ODESSA — James Edgar Dunn of Odessa was
born on January 21, 1921, in Freeport, Texas, to James Arlee Dunn and
Martha Elizabeth Gibson Dunn and left this earth to be with them on
Saturday, April 3, 2004. James and his wife of 60 years resided at the
Parks Methodist retirement village.
He is survived by his wife, twin sons, Ronnie J. Dunn and wife, Anne-marie,
of Odessa, Rennie J. Dunn and his wife, Elizabeth, of Austin, Texas;
daughter, Robinette Marks and husband, Jack, of Bartlett, Tenn.; five
grandchildren, Cammie and Cole Barton of Austin, Daniel and Jessica
Marks of Cordova, Tenn., Jeffery and Rachel Marks of Memphis, Tenn.,
Paxton and Jennifer Dunn of Dallas and Gentry Dunn of Odessa; three
great-grandchildren, Trey Barton of Austin and Victoria and Katrina
Marks of Memphis, Tenn.
James was one of nine children: one sister deceased, Julia Howard of
Post; sisters, Faye Hunter of Abilene, Joann McClelland and husband,
Charles, of Abilene, Ruby Box of Dallas, Sonya Adams and husband, Ken,
of Dallas; brothers, Robert Dunn and wife, Pat, of Brownwood, J.D. Dunn
of Denton and Dewey Dunn and wife, June, of Lake Granbury.
He is also survived by a whole host of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1947 in the
South Pacific, spending time in the Philippines and the Fiji Islands. In
1947, he and his wife, Mary, came to west Texas to seek their fortune.
He first worked for the Banner Ice Cream Company and then went to work
for the Del-Tex Candy Company. In 1960, Col. Fitzgerald, Claude Dooley
and James Dunn founded Odessa’s Most Unusual Store, “Strike It Rich,
Inc.” It was the first successful discount store in Odessa. It was
noted for having everything you would need to survive. He was noted for
his high moral standards, strength of character and honesty. He had been
retired since the business sold in the late 1970s. He and his wife,
Mary, retired in San Angelo where he enjoyed and loved entertaining all
He was noted for making large amounts of Christmas candy and sending it
to all his friends and relatives. He was an accomplished cook and
supplied all his grandchildren with his famous “Monster Cookies.”
Papa truly loved his entire family and never met a stranger. He also
enjoyed entertaining his in-laws, the Robinett family; Robert and Maggie
Robinett of Santa Anna, Texas, Bill and Donna Robinett of Brady, Jim and
Jean of Chimney Rock, Colo., and Maurine Griffin of Austin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the
Eisenhower Church of Christ.
Pallbearers will be Cole Jack Barton II, Cole Jack Barton III, Daniel
Marks, Jeffery Marks, Jimmy L. Robinett and Billy Joe Robinett. Honorary
pallbearers are Robert Dunn, J.D. Dunn, and Dewey Dunn. Burial will
follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening
at Sunset Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Odyssey Home Hospice of
Odessa and Battered Women and Children of Odessa.
Services entrusted to Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.