Michael Dunn benefits from center with his name

Sandra ClarkObits, Roane

It’s not everybody who’s got a well-known community building named for them, but Michael Dunn does.

John Michael Dunn, 58, of Rockwood passed away Tuesday April 23, 2024, at his home. He was the namesake of the Michael Dunn Center (MD Center) in Kingston, Tennessee, which was established by his grandfather, C.R. Lay, and several others in 1971. The Michael Dunn Center serves 1,200 children and adults across the state and employs 400 people.

Michael loved knowing the Michael Dunn Center had his name on it, and he received services there for most of his life, according to his obituary. “Our partnership with them contributed much to his success and independence in school, work and life.”

Memorial donations can be sent to the Michael Dunn Foundation, 1324 Lawnville Road, Kingston, TN 37763 or online at www.michaeldunncenter.org

The family received friends and held services for Michael on April 25 at Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman, Tennessee. Interment will be at Kingston Memorial Gardens on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m.

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