With great sorrow, the family of Barry Lynn Dunn, announces his passing on April 23. He was the son of Samuel Smith and Lessie (Yelverton) Dunn, born Oct. 15, 1927, in Jackson, Tenn., and moved to Atlanta soon after his birth. He grew up in West End, attended Tech High School, and was baptized and spent his youth at Gordon Street Baptist Church. He was a member of what is now called the “Greatest Generation,” and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1947, he married his loving sweetheart Helen Sewell of Grove Park, and together they moved to Decatur in 1952, to raise their three children.
Dunn was a highly respected baseball and football coach at Midway Ball Park where he taught his sons and many youths the fundamentals of both games. He continued coaching until his sons graduated from high school, and then went on to coach the Georgia Power Company softball team.
He worked for Georgia Power for 42 years, and continued friendships with his colleagues whom he considered family, long after his retirement. Dunn was an avid golfer, and loved working and gardening in his yard. He was an outstanding husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle and beloved friend. He was well-known and admired by all for his humorous stories and quick wit. Dunn was preceded in death by his son Dennis Wayne Dunn; parents Sam and BeBe Dunn; and his sisters Norma Barden and Judy McCoughney.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 65.5 years, Helen Sewell Dunn; daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Lee Durden; son Johnny Dunn; granddaughters Getra Thomason and fiancé Mark Sanders, Diana and Kevin Westberry, Lisa and
Laura Lynn Dunn; great-granddaughter Reese Dunn; and faithful, lifelong friends Buddy and Peggy Howard.
Funeral services for Mr. Dunn will be held 1 p.m. today, April 26, at First Baptist Church, in Covington, with Pastor Ralph Meaker, Pastor Charles Reynolds and Pastor Tim Barnes officiating, and interment following in Covington City Cemetery.
Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – GA Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346.