"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." - Proverbs 31:10
Gussie Lee Brunson (PeeWee) was born April 29, 1924, in Auburn, Ala., to Emmaline Minifee and Johnny Lee Jackson. Gussie's grandmother, Lou Cindy, raised her until her grandmother's transition. Gussie then lived in the loving home of her Aunt Sally and Uncle George Minifee Sr., along with her cousins, Francis (Sis), Susie (Monkey), George Jr., and Hosea (Big Timer).
Gussie, who was educated in the Auburn Public School system, accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. Gussie met and married Thead (Tee) Wesley Brunson Sr. in Auburn, and to that union nine children were born. Gussie and Tee moved to Detroit to pursue better opportunities.
Gussie was a loyal wife and a devoted mother who always had a home-cooked meal prepared. Her "famous" sweet potato pies and German chocolate cakes were favorites among family and friends. She hosted weekend holiday gatherings at her home, full of fun, love and laughter. She taught her children the importance of obedience and, if anyone stepped out of line, she would call Daddy and pull out old faithful: The "Razor Strap" and "Big G" would draw back and let you have it. You quickly learned you had better not run.
Gussie joined New Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, under the late Dr. Matthew Rutland Sr.'s tutelage. She served faithfully on the Finance Committee, was director of the Kitchen Committee, director of the Food Ministry and Kitchen Committee, the Mother's Board and a member of the Senior Choir. She was a New Missionary Baptist member for 30 years until moving to Crestview. She also was a member of the National Baptist Convention's Mass Choir, under the late Rev. Charles Nicks.
Going to church and learning the word of God was important to Gussie, who made sure several of her grandchildren attended church every Sunday.
Gussie was protective, brave and had the roar of a lion. God blessed her with a heart of pure gold; she was kind, generous and had a caring personality. Gussie would fuss, but at the end of the day there was nothing she wouldn't do for a person. Gussie was always known for her classic fashion and style. She took great pride in her appearance, especially on Sunday mornings. She dressed to impress, with beautiful tailored suits and occasionally matching hats. Gussie also was a strong advocate of maintaining good health. Her relationship with her primary physician was more like grandmother to grandson, rather than physician to patient.
Gussie moved to Crestview in 1997 to live with her son, Ernest Charles. She joined Crestview International Baptist Church under the wing of Joel E. McGraw. Her life journey took a turn when she fell prey to a stroke and entered Silvercrest Manor. There, Gussie became affectionately known as "Fussy Gussie" by the staff. They knew to watch out if any one touched her belongings; she would be sure to tell them she was calling the police.
We closed the book on Gussie's life at 1:23 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview. She joins the great cloud of witnesses, including her mother, Emmaline; her father, Johnny Lee; her grandmother, Lou Cindy; Aunt Sally and Uncle George Minifee Sr.; her daughters, Shirley Ann and Josephine (Josie); and her son, Thead Jr. (Skip); her sisters, Lilly, Cindy, and Ruby; brother, Jake Jackson; sister-cousin, Susie (Monkey); brother-cousin, George Jr.; Auntie May; and Auntie Kathie (Kay) Lou.
Four sons - Willie George Brunson, Detroit; Bruce (Vendella) Brunson, Detroit, Ernest Charles (Darlene) Brunson, Florida, and Philip (Sandra) Brunson, Detroit, continue her legacy, as well as a nephew, Leonard (Bridget) Minifee, Lansing, Mich.; two daughters, Betty Jean Brunson, Montana, and Esther Denise (Tony) Keeling, Detroit; two granddaughters she raised, Chiante Mathis, Arizona, and Cheryl Bonnor, Georgia; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Le'Rynn Mathis, Arizona; sister, Marie H. Lott, Florida; cousins, Francis Minifee, Alabama, Hosea (Big Timer) Macon, Detroit and Thead (Tee) Brunson Sr., Florida; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Homegoing service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 603 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Crestview. Ms. Brunson will lie in repose 9-9:50 a.m. at Macedonia for viewing prior to service.
Final arrangements are entrusted to McKinnie Funeral Home, Crestview.
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