Fallen Hero: SMSgt Gerald Dean Dungan


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Chancellor Funeral Home



Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Antioch Baptist Church, 1198 Old Pearl Road, Florence, MS


Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1 p.m., Antioch Baptist Church, 1198 Old Pearl Road, Florence, MS


Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on August 7, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SMSgt Gerald Dean Dungan (Ret), age 85, who served in the MSANG and served within the 172d Airlift Wing, 172d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Avionics Section has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Airman has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Airman for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

Gerald Dean Dungan, 85, of Harrisville passed away peacefully on August 20, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church located at 1198 Old Pearl Road in Florence, MS 39073. The celebration of life will begin at 1:00 p.m., immediately followed by a graveside service to lay him to rest.

Mr. Dungan was born on January 7, 1938. He was a graduate of Crystal Springs High School, where he was a notable football star and also met the love of his life, Carolyn Elaine Tompkins, who was his wife of 61 years.  Mr. Dungan went on to play football for the University of New Mexico before joining the United States Air Force and moving his family to Denver, Colorado. After serving a few years in Colorado, he moved his family back to Mississippi.  He proudly served his country and after 33 years he retired as Senior Master Sergeant. After retirement, he worked ten years with the Mississippi Braves beginning their first year of existence in Pearl.  He was also very active in his community as the poll manager during elections and forming the first neighborhood watch for the Old Pearl community

Mr. Dungan loved the Lord, his family, and his church. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church for over 50 years. He also loved the Atlanta Braves, hunting, watching westerns, collecting and shooting guns, and his dogs. Mr. Dungan lived a simple, humble life, and was just an all-around genuine, down-to-earth, sweet and generous man.

He is survived by his daughters, Angela Dungan Crain (Gary) of Canton, MS and Kecia Dungan Kinabrew of Harrisville, MS; grandchildren Phillip Alton Crain (Amberly) of Madison, MS, Daniel Owen Dungan (Savanah) of Jacksonville, FL, Shannon Crain Coleman of Canton, MS and seven great grandchildren; Brayden, Jase and Myles Crain (Phillip), Bentley and Bowen Coleman (Shannon), Abby and Dillon Dungan (Daniel), his sister-in-law, Carolyn Tompkins of Crystal Springs and many nieces and nephews. He is  preceded in death by his parents JM and Mary Dungan; stepdad, Earl Corbin; his wife, Carolyn; his sons, David Owen Dungan and Eric Dean Dungan; his brothers Jim Dungan and Don Earl Corbin both of Albuquerque, NM; and son-in-law, David Kinabrew.