George Carroll Dunn Sr.
George Carroll Dunn Sr., 98, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at FirstHealth Hospice House. He had lived in the Penick Village community in Southern Pines for the past 11 years.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church, in Ozark, Ala. Burial will follow at Westview Memorial Cemetery.
Born in Ozark, Ala., he was the son of George Luther Dunn and Corinne Carroll Dunn. An avid artist, he was a 1935 graduate of Auburn University. He remained loyal to his alma mater and the Kappa Sigma fraternity throughout his life. He also studied at the Phoenix Art School in Manhattan during the time that Norman Rockwell was an instructor.
He turned down a subsequent scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to join the U.S. Navy in the years prior to World War II. But he was called home en route to the Pacific when his father died unexpectedly. This led to a long career as a partner in M.O. Carroll Grocery Company, a family owned and operated wholesale grocery enterprise serving several states.
For close to 40 years, he served on the board of directors of the Bank of Ozark, now Wells Fargo, and for one term as its Chairman. He was an early member of the Ozark Kiwanis Club and was at one time its president. For more than 88 years, he remained active in the First United Methodist Church of Ozark. He served on the board of stewards both as a member and as its chairman.
A son, Dr. George Carroll Dunn Jr., preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, other family members who predeceased him were a sister, Marie White Ard; and a brother, Oscar Carroll Dunn.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Elizabeth Tilley Dunn, of Ozark and Southern Pines; a daughter, Shipley Dunn Jenkins and her husband, Dr. Joseph McKendrie Jenkins, of Chapel Hill; a granddaughter, Dr. Tilley Jenkins Vogel and her husband, Dirk Vogel, of Seattle; grandsons Joseph Campbell Jenkins and his wife, Mary McCrory Sebastian Jenkins, of Chapel Hill, and George McKendrie Jenkins, of Washington D.C.; a brother, James Carroll Dunn and his wife, Peggy Olofsson Dunn, of Ozark; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Andrews Dunn, of Ozark; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, 167 E. Broad St., Ozark, AL 36360; FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 251 Campground Road, Pinehurst, NC; Penick Village Thiede Fund for Employee Emergencies, P.O. Box 2001, Southern Pines, NC 28388; or to any charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at www.HolmanFuneralHome.com.
Holman Funeral Home of Ozark is serving the family.