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James H. Dunston, Jr.



1 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012
Scales & Sons Chapel

Visitation With The Family:
6 -7 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012
Scales & Sons Chapel, 314 E. State Street, Murfreesboro, TN

11 - 12 Noon on Friday, August 31, 2012
Allen Chapel AME Church

Celebration of Life Service:
12 on Friday, August 31, 2012
Allen Chapel AME Church, 224 S. Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN

Following the Service on Thursday, August 30, 2012
Evergreen Cemetery

James Howard Dunston, Jr., was born July 16, 1930 in Rutherford County, Tennessee to James H. Dunston, Sr. and Bessie Woods Dunston, who preceded him in death. He departed this life on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the young age of 82. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Romona Jennings, and son, James H. Dunston, III.

James was baptized and became a member of Allen Chapel AME Church at the age of 10. He was a faithful member of the Usher Board, until his health began to fail.

He was educated in the Rutherford County School System. After graduation, Junior proudly served his country for 6 years in the United States Army.

James was employed with the Murfreesboro City Schools as a Courier, for 31 years. For most of those years he rushed home daily on his lunch hour to watch his favorite soap opera, "The Young and the Restless."

James "Comrade ~ Dunky D.", was the favorite of all the neighborhood kids on "Skate Night." He would gather as many children as he could and take them to the "Hot Wheels" for a great night of entertainment. They all would try to pattern his many leaps and turns to the music on the big rink, but none could compare. He won many trophies and plaques for the skills he produced. He and his granddaughter, Keista was crowned King and Queen at a special event held at "Hot Wheels."

James is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Mary B. Howse Dunston; devoted children, Belvia "Net" (Cleo) Alexander, Joseph Cordell (Cathy) Dunston, and Bernadette "Nesa" (Kenneth) Dunston; 11 grandchildren, loving and devoted granddaughter, Yakeista Dunston, Derrick (Lisa) Alexander of Southaven, Mississippi, Decosta Alexander, Katrice Dunston, Jamese Dunston, Kirkland and Kurtis Dunston of Orlando, Florida, Deron Alexander, Brandon Lawrence, Monae Smart, and Kenyatta Lawrence; 20 great grandchildren; step mother, Mrs. Mattie Dunston; aunt Mrs. Olivia Woods; nieces, Jackie Jennings McGowan, Norita Jennings, and Sylvia Jennings; nephews, Robert, Sherman "Diddy" of Atlanta, Georgia, Michael (Kathleen), John Wayne, Kenny, Kelvin of Atlanta, Georgia, and Clarence (Renee) Jennings; sister-in-law, Gladys (Jesse) Brown; brothers-in-law, John Ed (Elmira) Howse, Howard Howse, Lennard (Ivory) Howse of Denver, Colorado, and Richard Howse; dear friends, Mr. & Mrs. James Lee of Compton, California, and Ben Weatherford of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; several cousins and many, many dear friends.

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

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314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371