Death of Bill James Dunfee

On behalf of the Officers and Compatriots of the West Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, we extend our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bill James Dunfee who passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Bill James Dunfee was a past WVSSAR Chancellor and a member of the General Andrew Lewis Chapter in Hungtington, WV. He actively participated in WVSSAR activities for more than 20 years.

Below is his obituary from the Beard Mortuary, 301 Third Avenue, Huntington, WV 25702

BILL JAMES DUNFEE, 83, of Huntington, husband of Barbara Dunfee, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was born on March 8, 1932 in Huntington, WV, a son of the late John L. and Olive Johnson Dunfee. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Dunfee. In addition to his wife he is survived by daughters, Jonna (Chuck) Hughes of Milton, Margy (Todd) Blankenship with whom he made his home in Huntington, Katrina (Rick) Eskins of Huntington, Lauren Chamberlain of Harker Heights, TX; grandchildren, Chris (Melanie) Hughes, Alison (Michael) White, Sean Hughes, Cara Eskins, Travis Eskins, Shelbi Crow (all of Huntington), Bailey Chamberlain, Brandon (Miriah) Knapp and Jonathon Knapp of Killeen, TX; and 8 great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Larry McCoy. Bill served as Cabell County Commissioner for 18 years and was instrumental in adding water lines to remote areas of the county. He retired as an agent for Prudential Insurance. He was also a volunteer driver for the DAV for several years. Bill enjoyed collecting cast iron toy soldiers and traveled the area to shows to find elusive pieces for his collection. He was an avid history buff who loved to travel and explore Presidential home sites, burial sites and historic locations. He loved Revolutionary War and Civil War battle songs and road trips were often filled with not only history, but songs. Needless to say, a trip with Bill was always interesting! Bill loved Colonial Williamsburg and that was a favorite place for him to travel. As such, his family has decided that his ashes will be scattered there at some time in the future. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Beard Mortuary, Huntington, with Pastor Steve Harvey officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service time at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to your favorite charity in Bill’s honor. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at