Hugh Bachman Auton, 67, of Prosperity, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on March 22, 1947, in Newberry, he was a son of the late Houseal Walter and Sarah Mae Hipp Auton. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a retired electrician. Mr. Auton was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church, the Newberry Moose Lodge and Lake Murray Abate.

He is survived by daughters, Tammy Auton Kunkle, Heather A. Auton, Nena L. (Brian) Auton, Michelle A. (Jason) Kinard, Sarah E. (Ryan) Auton; a sister, Wanda A. (Charlie) Amick; his twin brother, Henry T. (Phyllis) Auton; grandchildren, Cathryn Kunkle, Ashlyn Kunkle, Brooklyn Walck, Kade Bleichner, Madisen Stroud, Emily Stroud, Gracyn Koon, McKenzie Kinard, Kaylee Kinard and Julianne Kinard and his canine companion, Blue Auton. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Vanna Jeannette Auton and a grandson, John Dalton Derrick

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Macedonia Lutheran Church by the Rev. Randall Derrick and Rev. Wako Cotney. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00- 6:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Auton, 72 State Park Road, Prosperity. Memorials may be made the Freedom and Hope Foundation, 161 Circle H. Woods Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Any of his biker brothers wishing to ride along on “Hugh Dogs” last ride are invited to gather at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon by 3:00 pm for the procession.

Honorarary pallbearers will be all of his biker brothers, Randy Aull, Brian Bleichner, Charlie Amick, Bruce Jordan, Wesley Dillashaw, Ross McLeod, Tony Stokes, Mike Oswald, Mark Hipp, Craig Hipp, Phyllis Auton, Curtis Stockman and Oscar and Dolly Corsaut.

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#46 mckenzie kinard 2020-03-05 18:08
5 years ago today i lost my grandaddy, my best friend. i miss you so much, i still sleep with your jacket sometimes and our picture together at the veteran's day assembly is my lock screen. there's not a day that goes by that i don't think about you. i love you so much. and i miss you
#45 Steve Metts 2015-12-11 16:16
To Hugh Dog's family; I remember him from high scdool, and then our ways went north and south, but i can still see him as then, a great guy and The Tribute could be no better--MAY GOD'S MERCY AND ARMS BE AROUND YOU ALL.
#44 Tammy Auton 2015-03-26 01:34
A Tribute To Daddy - One Last Ride

We are here today to honor and remember a great man. For the longest time, I just sat there staring at the blinking cursor on the blank screen of my computer, through blurred vision wondering, how on earth am I going to be able to honor such a great man? A man that is cherished, loved and admired by so many. A man that I love and admire beyond words, beyond comparison and beyond comprehension. A man that I am privileged, honored and proud to be his daughter...a man that was not only my daddy, he was my hero and above all he was my best friend…

I would like to thank everyone for being here today to help honor, remember and celebrate the life of this great man...the life of Hugh Bachman Auton.

Some knew him as Hugh...there's a handful of us that know him as and call him daddy...but all of us know him as the infamous “Hugh Dog”...resident owner of the Dog House of Prosperity, SC.

Daddy was an Army veteran of the Vietnam war. He served 3 years in the Army Field Artillery. Daddy was very proud of his service to his he should be.

Daddy was a very compassionate and caring man and in spite of his small physical build my daddy had the biggest heart of any man I know. To know him was to love him. My cousin Tracey best describe Daddy perfectly saying he was an amazingly unique man who had the gift of being able to bring a smile to your face in the most difficult of times. Daddy did have great sense of humor, did he not? He had a unique and twisted sense of humor that he has definitely passed to all of his daughters. Unique doesn't even begin to describe Hugh Dog, they broke the mold when he was born (Yeppa, Yeppa, Yeppa).

Daddy was a hard working man and he worked hard for everything he had. He was an electrician by trade but pretty much could do anything he set his mind too. Daddy could work circles around men half his age. He was very independent and stubborn. Stubbornness, is apparently a mandatory character trait of an Auton. When daddy got his mind set on something there was no changing it.

