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Billy Dunning

Billy Thomas Dunning, 83, a native and lifelong resident of Greenfield’s Stafford Store community died Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, surrounded by Betty Jane Smith Dunning, his wife of 62 years, and the family he cherished. Born to Onie Manns and Boyd Dunning, Billy never strayed far from his roots. A man of strong faith, he invested his time in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and in raising three daughters and one son. He was initially employed at Kellwood Company in Greenfield. After 10 years, he moved to Phelan Ford Motor Company in Trenton where he remained until retirement 36 years later. He was an army veteran. Billy’s infectious smile and good nature warmed the hearts of those he had just met and the many friends who worshipped by his side at Pleasant Grove, where he was a deacon for 56 years. His faith sustained him as he was preceded in death by his son Gregory Glen Dunning, his son-in-law Bart Campbell, his grandson Brian Michael Peterson, his sister Vada Lou Drewery and his parents.  He also took great pride in supporting the life events, both big and small, of his daughters, Lavonda Gail Dunning Peterson (Mike) of Layfette, Georgia; Lesia Lynne Dunning Bills of Greenfield; Sherry Dawn Dunning Rinks (Jamie) of Bradford;  and grandchildren, Selena Brewer (Sean) of Lafayette, Brandon Campbell of McKenzie, Bret Peterson of Lafayette, Justin and Dakota Bills of Greenfield, Kristen Hall, Maddie Hall, Holden Rinks and Brantly Rinks, all of Bradford.  The devout family man was only days away from greeting the birth of his first great-grandchild, Brielle Campbell Brewer of Lafayette.  He is also survived by a brother, James Edward Dunning (Pat). Funeral service were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Williams Funeral Home in Greenfield,with Rev. P.J. Scott, Rev. Mike Peterson and Ronnie Parks officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Online tributes may be left at

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