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Byron L. "Butch" Brumfield, Jr. passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 after an extended battle with cancer.Â Butch was born in Laurel, Ms. June 18, 1966.Â He graduated from Gulfport High School in 1984.Â After graduation he attended Mississippi State University.Â
While at MSU, he was critically injured in a car wreck leaving him a paraplegic.Â After spending 6 months at the Shepherd Spinal Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, Ga., he returned to MSU where he received his undergraduate degree and obtained a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation.Â While working on his Masters, he wrote grants for the Vocational Rehabilitation Department.
Upon graduation he entered the medical consulting field and lived independently until his health failed.Â He was welcomed by his parents when he returned home to stay with them until his death.Â
Butch was an avid NASCAR fan.Â Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver and he attended the Talladega race many times.Â He was also a computer savvy technical person, earning his Microsoft Certified Engineering degree.Â
He is survived by his parents, Byron L. Brumfield, Sr. and Janet Fleming Brumfield of Laurel; brothers Chris, wife, Melissa Cooper Brumfield, and their sons Tanner and Cooper, daughter Caroline; and Benjamin and his daughter Anna.Â Uncle W. B. "Bill"Â Brumfield.Â Maternal Grandmother, Delorce Fleming.Â
He is preceded in death by maternal Grandfather, Ralph Fleming; paternal Grandparents, William B. Brumfield Sr. and Ruth Davis Brumfield;Â Aunts Susan Brumfield and Lynne Fleming Smith.Â
A Memorial Service will be held at Houston Road Baptist Church, Laurel, Ms, April 28, 2013 at 2pm whereÂ Butch was a member.Â
A special thanks goes out to Drs. Phillip Ley, Carolyn Cegielski, and Ross Ward; 5th floor nurses Baptist Hospital and Hospice care givers, Bonny Brown and Kevin Long.Â
It was his wish that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the â€śWounded Warriors Project.Orgâ€ť.