A CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING
FOR THE LIFE OF
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January 26, 1939
September 30, 2020
Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 1:00 P.M.
CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY
120 Watkins Street | Augusta, Georgia
Reverend Dr. Charles E. Goodman, Jr.
Senior Pastor - Teacher
Tabernacle Baptist Church
- Officiating -
Mrs. Mamie Cummings Dunn, was the second daughter born to Andrew and Mary Cummings on January
26, 1939, in Augusta, Georgia. She entered into rest on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
Mamie was a lifelong resident of Augusta and a devoted member of the historic Tabernacle Baptist
Church, where she was baptized at an early age. At Tabernacle, she served faithfully for over seventy
YEARS AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH CHOIR, MISSIONARY SOCIETY, AND JACK RUFFIN SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS.
She also served as the youth choir director, Servant Leader of the Senior Retirees Ministry, and as
a Church Mother.
Mamie was a 1956 graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School and remained active with her alumni class
MEMBERS THROUGH THE YEARS. MAMIE GRADUATED FROM FlSK UNIVERSITY IN 1960 WITH A B.A. IN SOCIOLOGY.
She also obtained a M.A. in Education from the University of Georgia in 1975. During her thirty year
PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH THE RICHMOND COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, SHE TAUGHT AT A.R. JOHNSON
Junior High School, T.W. Josey High School, and The Academy of Richmond County.
AS AN EDUCATOR, MAMIE INSPIRED AND PROVIDED FIRM AND LOVING GUIDANCE TO HER STUDENTS, REGARDLESS
OF THEIR BACKGROUND, THAT LET THEM KNOW SHE LOVED, CARED, AND HELD HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR THEM. TO
THIS DAY, STUDENTS DESCRIBE MRS. DUNN AS A ROLE MODEL, NURTURER, MENTOR, AND SURROGATE MOTHER.
Through the years, when encountering them at community events, church, and other venues, they
WOULD JOYFULLY TELL HER HOW MUCH SHE HAD IMPACTED THEIR LIVES. BECOMING AN ACTIVE USER OF FACEBOOK
in her senior years, she was able to communicate more frequently with her former students, some
FROM AS FAR AWAY AS EUROPE.
In the Augusta community, Mamie was an active member of a variety of social, civic, and philanthropic
ORGANIZATIONS REFLECTING HER STRONG COMMITMENT TO SCHOLARSHIP, COMMUNITY SERVICE, AND EXCELLENCE.
After Mamie retired from teaching, she volunteered alongside her husband, James, with the Downtown
Cooperative Church Ministries. She was a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., with
MEMBERSHIP FOR OVER FORTY YEARS. SHE SERVED AS A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE ZETA Xl OMEGA CHAPTER FROM
Mamie was active with the Tabernacle Baptist Church Senior Retirees Ministry. There she served
as a past President ensuring the seniors were provided healthy meals and given timely/relevant
INFORMATION REGARDING THEIR SEASON OF LIFE. SHE WAS ALSO ACTIVE WITH THE RICHMOND COUNTY RETIRED
Educators Association, Church Women United, the National Association of University Women, where
SHE SERVED AS A PAST PRESIDENT, AND THE NAACP, OF WHICH SHE WAS A LIFE MEMBER. MAMIE WAS A MEMBER OF
the Augusta alumni Chapter of Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha psi Fraternity, Inc., where she served as
President for many years. She received awards and accolades from the Silhouettes, Church Women
United, and NAUW.
Mamie was married on August 24, 1962, in Augusta, Georgia to James H. Dunn, Jr., from this union,
sprang a loving family that was the center of her life. She loved, adored, nurtured, and advocated
FOR HER DAUGHTERS. RENOWNED AS A COOK, MAMIE ENJOYED PREPARING MEALS FOR LARGE FAMILY GATHERINGS
HELD AT HER HOME. FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALIKE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED EATING HER SOUR CREAM POUND CAKE AND
SWEET POTATO SOUFFLE. SHE WAS THE LISTENING EAR FOR NOT ONLY HER CHILDREN, BUT THEIR FRIENDS WHO
BECAME HER EXTENDED FAMILY.
