Long time Jeff Davis County Emergency Management Agency Director and senior citizens advocate James Dunn died Dec. 3 at Jeff Davis Hospital at the age of 89.
Born April 13, 1931, in Appling County, Mr. Dunn was owner and operator of Dunn-Rite Cabinet Shop, but his largest value to the community was his involvement with fire-rescue and his work with the Jeff Davis County Senior Citizens facility. He organized the Jeff Davis County Fire Department and served as volunteer Fire Chief for many years. He was instrumental in starting the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program, Transportation Program, and Multi-Purpose Center for Senior Citizens. He was the EMA Director for 26 years, was a very active member of First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst and was a beloved PaPa, known to many and will be sadly missed by everyone.
Survivors include his daughters, Debbie Dunn Coley (Keith) of Lumber City and Suzanne Dunn Howard (John) of Hazlehurst; sister, Bertie Helen Crosby of Pine Grove; grandchildren, Allen Keith Coley Jr. (Jennifer), Joshua Marc Coley, Christa Taylor (Kevin), Casey Cravey (Tony), Jayme Crosby (Richard), Aaron Smith and Travis Smith; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Dec. 5 in Hazlehurst City Cemetery with granddaughter, Casey Cravey giving the eulogy, the Rev. Brad Waters and Chief Charles Wasdin officiating.
Funeral honors were provided by South Georgia Honor Guard under the direction of Calvin Hitchcock and the Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Fire Rescue and Jeff Davis County Emergency Management Agency under the direction of Chief Charles Wasdin.
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