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Obituary

Flora Gregg Dunham born December 1, 1929 passed away peacefully three weeks before her 88th birthday, on November 13, 2017 after brief period of declining health.

Born at home in Tippletown Pennsylvania the second child and first daughter to Frank and Ella Gregg. The family soon moved to the stone house in Dysart, PA where she grew up. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Lt. Col (Ret) David Russell Dunham, son Russell L Dunham, brothers Frank (Pinky) and Billy Gregg and sister Lovell Hoover.
The daughter of a one room schoolhouse teacher and coal mine operator, she became a life long educator.

Flora attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and entered the US Air Force after graduation. While serving as an air traffic controller she met her cigar savoring future husband. Informed she wouldn’t date a smoker, Dave happily put out his last cigar.
Soon married, She embarked on a military wife’s career including stays in New York, birthplace of her first two sons; Biloxi Mississippi , birthplace of her third son; Hahn AFB Germany, birthplace of her fourth son; and Fayetteville,NC , birthplace of her fifth and final son.

Flora was: Den Leader for countless Cub Scouts; Sunday School and Training Union teacher to many Baptist children; first woman deacon at Friendship Baptist Church in Bunnlevel; an ordained minister; clown; missionary; and world traveler. She baked her own bread and was finally a resident of her dream country house. She helped plant two churches: in Hanover, PA and Linden, NC. No matter where she lived, she cherished her rural childhood in the mountains of western Pennsylvania.

She taught life changing literacy skills to numerous adults and in the Learning Lab tutored generations of Fayetteville Tech students in everything from accounting to science. Everyone she taught to read wanted to read two things: a restaurant menu and the Bible. She was retired from FTCC.
After her husband’s too early passing, she obtained her Masters in Education from East Carolina University traveling from Linden to Greenville weekly in her final semester. She had a busy local ministry as a clown and taught others clowning. After earlier living in Europe and touring the Holy Lands, She traveled to Wales and Belize on mission trips and to China, London, New Zealand and Turkey later in life.

Against her children’s wishes (and to her grandchildren’s delight) she continued to climb trees, took long walks from her home, did a tandem parachute jump, went hang gliding at Nag’s Head with her sister, and broke her wrist roller blading her driveway with her grandchildren. Sleeping little, she read incessantly, especially mysteries. She loved Agatha Christie, hot chocolate, crossword puzzles, playing bridge and teaching her ladies Sunday school class at Friendship. She sewed her own clothes and loved to paint and sketch.

She is survived by her sons Gregg of Fayetteville, Jeff (Catherine) of Greensboro, Mark (Paula) of Linden, Doug (Deanna) of Sanford, daughter in law Terri of Waverly OH, and grand children Melissa Cooper (John), David (Krista), Patrick (Meredith), Douglas, Paris, Taylor, Caroline, Christopher, Lucy, Davis, Tyler Tippett, and Caleb and Landon Smith. Survivors also include her sister Charlotte and brothers Chuck and Jim. She is also survived by four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be at Friendship Baptist Church in Bunnlevel, NC at 11:00 a.m. Saturday November 18, 2017.The family will receive friends from 10:00-10:45 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at Friendship Baptist Church, PO Box 120, Bunnlevel, NC 28323.