Michael Dunn

August 24, 1965 — April 23, 2024

Mr. John Michael Dunn age 58, of Rockwood passed away Tuesday April 23, 2024, at his home. He loved Jesus and his family. He was a member of Faith Promise Church.

He was the namesake of the Michael Dunn Center (MD Center) in Kingston which was established by his grandfather, C.R. Lay and several others in 1971. The Michael Dunn Center serves 1,200 children and adults across the state and employs 400 people. Michael was happy and his smile could light up your world. His hugs were the best. He loved music, especially the Eagles and the movie, Grease, and he loved knowing the Michael Dunn Center had his name on it.

The family wants to thank Michael’s care staff at the Highway 27 group home where he lived: especially Christy, Debbie, Donna, and Eddie. The daily love and care he received from these employees made him happy, healthy, and independent while he lived there. We also want to thank Michaele Butler, Dee Ann Lindsey, and Melinda Johnson who were instrumental in helping with Michael’s move and who have always looked out for him. Michael received services from the Michael Dunn Center for most of his life and our partnership with them contributed much to his success and independence in school, work, and life.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: C.R. and Lorena Lay.

Paternal grandparents: Tom and Mary Dunn.

He is survived by wife of 31 years: Karen Dunn.

Mother: Harriett & husband Ronnie Westmoreland.

Father: Michael Dunn & wife Geraldine.

Brother: Nathan Dunn & wife Erin.

Sister: Gina Noe & husband Doyle.

Along with several other uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Michael Dunn Foundation, 1324 Lawnville Road, Kingston, TN 37763 or online at www.michaeldunncenter.org

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 25 at Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman, TN from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M with funeral services at 8:00 P.M. Internment will be at Kingston Memorial Gardens on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 A.M.

Davis Funeral Home, Harriman, is honored to serve the family of Mr. Michael Dunn.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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