Jimmie Lee Dunham was born on April 28, 1928 in Seminole, OK, to Fred and Electa Dunham. He resided in OK for thirty-two years. He met and then married Edith McKee on June 28, 1947. With her, they raised four children.
When he was sixteen, he took a trip to Texas and worked hard in Odessa to earn a dollar. He only stayed there a short time before returning to Oklahoma and working as a laborer and truck driver for King Transfer. He did not graduate from high school, but worked his way through Sinclair Oil and Gas, later ARCO Company, and retired as a plant supervisor. He and Edith spent many years owning Kiddie Korner Daycare in San Angelo, where he built most of the play equipment and cabinets. He retired in 1984 and he and his wife traveled to Europe and Hawaii and enjoyed working and helping restore his friends’ old vehicles at his shop. Later, Jim and Edith owned a pilot car service and escorted large loads all over the United States. Edith has always been his co-pilot reading road maps and pouring his coffee. They enjoyed spending time together traveling to places such as Branson, Virgina, Niagara Falls and Mount Rushmore.
In 1974 Jim bought a 1936 Ford truck from a salvage yard in Goodwell, OK. In 1976 they moved to their current residence where he built a large store where he spent five years restoring the ’36 Ford. He was a member of the V8 Club and the Vintage Car Club as well as the Square Dancing Club. As members of the auto club, they traveled throughout the central United States to compete in national meets where he won awards in the vintage truck category. Over the years, he was Past President of the V8 and Classic Car Clubs. He was often seen driving in many local parades with children often waving from behind. Many memories have been made with this truck and frequent trips to Whataburger.
While residing in Oklahoma, he was active in the First Christian Church in Seminole, OK and later a longtime member of Grace Temple Baptist Church in San Angelo, TX. Jim enjoyed attending Angelo State sporting events and many other campus activities. He loved when his family and friends got together for barbecues and holidays. He was always in the center of the table telling a new joke or a questioning riddle. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest and greatest joy.
He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 75 years, Edith Loraine Dunham. His children Linda Coates and her husband Moose, Judy Hiebeler, Connie Brown and her husband Danny, Bryan Chet Dunham and Kayla Dunham. His grandchildren Sherri Thompson, Jana Braden and her husband Cody, Holley Moore, Matt Crockett and his wife Renee, Travis Crockett, Wade Brown and his wife Natalee, Rachel Ballard and her husband Dillion, Cameron Ivory and Jacob Dunham. He is predeceased by his grandson Jimmy Loftin. He is survived by fourteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held for Jimmie on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Harper’s Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday March 8, 2022 at Harper’s Funeral Home beginning at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow in Fairmount Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Texas Boys Ranch; 10223 Boys Ranch Road, San Angelo, TX 76904.
CAR OF THE MONTH
Jimmie Dunham’s 1936 Ford pickup
Jim Dunham, past president of our Antique Car Club and close friend of many club members, is the owner of a 1936 Ford pick-up. Jim’s daughter called him and told him this truck could be purchased . Jim bought this black pickup in 1971 in Goodwell, OK for $600. The original owner was in the scrap business and had used the truck in the scrap yard. It was in poor condition, but all original when purchased from Jim.
By the time Jim got the truck, the odometer read about 25,000 miles. Jim surmised that he probably rode 125,000 miles in total. After five years and a complete restoration, Jim has a beautiful original 1936 Ford “Flathead” pick-up truck. The only modification that was not original were the hydraulic brakes. For the past 25 years Jim has driven this truck approximately 25,000 miles on parades and tours.
Posted by Harper Funeral Home on March 16, 2022.