2016-11-10 / Obituaries


Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama for Henry Griffin Dunagan, 85, of Jackson.

Mr. Dunagan died Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Jackson Medical Center in Jackson.

Burial was in Ulcanush Baptist Church Cemetery in Coffeeville immediately following the service.

He was born July 20, 1931 in Coffeeville, Alabama. He spent his early years attending Coffeeville schools until he enlisted in the Navy at age 18. After four years in the Navy, he joined the Air Force. On the day he graduated from college in 1961, he was called into active duty with the National Guard during the Berlin Crisis.

Mr. Dunagan was a retired educator who cherished his time teaching, coaching and being a headmaster. His teaching career included Thomasville High School, Pine Hill High School, Catherine Academy, Nunnelly Technical School (Childersburg), Grove Hill Academy and Alabama Southern Community College. Coaching his boys on baseball teams remained very dear to his heart.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson. Being active in his church was most important and he served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon. He and his wife went on numerous mission trips around the United States to help build and lead Bible schools for children. He was a board member at the Alpha Center in Jackson and was very involved in supporting mission efforts to Nicaragua. He was passionate about loving Jesus and loving people.

While living in Coffeeville, he was a firefighter with the Coffeeville Fire Department and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #122. He helped begin New Faith Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jonathan Levi “Baud” Dunagan; his mother, Stella Viola Dunagan Counselman, and his step-father, AG Counselman. He was also preceded in death by his siblings: Ruby Peters, Eunice Hester, Bernice Parden, Doris Parden, Jimmy Dunagan and Aubyn Havard.

He is survivors by his wife of 58 years, Janie Kathleen Claton Dunagan of Jackson; his daughter and son-in-law, Donette and Tim Mullinix of Jackson; his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Julie Dunagan, of Birmingham. He is also survived by the four grandchildren he adored: Judd (Amanda) Mullinix of Dallas, TX; Levi Dunagan of Birmingham, AL; Anna Kate Mullinix of Diriamba, Nicaragua and Griffin Mullinix of Mobile, AL. He also cherished numerous nephews and nieces.

Visitation was held on Sunday, November 5, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jackson.

Active pallbearers were Judd Mullinix, Levi Dunagan, Anna Kate Mullinix, Griffin Mullinix, Cameron Bumpers, Windham Jackson and Dylan Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were FBC Tuesday Night Men’s Bible Study members, Men of FBC Senior Adult Sunday School Class and lifelong friend and neighbor, Walter Grey Brooks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to BMDMI-Redeemer House Nicaragua. Gifts may made by mail to 11 Plaza Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, online at bmdmi.org, or at First Baptist Church in Jackson. Checks should be made to BMDMI and noted for Redeemer House and in memory of Henry Dunagan.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.lathanfuneralhomejackson.com.   

Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.





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