Daddy was the proud father of 5 daughters. Well, actually 6 daughters, we had a sister that was stillborn, Vanna Jeannette Auton. And daddy loved all of us with all his heart. People would ask him, 5 girls really? And daddy said would say yeah, 5 girls and he would tell them, Lord please forgive me, but daddy would tell them that it takes a real man to knock the balls off. He also said that if he ever had a son it probably would squat to pee, and guess what? Daddy's son Blue actually does squat to pee.

Daddy was always full of life and laughter and he loved to have a good time. He loved to laugh and he loved making others laugh. He would always say life is too short not to laugh and not to have fun. And my daddy was the definition of fun. He was always the practical jokester. One particular day, several years ago I had stopped by daddy's house and when I got there, I noticed all of these cotton balls everywhere with a bright yellow substance on them. So I asked, daddy, what in the world are you doing, what are all of these cotton balls from? My daddy had no shame and he was very proud of his “full moon” and he had a habit of dropping trou whenever the mood would strike. If there is any one here that has ever worked with daddy, y'all know exactly what I'm talking about. Daddy would be at work and he would call one of his work buddy's name from across the way and he would turn around and, well you get the picture. Apparently, daddy did this quite often. This one particular time and if I'm not mistaken it was Daddy's birthday, he was working out at VC Summer and a group of his buddy's, I think it took like 6 or 7 men, grabbed daddy, held him and pulled his pants down and painted his derriere florescent yellow. And a regular shower did not take it off so daddy had used a whole bag of cotton balls along with a bottle of rubbing alcohol to try to remove the glare from his bottom but did not succeed. Daddy was not mad nor was he ever upset that his friends had done that to him because daddy knew very well that he had asked for it and he deserved it. He actually made another joke about it. Imagine that. He said that since his “fullmoon” was painted like the sun he was literally a walking “total eclipse” and he was just that for 2 whole weeks.

I knew daddy was a very special man and not only was he an exceptional father, brother, grand daddy and uncle. He was an amazing friend. Daddy truly and unconditionally loved his family and his friends. To daddy, his friends were his family and you are truly blessed if he has ever referred to you as his “brother from another mother”. And you knew Daddy loved you because he would always tell you. For his girls, out of the blue he would say, “Baby, I love you”. And sometimes he would tell us like he would tell all of you…”Love you, mean it, more...”, well you know the rest. Daddy has always been loved by everyone that ever had the opportunity to know him for he knew no strangers.

Daddy loved people and always loved having people around him..people of all ages, for friendship has no age or age limit. He loved most anything to do outdoors unless it was cold, daddy could not stand the cold and cold weather. He loved to fish and he loved sports. Daddy was a die hard Carolina Gamecock fan. He loved his Gamecocks even at times when the Gamecocks didn't love him and weren't playing a good as daddy thought they should.

Daddy loved hosting his cookouts at the infamous Dog House of Prosperity…wher e “what happens at the Dog House stays at the Dog House”. At the Dog House, everybody was welcome...”the more the merrier” Daddy would say. All of Daddy's invites were what we call an “open invitation”, once daddy had invited you, he expected you to come back. He opened up his heart and his home to all of his family and everyone he considered as friends. His home was your home and he genuinely made you feel that way. And how can we ever forget the Hugh Dog breakfast? At least once a weekend we would go to daddy's for his special Hugh Dog Breakfast. It consisted of bacon, yellow grits, toast with the 5 circles of butter on it and 2 eggs made to order any way you wanted them. As much as my girls love their sleep, that was one thing they made sure they got up for, because they did not want to miss out. For those of you who were ever fortunate enough to have been treated to a Hugh Dog Breakfast we can describe it in one word. Daddy's word. YUMMY!

