Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bruce Alfonso Edmonds...A Life of Public Service

Bruce Alfonso Edmonds was born in the village of Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana on June 3, 1927 to the marriage of Bruce Edmonds and Mary Allye Steele.

Though he was the only child born to this marriage, he was surrounded by many Steele, Smith and Chisum cousins.  

He was received into full membership of the Methodist Church in Sicily Island on April 14, 1940.
Known as "Son" to his family and "Little Bruce" to others, Bruce spent most of his life on Sicily Island.  His father's work took them to Alabama for several months in 1941 and to Texas for another several months in 1942.

After graduating from Sicily Island High School in 1944, Bruce enrolled at Louisiana State University for a short period of time before his induction into the United States Army on August 28, 1945 at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.

 In 1946, he was stationed at the USMA Army base, West Point, New York where he was assigned to the Armored Detachment 1802d Special Regement as a Medium Tank Crewman.

He received an Honorable Discharge on November 25, 1946.

Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to Sicily Island where he met and married Mildred Bynum who had moved from Mississippi to teach school in Sicily Island.  Bruce and Mildred were married on July 9, 1950.

While working as a lineman for the local Rural Electric Association, Bruce began a career of public service that would span over thirty years.

1958-1960  Town Council Alderman, Sicily Island

1960-1970  Police Jury Member, Ward 2, Sicily Island; two years as President

1970-1983  Registrar of Voters, Catahoula Parish

1984-1990  School Board Member, Ward 2, Sicily Island

Bruce and Mildred raised five children; all of whom graduated from Sicily Island High School.  They were blessed with seven grandchildren.

Bruce Alfonso Edmonds passed from this life on July 24, 2002.  He is buried alongside his wife, Mildred Bynum Edmonds, in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

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