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Community asked to support fallen soldier

August 4, 2005

Sylvester- Signs of support are posted throughout the county.

"Its just amazing how many people have come out and shown their support for the family," says Worth County Tax Commissioner Tabetha DuPriest.

Spc. Gus Brunson's mother works in DuPriest's office. She says Cathy Brunson is having a hard time coping with the death of her son.

"She's just really trying to pull herself together at this time and to get through the closure of her own son, and then constantly every time she turns the TV on she's seeing these other soldiers in the 48th Brigade and it just brings back all the memories," DuPriest says.

Now DuPriest and her co-workers are asking the community to help the family find closure by showing support for Brunson, the other fallen soldiers, and his comrades still fighting in Iraq.

"We want to see mile and miles of that road lined with people standing beside the road flags held high in support of our troops and of Gus and the fallen soldiers."

Those who want to show their support are being asked to line Jewel Crowe Road between Highway 313 and the Dougherty County line as the funeral procession passes by. The American Legion has donated more than 1,000 flags to DuPriest's office to give to anyone who needs one.

"We told her what we were wanting to do about the flags and lining Jewel Crow Road and her comment was if that happens she said that would be the most amazing thing that they could experience as a family, so it's real important. I think us being a small community we can do this."

Visitation will be held Friday at Banks' Funeral Home in Sylvester from 5 to 7 PM. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Antioch Baptist Church.

Those who wish to line Jewel Crowe Road are asked to be in place around 10:30 AM. Flags can be picked up at the tax commissioners office Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM. Interment will follow in Floral Memory Gardens in Albany.

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