SYMSONIA — Lillard Dunn, Jr., 87, passed away January 20, 2013, surrounded by his children.
He was born April 3, 1925, to Lillard, Sr. and Vera Bogle Dunn in Carlisle County, Ky. He was saved June 6, 1943, surrendered to preach May 20, 1956, and ordained to preach February 2, 1958; he pastored 9 churches during his 40 years of ministry and was a member of the Symsonia Baptist Church.
He served his country while in the Army during WWII from June 1943 to January 1946 with Battery B 126 AA Artillery Gun Battalion and was engaged in 5 major battles including the Battle of the Bulge.
He achieved a Bachelor of Science degree from Bethel College in 1962, and a Master of Science degree from Murray State University in 1978.
During his working years he was a carpenter, English and history teacher, health inspector, carpentry teacher, and principal of the Fulton County Vocational School.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary Margaret Ballard Dunn, with whom he had 6 children.
He is survived by his son, Tim (June) Dunn of Symsonia; daughters, Mareda Stairs of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Sandra (Boyce) Crowley of Symsonia, Cathy Dunn (Lee Ann Mikels) of Creal Springs, Ill., Teresa (Craig) Beckham of Hickory, Lisa (John) McManus of West Paducah. Also surviving are grandchildren, Kevin (Melissa) Stairs, Cory (Lisa) Crowley, Jodi (Sergio) Weiberg, Jeremy (Rachel) Crowley, Sean (Jennifer) Beckham, and Joshua McManus.
He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, Lynsey, Logan, and Lucas Stairs, Sydney and Bennett Weiberg, Shelby, Katie, Jaxon, and Eli Crowley, and Peyton and Andrew Beckham.
He is survived by two sisters, Inez Reddick and Ruby Hobbs; and a brother, Billy Dunn, all of Carlisle County. Survivors also are Leta Dunn, former wife and her daughter, Angelita Hendrickson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Keith and Bobby Dunn.
Services for Mr. Lillard Dunn, Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield, Ky., with Rev. Rick Miller officiating.
Interment will follow at Highland Park Cemetery.
Those serving as pallbearers will be Kevin Stairs, Sergio Weiberg, Cory Crowley, Jeremy Crowley, Sean Beckham, John McManus, Craig Beckham and Joshua McManus. Boyce Crowley will be the Honorary pallbearer.
Friends may call on the family after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the funeral home.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 0026.