Obituaries » Vernon ''Mickey'' Lewis Dunn, Sr.
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April 20, 1956 - January 2, 2015
Vernon Lewis Dunn, Sr. was born April 20, 1956 in Washington, DC to the late John Dunn and Mattie Dunn Owens. He departed this life on January 2, 2015 at the MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Vernon graduated from South Park High School here in Beaumont, Texas in 1974. He then entered Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. While attending college, he met Edyie Joyner; they were married on June 12, 1982 with a wedding party of 36 friends and family members. Their union produced two children: Ebonie & Vernon Jr. (“Bubbie”).
In 1975, Vernon pledged Iota Phi Theta Fraternity and has held many titles, including dean of pledges and Polaris (president of the organization). He was awarded the undergraduate Brother of the Year award, which was given to him in recognition of his mastery of community service and leadership. He was also selected as the top “Brother” in the nation. Friendships formed at Morgan State became a lifelong commitment to Vernon. A bond not severed by distance or time, he always reached out to others and made them smile.
In 1983, Vernon worked for the City of Beaumont as a jailer. After that, he worked for the State of Texas in the Child Protective Services. He continued his leadership and community service role when he worked for Communities In Schools for nineteen years, where he was promoted to the position of Executive Director; he also worked at Buckner Children and Family Services at night. For the last three years, he worked at Aluma, an industrial site, in Humble, Texas; there, he made new lifelong friends until he succumbed to his illness.
Vernon started Undisputed Truth, which consisted of a men’s basketball team, three softball teams (men’s, women’s, and co-ed) that played all over the state of Texas and Louisiana, and a social club; this was a healthy way to socialize and stay active. He was also one of the founders of the Southern Black Softball Association. He was always family-oriented. When our couples started having children, he created and named a t-ball team for them, Undisputed Truth Too.
Vernon was a member of the NAACP and was a recipient of the Beaumont NAACP Youth and Community Service Award in 2004. He was also an active and devoted member of Sunlight Baptist Church.
Vernon leaves to mourn his mother, Mattie Dunn Owens; wife, Edyie Dunn; daughter, Ebonie Dunn of Beaumont, Texas; son, Vernon Dunn, Jr. (“Bubbie”) of New York, New York; brother, Leonard Dunn of Beaumont, Texas, his wife Mary, and their children Mason and Jennifer; sister, Candace Dunn-Brown of Madison, Mississippi, husband Byron, and their children Brionna and Devin; brother, Johnnie Owens of Houston, Texas, his wife Suzanne, and their children Jasmine and Julian; brother Michael Owens of Denver, Colorado; brother, Clarence Owens, Jr. of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Linda Joyner-Grady of Port St. Lucie, Florida, her husband Irving, and children Tasheka and Irving Jr. (“Jay”) as well as uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, a fraternity of brothers, sweethearts, and friends.
Celebration of Life services for “Mickey” will be on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church, 3755 Fannett Rd. in Beaumont. There will be a visitation at 10 a.m. until the home-going service at 12 noon. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery under the professional care and direction of Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel.
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