Austin Alton Bruce, Jr. Clarksdale, MS Austin Alton Bruce, Jr. 69, of Clarksdale, went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday October 1, 2015. Visitation will be 11:00am-12:30pm Tuesday morning, October 6, 2015 with services immediately following. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home, 314 E. 2nd Street, Clarksdale, MS will be handling the services. Mr. Bruce was born in Belzoni, MS. on June 24, 1946 to Austin Alton Bruce, Sr. and Mary Louise Bruce. He was married to Mary Dell Bruce for 46 years. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. Survivors include son Alton David Bruce of Clarksdale, MS; daughter Stephanie Christian of Clarksdale, MS;brother Ronald Bruce of Ft. Jackson, SC.; grandchildren Mary Katherine Durham of Jonesboro, AR, Paul Durham, Jr. of Jonesboro, AR, Louis Durham of Jonesboro, AR, Evan Christian of Clarksdale, MS, Sadie Christian of Clarksdale, MS. He has one great grandchild Ashlynn Havens of Jonesboro, AR. He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Dell Bruce of Clarksdale, MS and his daughter Susan Ladell Banton of Jonesboro, AR.