Burley Walter Dunn


Burley Walter Dunn, 93, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020 peacefully at his home in Roxboro. He received loving care from his son, Robin, and daughter, Susan, who helped him with cancer challenges for the past two years. Special nurses from Medi Home Health and Hospice and caregivers from United Home Care also provided comfort and assistance.

Burley was born Jan. 18, 1927 in Person County, the son of the late William Albert Dunn and Sadie Lou Jones Dunn.  He was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters:

Four brothers, Alfred, Bennie, Harry, and Wallace Dunn. Eight sisters;  Alma Clayton, Betty Whitt, Freddie Long, Lewellyn Martin, Missouri Hawkins, Naomi Pickett, Nellie Eddins, and Pauline Brian.

He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Dunn Rossi, of Richmond, Va. and sister-in-law, Judith Dunn, of Alexandria, Va.

Burley was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Elizabeth Braddy Dunn and their son, Michael Walter Dunn. Burley and Susie met on a blind date and were married for 65 years.

Surviving are his son, Rev. Robin Albert Dunn of the home and daughter Susan Diane Dunn McBride and husband, Thomas David McBride of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two grandchildren, Megan Elizabeth McBride and husband William Diachenko and  Sean Thomas McBride and fiancé, Emily Gamiel, all of Raleigh, N.C.

Burley is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Burley was a proud member of the Greatest Generation having served from 1945-1946 in WWII in the Army Infantry and Navy. He was stationed at Camp Croft, Fort Bragg, the Pentagon, Pearl Harbor, and Fort Knox. He participated in Operation Crossroads in the Pacific atomic bomb testing at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on the USS Mount McKinley.

After Burley was discharged from the military, he received a college degree from Elon College in physical education, health, and biology. He played college sports of baseball and football. He completed a Master’s degree in

Education Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

He taught and coached in Person County at Mt. Tirzah and Helena High School. He was the Principal at Hurdle Mills School, Bushy Fork School, and finished his career as Assistant

Principal at Southern Junior High School.

In addition, Burley worked as an Allstate Insurance agent and bought and sold real estate properties, antiques, flea market treasures, and motor vehicles. He was a loyal Ford customer and owned various Mustangs, cars, and trucks.

Burley was an accomplished fisherman, hunter, gardener, collector, baseball player, and softball pitcher. He enjoyed watching the Carolina Panthers football, ACC basketball and cheered for both Duke and UNC. He and Susie enjoyed getting together with family and friends at Lake Hyco and Mabry Mill and traveling to the beach and mountains. Burley shared a generous and loving spirit with entertaining stories. He made a personal connection with whom he met and made you feel special and important.

Burley’s life was a wonderful testament of his Christian faith as a lifelong member of Providence Baptist Church where he sang Bass in the choir.

He followed this favorite Great Commandment: 

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Mark 12:28-31

Burley leaves us the Dunn legacy as a loyal son, brother, cousin, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and friend in the Person County community. Some of his final words of wisdom include:

“HEY! RELAX! Be happy. Have joy in your life. Think positive. Have a good personality. Use your common sense. Help the needy. Don’t worry. Have patience. Treat others how you want to be treated.  Play it by ear. One day at a time. Take care of your family. Leave it to the Lord. “

Blessings of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy!

Due to the COVID virus restrictions, a private family graveside service was held on July 6, 2020 at the Dunn family cemetery at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis McDonald and Rev. Robin Dunn officiating.

Arrangements are by Brooks and White Funeral Home.

Special thanks and appreciation are given to the outstanding caregivers who helped Burley during the past few months:

Dr. James Short and staff, Medi Home Health and Hospice:  Nurses Dawn Johnson and Amber Golden, Chaplain Ken Tart, Social Worker Diane Richardson

United Home Care:  Courtney Clay, Mary Street, Norma Pettiford, Sherrey Guthrie, Sierra Wells, and Terika Nunn

Memorial Donations may be made to Medi Home Care and Hospice, 655 Carver Drive, Suite B, Roxboro, NC  27573 or Providence Baptist Church, 1319 Virgilina Road, Roxboro, NC  27573 or American Cancer Society, Atten: Relay for Life of Person County, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, N.C. 27165

Online condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.


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