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Auburn Man Passes, Honored in an Auburn Way

Chris Rushing loved Auburn. Chris Rushing was an Auburn man. Chris Rushing died unexpectedly on Christmas morning in his parents’ house in Macon, MS. He was 30 years old.

Chris was born on September 25, 1982, in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a degree in Journalism. He worked for Media Relations in the Auburn Athletics Department throughout his time at Auburn. At the time of his passing, he was a sports writer for The City Wire, a newspaper based out of Fort Smith, AR.

Chris’s family and friends wanted his funeral to be a celebration of his life and his love of Auburn, so along with the songs “It Is Well,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” and “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” they also sang the Auburn University Alma Mater. Chris was carried out of the chapel to the Auburn fight song. His pallbearers wore Auburn gameday polos and visors.

But the best touch (to me) to salute the Auburn man that Chris was is seen in the video below, done by Alan Brazzell, who also does the intro videos for Auburn. Chris loved rolling the trees at Toomer’s Corner, so to honor him, his family and friends rolled a tree following the funeral.

War Eagle, Chris.

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corey 01/02/2013 at 11:56 am

God Bless and War Eagle.

EH 01/02/2013 at 12:50 pm

War Eagle and rest in peace.

Doug Benefield 01/02/2013 at 1:38 pm

Rest in Peace my Auburn Brother!!!
War Eagle, Chris

Dom Cangelosi 01/02/2013 at 3:03 pm

Rest in peace dear AUBURN FRIEND.

It’s great to be an Auburn tiger !!!



Seph 01/02/2013 at 4:13 pm

From a Rebel friend, Chris … may your Tigers forever make you smile!

Deb Royster 01/02/2013 at 7:15 pm

This is the most beautiful tribute and so genuine. I know his parents and love them, dearly. This Bama girl yells out a great big ole …. WAR EAGLE!!!!!!

Steve Tracey 01/03/2013 at 1:51 am

Attended the funeral of my friends son. Truely a celebration of his life. War Eagle Chris!

Amy B. 01/03/2013 at 9:35 am

Anyone know who sings this version of “Great is Thy Faithfulness”? So beautiful.
War Eagle, Chris!

KoolBell777 01/03/2013 at 9:48 am

Victory is truly knowing Christ Jesus, and in his passing to heaven a true victory was won. Rolling the tree at his funeral was a beautiful touch.


Alex 01/03/2013 at 6:56 pm

WAR EAGLE Chris….May God Bless you and your family…

War Eagle brother!

Mary 01/04/2013 at 9:48 am

Chris was a wonderful friend, we will miss you! War Eagle Chris.

Mary Ann Doles 01/04/2013 at 7:26 pm

Beautiful May you Rest in Peace Chris.
WAR EAGLE !!!!!!!!!!!

Brooke 01/04/2013 at 8:19 pm

It always made my day better when Chris would walk thru the door at work. I will miss you my friend!

Laura 01/04/2013 at 9:00 pm

A beautiful tribute. RIP, Chris. Prayers for your family.

Michael 01/05/2013 at 12:14 pm

War eagle Chris. A tribute AU style !

angela 01/13/2013 at 7:39 pm

every time i went to Chris house to clean for him i was amazed what a truely Auburn fan he was and how dedicated he was to the Auburn tigers,the video of his funeral was beautiful. The Rolling of the tree Chris would have loved it .You will be missed but not forgotten

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War Eagleand Rest in Peace Chris!


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