The family and community of Archer City are mourning the loss of a special young man whose life was cut short at the young age of 21. John Michael Aulds Jr. was returning from Mississippi after visiting his college girlfriend when his vehicle veered off the road near Texarkana last Friday morning, causing a single car accident that took his life.
Michael is the son of J. Michael “Mike” Aulds Sr., owner of Aulds Funeral home in Archer City and Electra, and the late Lou Ann “Pebbles” Aulds. He is the brother of Alex and Abby Aulds.
Michael was a 2017 Archer City High School graduate. He just completed his junior year at Ole Miss where he was pursuing a degree in Finance. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. In tribute to Michael, his fraternity posted of him, “Michael was the definition of a man, influencing and motivating those around him to be successful and never failing to do what was right. He brought a positive, prominent energy to any room he was in, accompanied by a contagious laugh and persistent attitude. He was loyal, accountable, intelligent, interpersonal and most of all a great friend to anyone he encountered.”
Michael was in a relationship with “the love of his life,” Courtney Zeidner. She wrote, “I don’t even have the words to describe this amazing man. Wish I could just hug and kiss him once more. I met Michael during summer orientation 2017. After meeting him I just had that feeling that my life would forever be changed. We had the best 3 years of college together. We never fought or argued; we just loved each-other. He radiated joy and could cheer anyone up with his charisma and smile. He was smart, hardworking, loving, honest, giving, funny, and so much more. He made me a better person. I can go on forever about him. But most importantly he walked through his life with Christ.”
Michael’s cousin, Ryan Laudermill, said, “It was such a joy to watch Michael grow from a boy into such a hardworking, respectful young man.” He added, “Our family’s message to others is never fail telling someone how much you love them because you just never know.”
One of the hardest things of living in a small town is losing members of the community. Archer City has had its share of losing many young people in the prime of their lives. It is heartbreak we all share together. Love and prayers for the Aulds’ family during this difficult time.