Marion Bentley Dunham, 102, died March 9, 2016 in Naples Florida.
Born in Delhi, Louisiana, Marion Dunham was the oldest of six children. His grandmother led him to become a Christian at age 8 and this formed the rest of his life. He became an ordained Southern Baptist minister at age 18 in 1932. He pastored 11 churches, with the longest tenures being in Ketchikan, Alaska, and Salina, Oklahoma.
A special opportunity in Ketchikan came with his recording and broadcasting a fifteen-minute radio program six nights a week for almost eighteen years. He reached the remote logging camps as well as the local residents in Ketchikan. The other unique development in Ketchikan came with establishment of Orton Ranch, a well run, well furnished encampment, located twenty-five miles away from town, for the purpose of holding church camps. Many support teams from Georgia and Oklahoma participated in the building and improving of the property, as well as mission outreach.
At age 91 he became a wood turner as he began turning pens and bowls on a lathe with the instructions from his friend in Rome, Georgia and his son in law in Florida. He has turned hundreds of pens and the proceeds from any that he sold have gone to mission fields. He continued making pens through age 101 and loved every minute he spent doing this. He made beautiful clocks for each of his eight great grandchildren.
He is survived by his two daughters, Marianne Hunter and Dottie Jackson, as well as four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and niece Lynn Todino and nephew Jim Captain, both of Rome.
He had many titles and they all represented a loving relationship: Daddy, Papaw, Papaw 2, Old Uncle, Mr. D., Mr. Marion, and Pastor.
Mr. D. lived in Rome, Georgia from 1991 to 2010, where was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He moved to Naples, Florida in 2010 and formed many new friendships. Becoming a member at First Baptist Church was so important to him. He was loved and will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service honoring him will be held in the Chapel in The First Baptist Church, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, Florida 34109, at 10 am on March 19, 2016. There will be another service for interment held at Lamar Baptist Church in Delhi, Louisiana on April 16, 2016 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Pregnancy Center of Rome, 311 Redmond Road (Redmond Office Park), Rome, GA 30165.