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Joseph Robert Audet

October 30, 1929November 8, 2020
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COLUMBIA – Joseph Robert Audet, 91, died November 8, 2020. Born in Fitchburg, MA, he was a son of the late Philip J. Audet and Albina Marie LeBlanc Audet.

Joe joined the Navy in 1948 serving on destroyers for 16 years as Chief Petty Officer (BTC) with 5 years shore duty. Near the end of his service he was a company commander at the Navy boot camp in Orlando, Fl. He later worked in management for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina for 20 years until he retired. Joe volunteered at the Veterans Hospital for 15 years during his retirement. A very devout Catholic, he was a member of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church. During retirement he ministered the sacraments to those who were ill or unable to attend mass at their homes or VA Hospital.

He was an avid reader enjoying over 1,000 books that he recorded by the title and author. Joe also enjoyed the outdoors, golf, and dancing. He particularly found joy sitting in the sunroom with his wife Mary, spending hours watching birds, flowers, and enjoying the garden they planted. Joe never met a stranger and could bring a smile to anyone as he shared stories of his past and talked about his family. Even as he was battling his illness he always thought of others and how lucky he was to have loving family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Humphries Audet; daughters, Theresa Hanley (Brad), Dawn Audet (Kris), Lisa Buckminister (Milburn); John Humphries (Sue), Steve Humphries (Wendi) brothers, Charles H. Audet, Raymond R. Audet and Bernard P. Audet; and sister, Corrine L. Prunier; 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Doris Turner Audet; two children lost at birth, Paul Anthony and Carol Ann, son, Paul Audet; sisters, Hermance Jacob, Louise Gilligan, and Juliet Audet; brothers, George Audet, Donald Audet, and Philip Audet, Jr.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the chapel in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, with entombment to follow. The service will be streaming live at Dunbar Devine’s Facebook page online at 1:55 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following charities he supported: Special Olympics, Mercy Hospital, Boy’s Town, Shriner’s Hospital, St Jude Hospital or a charity of choice. Many thanks to the staff at Lexington Hospital and Lexington Oncology for the excellent care and compassion they provided.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

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Sarah Humphries

November 15, 2020

Grandpa Joe had the kindest heart and sharpest mind. He was always working on a book, keeping track of every book he read on his long printed list. And he was always very thoughtful. He knew how much coffee my family could drink, and developed a system down to a science to keep the coffee going whenever we would visit. I remember him talking about the perfect driving weather, which was a day that was a little overcast so the sun wasn't in your eyes. And I loved to hear him talk about his "grands" and "great-grands." He was a good husband to my Grandmother Mary and made her very happy. We will all miss him very much.

Cindy Embrey Eastman

November 14, 2020

Our family and the Audet family lived next door to each other since 1970 and for a while after Mrs. Doris Audet passed away in 2001. The Audet four kids and the Embrey four kids played together for many years as our parents would get together at each others homes for penny poker, New Years celebrations, or just hanging out on their patios together in the evenings. Mr. and Mrs. Audet both had hilarious personalities and were fun to be around. When my niece was diagnosed with cancer as an infant, the Audets were a huge comfort to my family. Aunt Doe and Uncle Joe, as my niece dubbed them, were very fond of her.

Hearing this sad news this morning is heart breaking. When I visit my mother, who still lives in the same house, I always ask if she's heard from Mr. Audet or bumped in to him at the commissary as she had in the past, but she hadn't.

Mr. Audet and Mrs. Doris Audet are very missed by our family. My heart goes out to Theresa, Dawn, and Lisa, and of course Paul who I just learned about this morning also. I'm Sooo Sorry and Sad!
God Bless The Entire Audet Family and God Bless Uncle Joe and Aunt Doe!

Hans Embrey

November 14, 2020

Joe and his family were the Embrey family’s next door neighbors and best friends for many years. Joe helped me (as a young Sailor) maintain my Naval Code of Conduct especially when it pertained to haircuts. Joe was always muscular and fit and willing to demonstrate
“Which way the Beach Was..” to impress the young ladies by flexing his bicep and pointing with the same hand...this was a page I took from his playbook and utilize to this day. Joe ( Mr. Audet to me) was kind, compassionate, and had a great sense of humor. He was always there for guidance in my years as a young man. He was my friend and I will miss him.

Doreen Henderson

November 13, 2020

Lisa, it was so good to see you. I know your dad will be sorely missed. Prayers and sympathy from our family to yours. We love you.
Doreen, Jan, and Jimmy

Jackie Cantrell

November 13, 2020

To my best friend and Sister in Christ Lisa Buckminister and family I felt I knew her Dad she talked about him all the time God comfort and give her and the family peace. I know he will be greatly missed as I lost my Dad three years ago

Andrea Evans-Wolfe

November 13, 2020

My deepest condolences to all family members in Joe's passing. I had the opportunity to meet Joe during his tenure at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which happened to be my first place of employment when I graduated high school in 1975. A kind, dear man who provided me with knowledge and skills and the spirit of human kindness as I began my journey in adulthood.
I know our Heaven's are brighter with the addition of this wonderful Angel who will provide so much, and know our Heavenly Father has great plans for this wonderful man.
May you all continue to treasure and cherish his memories and know we all appreciate the wonderful contributions he has made to the world!

Sheila R Herndon

November 13, 2020

Sending Deepest Sympathy to the Audet Family.

I worked many years with Joe at the Alpine Office. Joe was over the Microfilm Dept. (back in those days) and I was in Data Control. Truly respected him.

Sheila R. Murphy Herndon

Jeannette Holton

November 12, 2020

I have very fond memories of Joe and Doris Audet and lots of their stories I heard over the years! They were two of the sweetest people I met at Blue Cross in my early years there. My thoughts and prayers are with Theresa and the entire family.

Jessie Goodson

November 12, 2020

The Family have my Deepest Sympathy my son and I Jimmy Gill worked with Joe at BCBSSC

Debbie Frost

November 11, 2020

Much love to the family. Joe was a very sweet man and I'm so happy I got to know him while working at Blue Cross.

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