May 23, 2019

In memoriam: Byron Autrey

Byron Lee Autrey
DECEMBER 10, 1924 – JULY 20, 2018

Byron Lee Autrey, age 93 of East Lansing, Michigan, was born December 10, 1924 in Mexia, Texas to Robert and Harriet Autrey.

He served in the Navy V-12 Program during World War II. After discharge from the Navy, Byron had a 38-year career in the Music Department at Michigan State University, where he was Chairman of the Brass Department. He was an internationally known performer, clinician and designer. Byron also authored the Basic Guide Trumpet Playing.

Survivors include his wife, two sons, two grandsons and a nephew.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home in East Lansing, Michigan.

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