Thomas L. Audsley, 38, of Slater, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Slater High School gymnasium. Rev. Robert Sisney and Rev. Mark Conyers will officiate. Pianist Bethany Weiker will accompany Eva Hill as she sings "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Just As I Am." Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the gym, with Masonic services at 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be John Martin, Eddie Taylor, John Brownfield, Gene Griffith, Keith Wright and Steven Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Audsley, Curt Audsley, Jason Shepard, Joe Fabrizi, Paul Vaillancourt, Paul Crews, Jean Dowell, the Slater Fire Department and Slater Police Department. Memorials are suggested to the Slater School District library/media center, the D.A.R.E. program or C.T.A. Scholarship Fund in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Aug. 20, 1965, in Marshall, he was the son of Judson H. Audsley Jr., and Dorothy Sue Yates Audsley, who survive of the home. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Slater, the Slater Optimist Club, Slater Lions Club and Cambridge Lodge No. 63 A.F and A.M. He served as a member and officer for several years on the Saline County Ambulance District No. 1 Board of Directors. He was a part-time employee of the Slater Police Department, where he held the rank of sergeant. He was commissioned a deputy with the Saline County Sheriff's Department. He served on the Slater Volunteer Fire Department and worked part-time as an EMT-B for both the Slater ambulance district and the Saline County Ambulance District No. 3 in Marshall. He was a 1983 graduate of Slater High School and a 1987 graduate of Missouri Valley College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He earned a master's degree in library science and information services from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He taught in the Gilliam School District from 1989 to 1993, and had been the K-12 media specialist in the Slater School District since 1993. He also served as a computer teacher, drug-free coordinator and technology coordinator for the Slater School District. He was active in the Slater C.T.A., Professional Development Committee, Red Ribbon Week Committee, Technology Committee and Career Ladder Committee. He served on committees with the Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Association of School Librarians and American Association of School Librarians. He was the owner of "Dancin' the Night Away" deejay service.
Additional survivors include one brother, James R. "Jim Bob" Audsley of Slater; one sister, Patricia Sue Shepard of Granbury, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.