Daddy loved to dance and he was pretty good at it. It wouldn't be anything unusual for you to walk into the Palm's Grill and Bar or the original Buffalo Creek or he old Buckaroo's and see daddy in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by 15 to 20 women electric sliding away.

Daddy loved riding his motorcycle. He was a biker through and was in his blood. Poker runs and Freedom rides or just because rides, he was always ready. Some of my most favorite memories are of riding with him on these rides. We had the most fun. Before then, I never knew what the hype was all about...until that one crisp morning in April of 2005. Daddy had asked me to ride with him on a poker run. That's all it took. There was nothing else like it in the comparison. And the fellowship and friends that you make along the ride...irreplac eable. I now know, what the hype is all about. That's why we felt it fitting when we were making these plans to give daddy one last ride.

I don't know if any of you know this, but my daddy was an avid hunter...a dear hunter and hunting season was always open. Daddy would go hunting every Friday and Saturday night. For daddy was hunting a very special kind of dear…the 2 legged, white tail doe and he was always searching for the next Mrs. Hugh Auton (Yeah, Baby)

I know most of you are sitting here thinking that because we are here today Daddy never not his miracle. Please don't feel sorry for my daddy...because daddy did get his miracle. Remember, miracles come in many different forms and many different ways. For the past couple of years, this has been a long, tough and extremely hard journey for not just daddy but for me and my girls and my sisters and my nieces and nephew, for Aunt Wanda and Uncle Charlie and their family and especially for Uncle Henry and Aunt Phyllis. For not only is Uncle Henry daddy's brother, he is daddy's twin...daddy's half. Not only do they share he same parents, they shared the same womb. A connection...a bond that is indescribable and unexplainable. My sisters and I were blessed to be a witness to daddy and Uncle Henry's special bond during daddy's last days. We knew that being a twin was something extraordinary but really did not have a clue until we were able to actually see that connection for ourselves... that connection that goes much deeper just siblings. We watched them look at each other with such admiration, respect and love. It was absolutely amazing and one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen. They communicated without ever uttering a single word. A picture of true love.

A good friend of mine told me that if there's ever been a family that has stuck together through many things, it would be the Auton's. However, this journey hasn't been easy for any of us and it almost tore us apart. But when it came time to do what we all needed to for our daddy and brother, all differences were set aside and everyone stepped up to the plate. For no matter what differences there maybe the love between us is still there and no matter what, it always will be.

Daddy truly loved his daughters. However, all you in here know, I was his favorite. What? Just kidding. After all, he did love me the longest...just saying. For those of you who don't know, my sisters and I always joked about who was daddy favorite and whom he loved the most. Every Christmas we would race to open our cards and read them to prove who daddy loved the most. Daddy loved watching us do that and hearing us fight over him. Laying all jokes aside, we are all daddy's favorite. For he loved each one of us for who we are...his daughters.

In the final days with daddy, my sisters and I stayed with him in his room. We called it our sleepovers with daddy, although we didn't get much sleep. I really enjoyed spending that time with them reconnecting and reminiscing about our childhood and sharing our favorite times and memories spent with our daddy. We stayed up all night and we would laugh and we would cry. I'm sure daddy wish we would have been quiet and went to sleep. Daddy loved his daughters and all he ever wanted was all of us together. Remember when I said Miracles come in many different forms and many different ways? Daddy's miracle came in the gift of his daughters. The last night we spent with daddy, we sent a message to Michelle to come straight to the hospital after she dropped her girls off at school so that we could have a moment with our daddy with just his daughters before the crowd came. Michelle wasn't able to stay with us because she had a sick child. I truly believe that our daddy heard us that night. He heard his girls laughing and cutting up like old times and he knew that Michelle was on her way. His wish had come true, his miracle had been granted. Daddy had all of his girls back together and he went ever so peacefully.

Daddy will be missed in so many ways by so many people. I for one, will miss his smile, the sweet sound of his laughter and his warm hugs.

