Audie Presley Belcher, Jr.

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Audie Presley Belcher, Jr., 77, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Audie was born on August 23, 1941 in Bryan, Texas to Audie Presley Belcher, Sr. and Gwendolyn Howell Belcher. While growing up he attended a number of schools in Texas, Colorado and Arkansas. Although he graduated from Midland High School he considered Camden High School in Arkansas as his alma mater. Upon graduation at 17, he came to Sam Houston State Teachers College to study photography then transferred to Tyler Junior College earning an associate's degree. In 1963, he enlisted in the United States Army and served three years in Germany. Upon his discharge he enrolled at Texas Tech University in Lubbock graduating with a degree in Sociology.
While attending Tech he met Helen Blaylock and they were married in December of 1968. In 1971, they welcomed a baby boy, Presley Calloway Belcher. Cally was the apple of his eye and he loved him with his whole heart.
Audie began his 30-year career with TDCJ-ID in 1974 in the textile mill. He moved on the be a substance abuse counselor and finished as the law librarian at the Wynne Unit. "Not at this time period" was his reply to most questions. After retirement he worked at the crossing guard at Gibbs Elementary School.
Always a sports fan Audie became a super fan when Cally began playing sports. Whether it was soccer, baseball, swimming, basketball and finally, football he was there as a spectator, coach and loyal supporter. He was part of the side line coaching group sitting on the hill for the Hornet football practices and never missed a game. As Cally moved on to SFA to play football, purple became his favorite color. After Cally's death in 1994, Audie continued to attend all the Lumberjack home games until his health failed.
Audie and Helen attended University Heights Baptist Church for 30 years.
Audie was survived by his wife, Helen and his sister, DeAun Belcher. Also survived by his brothers-in-law and their wives, Forrest (Cynthia) Blaylock, Glenn Blaylock, and David (Cindy) Blaylock and sister-in-law and husband, Zula (Lance) Hopper. Nieces and nephews, Renee Guerrero, Jenni Michna, Chris Blaylock, Jeremy Blaylock, Kandice, Krystal, and Kelsi Blaylock, Jason and Clayton Cooper. Along with his Huntsville adopted nieces Kathleen Shoop and Elisha Thompson and nephew, Matthew Thompson. As well as all Cally's SFA Lumberjack team mates.
Audie was preceded in death by his parents Audie and Gwen Belcher, his beloved son, Cally, bother-in-law, Wayne Blaylock and nephew Jeff Blaylock.
The family thanks A Pineywoods Home Health Care and Heart to Heart Hospice for their care of Audie. Special thanks to Yvette Harrison and Cindy Myles for their round the clock care.
Visitation will be at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral home on 06/29/2019 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The 16 Club, the Cally Belcher Foundation, % Chad Kelly, 9923 Crestwater Circle, Magnolia, Texas 77354-3203. Condolences to the family may be made at www.shmfh.com.
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Published on June 19, 2019
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Benjamin Aguilar
Jul 14, 2019
Its with a heavy heart when I saw this and want to send my deepest condolences to the family. He was a great father to Calloway and know how much his heart ached but can only imagine what a joyous reunion it was during his homecoming. Wishing Ms. Helen peace in her heart and know that he is in a good place.
Anthony Leigh
Jul 05, 2019
Sorry for your loss Mr. Belcher was an awesome person that loved the lord and his family. I will always remember him being and great dad and coach and me and Cally played on the Raider baseball team growing up. Rest in Peace. You will be miss.