Aubry Brent Jr.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.
Aubry Noel Brent Jr. died September 23, 2019.
Funeral services were Monday at the L.T Miller Community Center. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Brent was born November 7, 1948. He was the first born to Aubry Noel Brent Sr. and Catherine Jefferson Brent. He was the apple of everyone’s eye, especially his Grandmother who we fondly called Big Mama. She gave him a nickname by which he became formally known: Buddy. From the very beginning, he was a Mother’s boy and remained that way throughout his life. Aubry was blessed with a baby sister, Wanda Brent Thomas, and from the start, they had a loving and protective relationship. It was sister who started the other side of the family calling him RB. He also had a brother, Larry Willis, for whom he cared about very deeply. Aubry was a student in the first class to attend Ann Brooks Kindergarten. Maintaining his friendships with classmates most of his life is a testament to how he was loved by others and his friendship valued. Such was a golden thread that ran throughout each phase of his life. He was a proud member of the graduating class of 1966 at N.D. Taylor High School. He loved his high school years and enjoyed great popularity among his peers. He was in the N.D. Taylor band and played first string trumpet. He and some of his classmates created a band called the Aces. He also assisted in founding the high school teenage boys’ society called TABS. Due to Aubry’s intelligence, good looks and fashion sense, his popularity continued at college. He pledged and became a Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was drafted into the US Army in 1970, and he served for two years. He was assigned to Germany, where he served as a military police officer. He also served in the National Guard for 26 years and retired as First Sergeant.
He married Denise Turnage in September 1987, and they were married for 32 years. They shared little Foxy, their dog, who was very special to Aubry. Denise and Aubry spent many years together traveling and sharing special moments. He spent most of his professional career doing the two things that he loved: teaching school and serving as an Alderman for Yazoo City. He was teacher for 42 years. He enjoyed challenging students to learn biology in the Yazoo School district. He was an outstanding teacher and was loved by his students. He served as Alderman for the residents in the 4th Ward for over 26 years and consistently responded to their needs. Aubry Brent Jr. was a man of many talents. His love of music inspired him to record songs and publish them on Facebook. He loved language so much that he learned a new word every day and developed an impressive vocabulary. He would often test his friends and family to challenge them and to teach them. He was a remarkable human being with an impressive resume:
• B.S., Alcorn State – 1970
• M.S., Jackson State – 1974
• Educational Specialist Jackson State – 1977
• Educator for 42 years
• Football and Tennis Coach at Yazoo City High School
• Served in the National Guard for 26 years
• Served in the U.S. Army from 1970 – 1972
• Alderman of Ward 4 for 26 years
• Vice Mayor of Yazoo City for 8 years
• Lifetime member of the American Legion
• Master Mason
Words cannot express how much Aubry will be missed by all the lives he touched. The Community has lost a caring thoughtful leader and his family has lost a loving, caring and entertaining family member that will live in our hearts forever. With his passing, he leaves to mourn and grieve his wife, Mrs. Denise Turnage Brent; his two daughters: Catherine E. Brent (Edward), Yazoo City, Mississippi, Patrice Tribble, Aurora, Illinois; his father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. Aubry Brent Sr.; sister, Mrs. Wanda Brent Thomas (Larry) Sugar Grove Illinois; brother, Larry Willis (Evelyn) Rex Georgia; 7 grand-children: Aubry, Amia, Charles, Cameron, Darryl, Keena, and Jonathan. One great-grandchild: Samuel’ Rey; a Special Cousin who was also one of his first babysitters, Mary Ellen Harris (Edward); two uncles: Timothy Crudup of Jackson, Mississippi and Robert Brent (Odell) of Los Angles, California; a host of nieces, nephews, one great-nephew, friends, and constituents.
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach they grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
Williams Cullen Bryant