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Celebration of Life

The Grand Ballroom
Saturday May 20th, 2017

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Thomas Allen Bunch

Marion, Va.

Thomas Allen Bunch, age 70, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016.

Allen was born in Marion, Virginia, the beloved son of Thomas and Marguerite Dungan Bunch. He was educated in the schools of Smyth County, Virginia, and Baltimore County, Maryland. As a long haul truck driver, he travelled through all 48 states of the Mainland USA and all provinces of Canada. Allen was a devoted Teamster and organizer for workers’ rights. After seeing much of the natural beauty of North America he said that the Shenandoah Valley was unparalleled. Allen was a direct descendant of the Dungan family that migrated down the Great Wagon Road to the Seven Mile Ford area in 1770. He spent many childhood summers on the family farm with his grandmother Sue Anna Dungan and moved his family to the farm in 1985, taking over from his parents. A lifelong animal lover, moving to the farm made room for the many rescued and adopted dogs and cats he cared for over the years with his wife and children. Allen’s favorite place was to be at home reading, sharing good food and stories with family and friends. His great pride and joy were his daughters and their families.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Barbara Jo Bunch of Marion; daughter Heather Bunch and husband Bernard Gardner of Marion; daughter Amy Dehart, husband Keith and grandchildren, Keaton and Bekah, of Radford, Virginia; brother Steven (Tony) Bunch & wife Dorothy of Marion; sister Coby Bunch Simerly and husband Robert of Naples, Florida. Other survivors are cousins A.L. Dungan of Seven Mile Ford; Nancy Hart of Marion; Page Brickey Arnold of Saltville; Carolyn Dungan Woodrum of Winchester, Virginia; Gary Dungan of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Jimmy Dungan of Dayton, Ohio; Chuck Dungan of Sykesville, Maryland; nieces Deana Collier of Pompano Beach, Florida, and Laura Smith of Jacksonville, Florida.

The family offers special thanks to his caregivers Amy, Billie, Cherrie and Maicee, as well as Hospice of Southwest Virginia.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Allen’s life Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom located upstairs at 132 East Main Street, Marion, Virginia. Guests needing assistance please enter via the rear entrance from East Town Street.

Please bring photos or other mementos if you would like to share. A BBQ lunch will be served, and guests are welcome to bring sides.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Smyth County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1124, Marion VA 24354.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Bunch Family.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Danny and Kim and family

Danny and Kim Slemp Jun 8 2017 12:00 AM

Lewis thought the world of Allen and they enjoyed many days laughing and telling tales to one another. I met Allen through my husband and learned to love him as Lewis did. Allen was a find gentleman with a big heart.Arb

Lewis and Julia Shortt May 12 2017 12:00 AM

Allen was always a gentleman, and such a nice guy. Had not seen him since high school, but sure he remained the same. My prayers to the family. Thanks QgD4e

Peggy Grimes Turnes Dec 21 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. You will remain in our prayers.

Dolores Domer Pohl Dec 20 2016 12:00 AM

Barbara Jo, We just read about his passing in today's paper. I did not even know he was ill. I know I should have contacted you about us getting together in the fall. I got too busy and neglected you - my good friend. I tried to call you today. I know you will miss him. The obituary states that you will celebrate his life at a later date. Do you know when that will be? We would like to come.

Bert and Betty Mask Dec 11 2016 12:00 AM

Barry Rice Nov 25 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Bunch

Barry Rice Nov 25 2016 12:00 AM

I was very sorry to hear from Sharon about Allen's passing. My condolences and may he Rest In Peace.

Barry Rice Nov 25 2016 12:00 AM

Barbara, daughters, Coby Ann & Steven (Tony), Our deepest sympathy to each of you in the loss of Allen. It is difficult to have to give up a loved one but you can see him again someday. Our community lost a great family when the Bunches moved away. But we have been very fortunate to have some of you return! May your memories and the love of our Heavenly Father sustain you in the days ahead. Our hearts & love go out to all. Alma Jean

Alma Jean (Johnson) Pennington & Carl Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Bunch

Alma Jean (Johnson) Pennington & Carl Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM

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