I'd like to share a scripture with all of you that a dear friend pointed out to me the other day. I think it describes daddy's journey perfectly.

2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race: I have kept the faith.

Daddy put up good fight, that's for sure. And now his race is finished. He always kept his faith, his faith in his Lord and Savior and his faith in us, his daughters.

You can let go now daddy, you can let go
your little girls are ready to do this on our own
It's gonna be a little bit scary but we want you to know
We'll be okay now, daddy, you can let go...
#43 Becky Adams Manning 2015-03-11 23:57
Wanda,Henry, and all Hugh's family so sorry for your lost. Just heard today oare I would of been to see you. Love and prayers for all, Becky
#42 Mary Jo L Piester 2015-03-10 01:33
Tammy and Family ~ We are truly sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you all comfort, peace, and grace today and the days ahead during this most difficult time. God Bless You All~ William & Mary Jo L Piester, Billie L Lominick, Jason Brooks, Zackery, Jayden, & Xander DeLoach ~
#41 ANNIE STOUDEMIRE 2015-03-09 12:53
To the Auton Family, especially Henry & Phyllis. We are all thinking about you in this time of loss. May the Lord bless all of you & keep you in his mercy. Bless all of you. You all will be in our thoughts & prayers.
#40 karen 2015-03-07 14:17
May God wrap his loving arms around all family and friends! Hugh Dog will be sadly missed!
Love, Karen & Scott Greene
#39 Brenda Wiley 2015-03-07 12:28
Tammy and family, Dave and I are so sorry for your loss. Hugh is a great person and loved by many. I always thought the world of him and he always had a great big smile and a hug for me every time I seen him. He will be missed. Love Dave and Brenda aka Weezie
#38 Sheriff Lee Foster 2015-03-07 09:58
Our family would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved, Hugh. He lived life to the fullest and is now riding the streets of gold in Heaven. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#37 Kay C. Richardson 2015-03-07 07:58
To The Auton Family I was so sorry to hear about Hugh. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
#36 Phyllis B Jolley 2015-03-07 00:24
Henry, Phyllis & family - So sorry for your loss & we are keeping you close in thought & prayer. May God, family & friends give you comfort & strength during this difficult time. With sincere sympathy, Phyllis & Chip
#35 Cheryl Cregger 2015-03-06 22:19
Tammy,Michelle, Phyllis, Hugh & family,
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
#34 Benda and Steve Long 2015-03-06 17:54
Dear Auton Family. We are so sorry to hear about Hugh. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Brenda and Steve
#33 Debbie & Len Turner 2015-03-06 17:50
Len and I were sadden to hear of Hugh's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
#32 Judi B. Wessinger 2015-03-06 17:42
Special thoughts & prayers to McKenzie Kinard, Hugh's granddaughter, who asked for prayers for Hugh on Tuesday at Good News Club. Hope someone will pass the word to her that "Miss Judi" is thinking of her.
#31 Richard Miller 2015-03-06 17:12
Aunt Wanda and family, my thougts and pryers are with you in the coming days.
#30 Harold & Ola Mae Fulmer 2015-03-06 16:49
To all the AUTON Family,
We are deeply saddened by Hugh's death. He is now at Peace and out of pain. May our Loving Heavenly Father wrap His arms around you and comfort and give you Peace knowing he is in a better place.
With Christian Love,
Harold & Ola Mae Fulmer
#29 Cheryl Huffstetler 2015-03-06 16:26
I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to the memories to help get you through this difficult time.
Love ya
Cheryl Huffstetler
#28 Suzanne Summer 2015-03-06 15:32
Tammy and family,
John and I are so sorry to hear about your Daddy. We pray God will be with you all and bring you comfort and peace. Our thoughts are with you. John and Suzanne Summer
#27 Stacie Martin 2015-03-06 12:04
Very sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed. We will be praying for your family. Michael & Stacie Martin
#26 Janice Boozer Meeks 2015-03-06 11:56
I am so sad to learn of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Janice (Boozer) & Tommy Meeks
#25 .Heather Odell 2015-03-06 11:17
Sending loving thoughts and prayers to all of you!!! Genuinely, Heather O' Dell
#24 Mary & Rodney 2015-03-06 10:18
To the Auton family, You are in our thoughts and prayers at the loss of Hugh. I remember a lot of good times we had and will always cherish those memories as I know you will also. God Bless each of you.
#23 Janice Long 2015-03-06 09:19
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. With much sympathy, Janice
#22 Susan Terry 2015-03-06 08:59
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

