James S. Dunham

September 4, 1935 - December 31, 2019

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DUNHAM James Shirley, preceded in death by his wife, Delores Dunham; parents Josie and Willis Dunham. Survived by his daughters Shirley Jean (the late Danny) Haller and DeeDee Dunham; his sister Delena (Ed) Girdler and brother Murrell (Mary) Dunham; grandchildren: Jay, Justin and Danielle and 13 great-grandchildren: McKenzie, Jaxson, Sabrina, RJ, Justin, Alyssa, Brooklynne, Adriana, Elijah, Cole, Addalyn, Aubrielle, and Harper.

James was drafter into the US Army on October 29, 1961. He entered the service as an E3/PFC, Armor Intelligence Specialist and was assigned to Troop F, 2nd RECON Squadron, 150th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Meade, Maryland for 9 months. James was then assigned to Ft. Hood, Texas to complete the remainder of his service. James was honorably discharged on February 28, 1965 after 3 years and 4 months of dedicated and selfless service in support of these United States of America.

James, nicknamed “Mouse” because he was so quiet, was an avid pool player with his best game being bank pool. He loved to shoot pool with his brother Murrell, brother-in-law Ed and nephews Wes, Ron and Gary and great-nephews Jon, Kurt, and Nate. James loved to play golf and played for his company golf team at Ohio Knife and was a diehard University of Kentucky basketball fan since he was 10 years old. James loved to go to Keenland and Riverdowns and would take the long ride on the city bus if his sister wasn’t available to take him. James graduated from St. Bernard High School where he played baseball and basketball for the Titans. He had superior memory and never forgot any of his friends. And James LOVED his family.

Visitation will be held at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 7401 Vine St., Carthage, on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Vine Street Hill will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans of Cincinnati.

 

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Delores Dunham - Jan 21, 2020
I miss you dad you will never know how much. If I had my way I would be with you and mom . i hope you are free of pain and i am free soon as well. Know you were the best husband and father and mom Shirley and I loxed you.
Justin Merz - Jan 4, 2020
Grandpa I am going to miss you. Im going to miss our talks about sports and the stories you would tell. I remember you buying me my first beer at Mackzum....3 generation tradition. I wish I had got to spend more time with you and wish you could have seen your great grand kids Justin Alyssa and Brooklynne play basketball. Justin aint too bad and you got such a laugh when you heard Brooke was playing for the 4th 5th and 6th grade and her only in the 3rd grade. A chip off the old block. Im so glad I stayed at the hospital that last night with you I will cherish THAT memory and so many others. I will miss you calling me your boy. You are loved and will be missed. Your boy Justin
Shirley - Jan 4, 2020
There are no words to express how I feel other than heartbroken,but I know you are not suffering anymore.I Can’t believe you remembered the Jordache and Calvin Clein jeans you would buy Deedee and I.I have had a rough few months but I know when I need you that you will be there.I miss and love you your oldest daughter Shirl Jean.
Shirley - Jan 4, 2020
There are no words to express how I feel other than heartbroken,but I know you are not suffering anymore.I Can’t believe you remembered the Jordache and Calvin Clein jeans you would buy Deedee and I.I have had a rough few months but I know when I need you that you will be there.I miss and love you your oldest daughter Shirl Jean.
Wayne Walters - Jan 3, 2020
RIH Mouse. I will miss your stories and miss playing pool with you. Prayers to family and friends.
Deedee - Jan 3, 2020
Dad There are no words to express how loved and how much I will miss you. The appreciation for how hard you worked to spoil Shirley and I. I think you should have nought stock in Jordache jeans and other designers you made so rich. I will miss our Bengals talks..who is going to tease me over my Kentucky Derby picks or place a bet. You know I was right about. Union Rags . My heart is breaking . I know you are no longer in pain but I hope you come for me soon. The great grandkids will miss you I wish you had seen Justin Alyssa and Brooke play. Watch over us. I love you. Forever your baby girl