2019-02-07 / Front Page

Retired Marine Larry Dunn is New Ford’s BHM speaker


DUNN DUNN New Ford Baptist Church will conduct its annual Black History Program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019, with Wilkes County native and retired Marine Corps veteran Deacon Larry Dunn of Young’s Chapel Baptist Church and McDuffie County schools as the featured speaker. Music will be provided by the Springfield Baptist Church Young Adult Choir under the direction of Sister Toni Binns. The public is invited.

Deacon Larry W. Dunn, United States Marine Corps (Ret), a native of Washington, Georgia, is a 1982 graduate of Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School. He is a multi-generation Wilkes Countian. Even the road on which he was born (and where his parents continue to reside) bears the Dunn name. His father’s side of the family has been members of the Young’s Chapel Baptist Church community for several generations, while his mother’s side of the family has been members of New Ford Baptist Church for generations.

In their 80s, his parents are quite active in both churches. In 1983, Dunn did as his father did during the Korean Conflict and as his brothers and sister did in their youth, and enlisted in the military. He chose the Marine Corps as his preferred branch of service and he continued with dedicated and honorable military service in various and remote parts of the world until his eligibility for retirement after 20 years of honorable service in 2003.

During his active duty, he served in multiple infantry battalions and entry level training units. He has also served as a drill instructor for both officers and enlisted. While serving his country, Dunn took advantage of the opportunity to see the world and to earn additional educational degrees.

While serving in the state of Rhode Island he earned his associate’s degree in Administrative Law. Later, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree in Education. Lastly, he has earned an education specialist degree in Leadership and Administration.

He is serious about doing all he can to ensure the development of the youth of the community into being caring, responsible, young adults who are capable of being successful in our schools, community, worksites, and military services.

Dunn is currently the assistant principal and athletic director at Thomson High School. He is married to Vestine and they have two daughters, Katrina and Sabrina.

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