David Claude Dupriest, age 92, joined his Lord and Savior and his wife in Heaven on Dec. 2, 2011. He was born at home on the family farm outside of De Leon, Texas, on Aug. 12, 1919, to Minnie Maude (Lee) Dupriest and John Thomas Dupriest. He was the eldest of five children.
He graduated from De Leon High School in 1937. When David was 22, his father died and he was left to work the farm. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps (Air Force) on Aug. 10, 1942, and served during World War II. After serving on the Aleutian Islands, he returned home and was married to Doris Gilder on Dec. 29, 1943. (They were married 66 years.) He was then stationed in Iowa Jima, Japan. He was on the crew that serviced the Enola Gay.
After his honorable discharge on Dec. 5, 1945, David was employed by Magnolia, later known as Mobil Oil. He was a loyal employee for 39 years. After retiring on Feb. 1, 1984, he and Doris made their home in Brownwood, Texas.
Mobil made David and his wife quite "mobile." Their only child was born in Kermit, Texas, he was ordained a deacon in First Baptist Church, McAllen, Texas, and he served as chairman of the pulpit committee in Portland, Texas. They also had friends and fond memories of Victoria and Freer, Texas. In Brownwood, David and Doris both became Gideons and he served as the Adult Sunday School Director for many years at First Baptist Church. He and Clinton Stewart and different men were faithful to visit the hospital and nursing homes every Thursday. David and his wife also served as Volunteer Mission Service Core missionaries to Jerusalem, Israel, in 1985 and 1986.
David and his wife both broke bones last year and found themselves residents of Oak Ridge Manor in Brownwood. David was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Glenn Dupriest (Navy-WWII); one sister, Fanny Mae Scott; and his wife, Doris.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Dupriest) Mohon and husband Jim, Salado, Texas; one brother, Alfred Dupriest, Stephenville; one sister, Gladys Wright Olney; granddaughter Michelle (Mohon) Cannon and husband Curtis (missionaries to Costa Rica); grandson Brian Mohon and wife, Tiffany Spring, Texas; great-grandchildren Coleman and Caroline Cannon and Emily and Cydney Mohon, and several nieces and nephews.
Family visitation is at Davis-Morris Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Brownwood, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Round Grove Cemetery, in De Leon, Texas. Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Brownwood, or The Gideons International. Condolence may be left for the family at www.davismorrisfuneralhome.com.