RICHARD ERNEST BUNYARD

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Full Circle       1940 –

DATES:  Richard Ernest Bunyard was born 17 November 1940 in East Chicago, IN. He is the  son of William Carl Bunyard and Vera May Shinabarger.

MARRIAGES:  Richard Ernest married Estelle Simmons 1 January 1965 in South Carolina. Estelle is the daughter of Mayo Simmons and Sadie Huggins.

HISTORY:  Richard’s birth warranted a congratulatory letter from the Assistant Democratic Whip, Congressman Wm. T. Schulte of Indiana. He was 7 months old when he moved from East Chicago with his parents to their new home in Schererville IN. Richard attended local schools and graduated from Dyer High School in 1959. He worked for Simmons Company before being drafted into the Army in October 1963.

Richard was assigned to Troop A of the 17th Cavalry in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, NC. The 82nd Airborne Division is a major Strategic Army Corps that is constantly maintained on an immediate readiness basis for airborne deployment to any area around the world. In April 1965 Richard and his unit were sent on active duty in the Dominican Republic. The “All-Americans” were alerted for action in response to the civil war raging in the Dominican Republic. The 82nd deployed to the Caribbean in Operation POWER PACK. Peace and stability was restored by June 17.

At the end of hostilities, Richard reported to Fort Bragg 23 miles north of Laurinburg. It was while Richard was station at Fort Bragg that he met Estelle Simmons. After his honorable discharge from the army, Richard and Estelle briefly made their home in Highland, Indiana before making their permanent home in Laurinburg, North Carolina. They remain living and working in Laurinburg.

The reflection that “its a small world” perhaps, in the case of genealogy, is true. Unbeknownst to the seventh generation descendants of James Beal Bunyard, Richard Ernest Bunyard has come full circle. William Carl Bunyard moved to Indiana in 1937 where he married, raised his family and lived out his life. His son Richard, ironically, removed back to North Carolina to live not many miles from the ancestral home of James Beal Bunyard, our first generation Bunyard in America.

CHILDREN of Richard Ernest Bunyard and Estelle Simmons:

  1. Richard Wayne Bunyard born 4 October 1966 in Laurinburg, NC.

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