bass for many years with the Saxon Family at gospel singings throughout the region.
He worked as a supervisor at Gayborn Mills and later at Macklanburg-Duncan, until retirement.
Clyde leaves a legacy of faithfulness to Christ, integrity of life and witness, an infectious laugh, and friendliness to all he met. He will be greatly missed by family and his many friends, but they are comforted in knowing his trust in Jesus is fully rewarded in God’s presence.


  1. We were very sorry to hear of your loss, Arden! You were blessed to have had such a father. The mention of his infectious laugh makes me think of your laugh. Maybe, even though some of us never had the opportunity to know your father, we have an inkling of what his laugh was like because of the way you laugh. I imagine heaven will be full of laughter, don't you? In the meantime, though, I know you must be missing him very much. Jim and I are praying for you and June and your whole family as you go through this time. May the God of all comfort comfort you!

  2. Thanks, Sally. We had a good service yesterday and good family time. I agree with you that heaven has plenty of laughter. Daddy is right at home. Appreciate your prayers.

  3. Οὐ θέλομεν δὲ ὑμᾶς ἀγνοεῖν, ἀδελφοί, περὶ τῶν κοιμωμένων, ἵνα μὴ λυπῆσθε καθὼς καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ οἱ μὴ ἔχοντες ἐλπίδα. εἰ γὰρ πιστεύομεν ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἀπέθανεν καὶ ἀνέστη, οὕτως καὶ ὁ θεὸς τοὺς κοιμηθέντας διὰ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἄξει σὺν αὐτῷ.... Ὥστε παρακαλεῖτε ἀλλήλους ἐν τοῖς λόγοις τούτοις.

    1. Thanks, John. Much appreciated and timely words.