It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our rock, Lynwood Carlton Dunn Sr. He was a bright spark in this world and will be deeply missed by many. He passed away peacefully with his one true love by his side on Tuesday, February 1st at the age of 68. He was born in Hamlet, NC to Carlton and Harriett Dunn on March 4th, 1953. After graduating high school, he honorably served his country in the US Army as a Sergeant. He then obtained his Business degree from UNCP. After graduation, he began chasing his dreams of being a successful entrepreneur with many businesses throughout NC. His greatest accomplishment was CorTek, Inc. in Hamlet, which he opened 32 years ago. He poured his heart and soul into his work and all the people who worked for him absolutely admired him. He showed up when it mattered, had your back, gave to those in need, and would defend and stand up for his loved ones should the need for it arise. In his earlier years, you could find him shooting pool to earn a little extra money on the side. As he got older, he enjoyed playing golf a few times a week with friends and his favorite cousin, Tommy Dunn.
Lynwood is survived by the love of his life, devoted wife Terri Billingsley Dunn. They met when he was 16 and she was just 13 years old, and have been right by each other’s side for almost 53 years. He was an extremely hard worker, dedicated and determined to provide for his family and give them the life they deserved, which he did. He loved her fiercely and his only request during his sickness was that his wife be taken care of and protected, with no concern for himself. They built a life with each other that included many adventures, traveling all over the southeast to visit friends, to have a great meal, or just sightseeing together. Their trips were more about them being together, and less about the destination. The love that they shared was truly something out of a fairy tale.
Lynwood is also survived by a son, Lynwood Dunn Jr. who he enjoyed playing golf with and even shooting a few games of pool. He is also survived by his daughter, Lauren Dunn, who considered herself a daddy’s girl. She was his sidekick in the mornings every weekend growing up, and loved that quality time with him. He was always supporting her and cheering her on to accomplish any goal that she set out for herself, and he was always there when she needed a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to during the difficult days.
What brought him tremendous happiness were his two granddaughters, Caiti and Hallie. They affectionately knew him as Papa, and he was the best Papa they could ever have. There were many trips, dancing, amusement park rides, zoos, and anything else that the girls requested of him. He was known to drive all over the state twice a week for years to watch Caiti play soccer and spent many weekends playing baby dolls and barbies with Hallie. Caiti said her Papa was her first best friend, and Hallie tells everyone that Papa is her only best friend. He also loved spending quality time talking with them, and they loved their long talks with Papa. He showed them love through his words and actions with every visit.
He also leaves behind a sister, Linda Varnes (Alan), whom he loved dearly; mother-in-law, Barbara Billingsley, that he sent huge bouquets of flowers for every occasion every year and loving her as much as he loved his own mother; brothers-in-law, Benny Billingsley (Betty) and Ernie Billingsley (Arlinda) as well as many other family members, dear friends, wonderful employees, bunnies Beau and Binx, and his favorite puppy Derby Dabbo who will sadly miss him.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Watson-King Funeral Home Chapel in Hamlet with Travis Billingsley officiating. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Richmond Co. Hospice, 1119 US Hwy. #1 N Rockingham, NC 28379.
Online condolences may be made at www.watson-kingfuneralhome.com Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet is serving the Dunn family.
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