#21 Cindy Whitehead 2015-03-06 00:45
To All The Family of mr Auton you all are in my thoughts and prayers it was a blessing to be able to take care of your Father love
cindy whitehead union s.c.
#20 Johnathan Aull 2015-03-06 00:02
I'm going to miss you.You were a person that could make any situation seem fine.Thanks for being a part of my life.I will always remember all the wonderful things you did.Hope to see you in heaven one day.
#19 Randy Aull 2015-03-05 23:56
My best friend and brother like no other.You'll always be in my heart and in my mind.Love you always and your family.Hope you're looking down at me now and know how much I miss you.
#18 Dolly-Wayne Blount 2015-03-05 23:28
Tammy , we are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You and all your family will have our prayers and sympathy. May God hold you all in his arms during this sad time.
Wayne and Dolly Blount
#17 Mike Oswald 2015-03-05 21:12
My brother from another mother, may you rest in peace. You will always be in my heart. I will miss you very much.

Your Brother,
#16 Libby Wessinger 2015-03-05 21:10
Heather and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by your precious memories of your dad in the days ahead. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.
#15 Kathy Bolanf 2015-03-05 19:30
I'm sorry to hear about Hugh. Please know y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. God will bless you with His comfort and give you strength. Hold on to the memories. Hugh always knew how to have a good time. Blove y'all.
#14 Joni son 2015-03-05 17:59
We are so sorry for your loss. Hugh dog will be missed. I love u all very much. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We love u all. Joni and Christopher Son
#13 Donna Berley 2015-03-05 16:31
Jimmy and I are praying for the entire family. I will never forget his infectious laughter and all the jokes! He was such a special man and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with everyone.
#12 Vicki Hendrix 2015-03-05 14:46
So very sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. He was always so happy and so much fun to be around. He loved his family so much. You are all in my prayers.
#11 Pam DeHart 2015-03-05 14:29
So sorry for the loss of Hugh. All of you are in my prayers and sending love to you all. Rest in Peace Hugh.
#10 Lynn Wessinger 2015-03-05 14:00
We are so sorry to hear about Hugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#9 Judy Moore 2015-03-05 13:57
May you find peace in God's presence and never ending love.

In christian love, Judy Moore
#8 luann l gross 2015-03-05 13:57
Tammy & family I'm so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
#7 Lisa Amick Mowbray 2015-03-05 13:49
You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gaynell & Patricia Amick
Forrest & Lisa Mowbray
#6 Wendy Shealy 2015-03-05 13:38
Dear Tammy & family, We are so sorry to hear about Hugh. Our prayers are with you all. Wendy & Johnny Shealy
#5 Bart Dominick 2015-03-05 13:33
Tammy and Family,
We are sorry to hear of your father's passing. May Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Bring You Peace.
Bart, Debbie and Family
#4 Craig Morris 2015-03-05 13:21
#3 Jackie & Doug 2015-03-05 11:10
Tammy, I am so sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#2 Beverly-Jimmy Martin 2015-03-05 09:42
Tammy and family. Jimmy and I are so saddened to hear of Hugh-Dogs passing. You are all in our prayers.
#1 Dorothy and Pat Long 2015-03-05 09:26
To all the Auton Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, Dorothy and Pat

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