AS A GRANDMOTHER, SHE ENJOYED PARTICIPATING IN HER GRANDCHILDRENS CELEBRATORY EVENTS AND WATCHING
THEM REACH THEIR MILESTONES. HER COMMITMENT TO PHILANTHROPY AND HELPING OTHERS WAS JUST ONE OF THE
WAYS IN WHICH GOD WORKED ABUNDANTLY IN MAMIES LIFE. MAMIE LEAVES A TRADITION OF JOY, DEDICATION TO
EXCELLENCE, COMMITMENTTO SERVICE, AND LOVE OF GOD SO FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL HAVE A FIRM FOUNDATION
UPON WHICH TO CONTINUE HER LEGACY.
Mamie was preceded in death by her father, mother, and husband, James H. Dunn, Jr.
Survivors are: her children, Lisa (Keith) Alford, Kathy Dunn, and Sonya (Darrell) Brailsford; sister,
Nellie Cummings Hampton; sister-in-law, Frankalene Dunn; brother-in-law, James Hatcher; four
GRANDCHILDREN, ALEXANDRIA JOHNSON, LAUREN JOHNSON, CALEB ALFORD, AND CHLOE BRAILSFORD; AND A
HOST OF OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.
Call To Worship
(d)nier of Qdbervice
Reverend Dr. Charles E. Goodman, Jr.
Old Testament | Psalm 121........................Reverend Ethoin Rowe
NewTestament | 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18......Reverend Vanessa Stanley
Prayer of Comfort..............................Reverend Wanda Richardson
I Shall Wear A Crown
Mr. Trey McLaughlin
Reflections.............................................Two Minutes Please
Church Member and Sorority Sister..................Mrs. Eleanor Prince
Lucy C. Laney Class of 56 Classmate.........Reverend Charles Sanders
Former Student, Academy of Richmond County.....Ms. Janice Allen Jackson
Daughter................................................Ms. Kathy Dunn
Acknowledgements..............................Mrs. Sonya Dunn Brailsford
Selection............................................Mr. Trey McLaughlin
May the Works Ive Done Speak For Me
Eulogy................................Reverend Dr. Charles E. Goodman, Jr.
Recessional...................Soon and Very Soon, Going Up Yonder Medley
Darrell Brailsford | Daryl Dunn | Oyama Hampton, 111
Boykin Jones 1 Brian Prince | Tillman Wilson, Jr.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 1 Zeta Xi Omega Chapter
National Association of University Women
Tabernacle Baptist Church Senior Retirees Ministry
church Women United
Augusta Alumni Chapter, Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Dont grieve for me, for now Im free, Im following the path God laid for me.
1 TOOK HIS HAND WHEN I HEARD HIM CALL, I TURNED MY BACK AND LEFT IT ALL.
I COULD NOT STAY ANOTHER DAY, TO LAUGH, TO LOVE, TO WORK OR PLAY.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, Found that place at the close of day.
If PARTING HAS LEFT A VOID, THEN FILL IT WITH REMEMBERED JOY.
A FRIENDSHIP SHARED, A LAUGH, A KISS, AH YES, THESE THINGS I. TOO, WILL MISS.
BE NOT BURDENED WITH TIME OF SORROW, I WISH YOU THE SUNSHINE OF TOMORROW.
My lifes been full, l savored much, Good friends, times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, dont lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me. God wanted me now, He set me free.
The Dunn Family deeply appreciates the many expressions of love, concern, and
KINDNESS SHOWN TO US DURING THIS TIME OF BEREAVEMENT. SPECIAL THANKS TO CHARLES
and Nanette Dillard, Dr. Willie and Betty Frazier, and caregivers, Christina Barrett,
Gwendolyn Kirkland and Denise Townsend. May God bless you and keep you.
In memory of Mamie C. Dunn, donations for scholarships may be made directly to:
Tabernacle Baptist Church, C.S. Hamilton Scholarship Fund,
1223 LaneyWalker Boulevard.. Augusta, GA 30901 and/or
Fisk University, Office of institutionalAdvancement
1000 17 th Ave., North Nashville, TN 37208.
Online donations may be made at: https://connect.fisk.edu/donation-form-one-time-gift.
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