Dave Brunson Jr., affectionately known as "Rex," 81, husband of Minister Estell Hodges Brunson, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 13, 2018, at his residence, 914 Wolf Pack Court, Apartment 1.

Born on Dec. 30, 1936, in Lee County, he was a son of the late Dave Brunson Sr. and Mary Gallishaw Brunson. He was educated in the public schools of Lee County. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mount Olive AME Church in Woodrow. He later moved to Brooklyn, New York, and joined Greater St. John Community Church in Brooklyn and became a cabinet maker for many years, until he retired in 1999. He moved back to South Carolina in 2002 and renewed his fellowship at Mount Olive AME Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Elouise Brunson; two brothers, Albertus Brunson and James Gallishaw; and several nieces.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 19 years, Estell Virginia Stephens Brunson; two daughters, Dorothy Brunson Thomas of Columbia and Barbara Ann Brunson of Sumter; another daughter, Beverly (Mark) Johnson of Tamiment, Pennsylvania; one son, Darryl McFadden of Bronx, New York; three other sons, Russell and Terry Stephens of Bronx and Emanuel Stephens of Augusta, Georgia; one sister, Pearl (Eugene) Scott of Philadelphia; one brother, Henry Green Sr. of Sumter; five grandchildren, Curtis Thomas, Brittany Moultrie, Maria Brunson, Tyreek Brunson and Tamika Brunson; five additional grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nephews reared in the home, Rodney Larry Brunson of Sumter, Allen (Tootsie) Brunson of Philadelphia and Michael Williams of North Carolina; eight brothers-in-law, Eugene Scott and Sammie Scott of Philadelphia, Leroy Thompson and Isiah Scott of Sumter, Richard Murray of Columbia, Isreal Hodges of Walterboro and Richard Walker and Paul Hodges of St. Petersburg, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Mozell S. Thompson of Sumter and Evelyn Hodges of Brooklyn; a special sister, Ada Brunson of Sumter; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday at Mount Olive AME Church, 2738 Woodrow Road, with the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Friendly J. Gadson, officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Public viewing for Mr. Brunson will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Robert Scriven Jr. Memorial Chapel.

Ephriam D. Stephens Funeral Home, 230 S. Lafayette Drive, Sumter, is in charge of arrangements, "Where Dignity is the Watchword."