James Robert Dunn

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  • "Dear Barry,Debra and family, I am so sorry for your loss...."
  • "Truly a giant in our community. May Jim's memory reflect..."
    - Howard Smith
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James Robert Dunn, 93, a member of a pioneer Daytona Beach family, died Tuesday, September 10. He was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Daytona Beach at the Fairview Avenue home of his parents, Helen Knox Dunn and James Blair Dunn. He attended North Ridgewood Elementary School along with many cousins and friends from the neighborhood. At 14, when he was a tenth grader at Mainland High School, he was offered a music scholarship to Florida Military Academy in St. Petersburg. The offer came during the Depression, and the scholarship provided food, lodging, expenses and clothing for him so his parents made the decision to accept it. He finished his last two years of high school there and enrolled at the University of Florida in 1936 when he was 16. There he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and was chosen to play the trumpet in the Gator Marching Band. At the end of his sophomore year he spent his summer vacation working at Dunn Brothers Hardware, a family business established in 1905 by his grandfather, father and two uncles. His experience there made him realize he wanted to join the family business, so he transferred to Bowling Green Business University in Kentucky to finish his business degree. He returned to Daytona Beach and joined Dunn Brothers in 1939, working in sales and advertising. He met Eva Ruth Fuller and they were married in October of 1940. Jim joined the Army Air Corps and after attending Officers Candidate School, he was stationed in Detroit and then later transferred to South America where he served as a Captain attached to the Air Transport Command. Following the war he returned to Daytona Beach and worked in the family businesses for 45 years, serving in several capacities including president. He retired in 1985. His faith and the church family of First Presbyterian Church, Daytona Beach, were a strong presence in his life. During his 73 years of membership, he served as both a deacon and elder. Jim joined the Daytona Beach Rotary Club in 1946, served in many capacities including a term as president, was a Paul Harris Fellow and remained an honorary member until his death. An avid football fan, he looked forward to the Monday night meetings of the Daytona Beach Quarterback Club, where he was elected Captain in 1957. While carrying business responsibilities and raising his family, Jim managed to devote considerable time and effort to community affairs. His record of public service includes service as Treasurer, Board Member and President of the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, President of the Downtown Merchants Association, three years as a Board Member of the United Fund and Chairman of the Cancer Crusade for two terms. Jim and Ruth were avid golfers, loved fishing and boating as well as traveling and vacationing in North Carolina until her death in 1983. Jim and Peg Shaw were married the following year and celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in April of this year. They spent many summers at their North Carolina home, enjoyed traveling and served the Daytona Beach community by delivering Meals On Wheels for 7 years. Additional survivors include his son, Barry, and wife Deborah, Daytona Beach; his daughter, Jan Hammond and husband Kim, Flagler Beach; grandchildren Paige Wolpert and husband, Ed, Orlando; Todd Hammond and wife, Lisa, Oviedo; Coleen Hall and husband, Rob, Port Orange; Amanda Rapp and husband, Steve, Roswell, GA; and Jennifer Barnack and husband, Bart, Port Orange. He was also blessed with 13 great grandchildren and looked forward to seeing pictures of them and hearing about their activities as well as humorous anecdotes that always put a smile on his face. Visitation will be held today (on Friday, Sept. 13), between the hours of 6 to 8 PM at Lohman Funeral Home Daytona, 1423 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach, FL. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1:00 PM; interment will take place immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jim's honor to First Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach at 620 South Grandview Ave., Daytona Beach, FL, 32118, or Florida Hospital HospiceCare at 770 West Granada Blvd., Suite 304, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2013
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