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 Claude Rhodes Dunbar

Claude Rhodes Dunbar

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Death 26 Jan 2000 (aged 93)
Burial Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 75573633 · View Source
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Claude Rhodes Dunbar, 93, of 1801 Hillview St., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at his home. A native of Spartanburg, he was the son of the late Paul Allen Dunbar Sr. and Claudia Rhodes Dunbar. Baptized April 25, 1915, at the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, he was an active member for 85 years, during which time he served in many capacities including Sunday School teacher, member and officer of the Board of Deacons and on numerous committees.

He was a 1927 graduate of The Citadel. He put himself through law school, earning a degree from the University of South Carolina.

He opened his law office in Spartanburg on Sept. 15, 1930, during the depression. He continued practicing law there successfully for 60 years, except for three years of service in the armed forces. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in England in the Infantry Tank Corps and the Barrage Balloon Corps. He served as Chief Defense Counsel, Trial Judge Advocate and Acting Assistant Division Judge Advocate in the 1st Air Division of the 8th Air Force, also in England. He was also an instructor in Rifle Markmanship.

He was a member of the South Carolina Bar and former President of the Spartanburg County Bar. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1973. He was the author of Be Rich or Poor: The Choice is Yours.

Besides his notable professional successes, Mr. Dunbar will be remembered most as a caring, compassionate, and generous husband, father and friend. He was formerly married to the late Josie Pressly.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Henry Phillips Dunbar of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Claude Pressly and Christy Dunbar of Leesville; daughters, Jean Dunbar of Spartanburg, Josie Dunbar of Columbia, a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Richard McCoy of Charlotte, and a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jim Dusenberry of Clemson; eight grandchildren, Edward Pennebaker, Gordon Pennebaker, Christian Dunbar Pennebaker, James Dusenberry, Jean Lee Pirkey, Rick McCoy, Cindy McCoy, Ron McCoy, Bradley Dunbar, Kimberly Dunbar, and Jade Dunbar; and seven great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be James Dusenberry, Parke Pirkey, Bradley Dunbar, Edward Pennebaker, Gordon Pennebaker, Christian Dunbar Pennebaker, David Dunbar and Paul A. Dunbar. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Published in The Greenville News - Greenville, SC


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  • Maintained by: Boyce M. Lawton, III
  • Originally Created by: Linda Wayman
  • Added: 27 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75573633
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Claude Rhodes Dunbar (11 Nov 1906–26 Jan 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75573633, citing Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Boyce M. Lawton, III (contributor 47916517) .