Brundidge fought valiant battle, inspired others

Published 4:29 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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After battling cancer for most of his life, Dee Brundidge’s fight is now over.

At 20, Brundidge had beaten cancer twice and had been fighting for the past two years after finding cancer again in his brain, kidneys and lungs.

“A true light unto darkness, a warrior with absolute valor and bravery, a testimony of courage, strength and steadfast faith, these are the things that come to mind when I think of the legacy Dee Brundidge has left us with,” Family friend Tommie Norris said about Brundidge. “Dee defied all odds in his earthly walk, he conquered feats that many of us wouldn’t have been able come through.”

When Norris thinks of Brundidge, he thinks of the miracle he was and the miracles his journey created.

“I think of the moment I stood in that downtown train depot and looked around and realized what unity he had created, before my eyes stood a room full of people from so many different walks,” Norris said. “For a moment, there was no black, no white, no Baptist, no Pentecostal, no gay, nor straight, no racism, no prejudice, no rich nor poor, before me stood a room full of people, hands held together, standing united as one in his honor to support him and his loved ones. I think of the love he brought out in this community, for him, his family, and each other.”

Opp mayor Becky Bracke posted on Facebook that the city of Opp is saddened by the loss of Brundidge.

“He was a fighter and his fight brought our City closer together in concern for him and his family,” Bracke said. “I know the pain is horrible for his family but we know he is no longer suffering. Praying for all his family.”

Norris said Brundidge had the ability to stand strong in his faith in moments that would have been beyond the scariest thing any of them have encountered.

“In my mind, I can almost hear the good Lord saying show them who they can be when they come together and stand in love and as one,” Norris said. “And I truly believe he did that. Through his suffering his words remained, ‘Don’t worry, God’s got me.’ Well indeed you were right he does have you and you are whole and free and at the foot of the Father, your light guiding us and to remain an eternal reminder of what courage, faith and love can do for us all in a dark world. Until we meet again, soar with Angel’s and know you made a tremendous impact to the lives of many, the goodness you brought back to the community, and the example of faith you set, the courage you showed to all that face challenges, and the love and unity you created.”

Brundidge is survived by his parents, Holley L. Brundidge & Malcom S. Brundidge; sisters, Heaven, Haylee, Hannah and Farren; brother, Montana; maternal grandparents, Faye and Eugene Lee; paternal grandparents, Malcom and Mary Brundidge-Tillis; paternal great-grandmother, Catherine Tillis; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, extended family members and friends.

Funeral services for Brundidge will be held at 2 p.m., Fri., May 29, 2020, from Westview Baptist Church with burial following in Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held at Wyatt Funeral Home Thursday evening from 6 until 8 and at Westview Baptist Church one hour prior to service time.

For those wishing to make a donation, a GoFundMe is set up under “Dee’s Journey,” as well as a Wells Fargo account under “Dee Brundidge.”