James Stewart Dunham

January 25, 1939July 23, 2021

James Stewart Dunham, age 82, of High Point, NC, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021. He was born on January 25, 1939, in Galeton Pennsylvania, to the late Edith (Wooley) Dunham and Claude Raymond Dunham.

Jim proudly served with distinction in the army for 20 years. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and flew Huey helicopters during the Vietnam war. He ended his long business career as an assistant professor of business at High Point University where his teaching went beyond the walls of the classroom.

His family and friends loved his humor, wit, wonderful smile, and laugh! He was the kindest and most thoughtful person and a true gentleman. Jim was a member of Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point. He enjoyed getaways with his army buddies and loved the North Carolina mountains which reminded him of his hometown in Pennsylvania.

Jim is preceded in death by his loving wife, Irene Hoeweler Dunham, and his 6 siblings, Weldon Dunham, Mae Erway, Loren Dunham, Claude Dunham, Charles Dunham, and Illa Carpenter.

Jim is survived by his two children, John Dunham, and Laura Brown, husband Charles Brown, and his beloved grandchildren, Erin Wallace, Emma Brown, and Ellery Brown. Jim loved his close companion, Ingrid Copeland, and his wonderful caretaker, Jody Chen. He remained close to numerous nieces, nephews, and loving friends from all over the country.

The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in honor of Jim’s late wife Irene Dunham. Donations can be made to

A Celebration of Life for James will be held Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 1:00pm at Sechrest-Davis Funerals and Cremations, 976 Phillips Avenue, High Point, North Carolina 27262, followed by visitation with the family.

Online condolences for the family may be made at


  • Claude Raymond & Edith Wooley Dunham, Parents (deceased)
  • Irene Hoeweler Dunham, Wife (deceased)
  • Laura Brown & husband Charles, Daughter
  • John Dunham, Son
  • Erin Wallace, Grandchild
  • Emma Brown, Grandchild
  • Ellery Brown, Grandchild
  • Mae Erway, Sister (deceased)
  • Loren Dunham, Sister (deceased)
  • Illa Carpenter, Sister (deceased)
  • Weldon Dunham, Brother (deceased)
  • Claude Dunham, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Dunham, Brother (deceased)
  • Ingrid Copeland, Close Companion
  • Jody Chen, Caretaker
  • Mr. Dunham is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends from all over the country.


  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, August 1, 2021

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 1, 2021


James Stewart Dunham

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Resa Walch

July 31, 2021

We knew Jim through my brother, Joe Ellenburg. Jim attended a number of our family gatherings over the years. It was always a pleasure to have him at our table. Conversations with Jim were easy and enjoyable. He was smart, funny, courteous, and interesting. Our condolences to all his family and friends. He was a fine man and he will be missed by many. May the memory of Jim be a blessing.

Fletcher Walch and Resa Ellenburg Walch

Gerald and Delores Davis

July 31, 2021

What a loss in our lives as well as our community. Jim has been a good friend and mentor. Gerald will really miss the back porch visits discussing everything from family to flying airplanes.
Although we’ve only known Jim about 11 years, those eleven years have meant so much to us. We will really miss him.

Paulette Cross

July 31, 2021

We were saddened to hear of Uncle Jims passing. I have wonderful memories of time spent with him in my childhood. Keith and I send our love and prayers.

Marc Issler

July 30, 2021

I’ll never forget meeting Mr Dunham the first couple weeks I spent on campus at HPU. Like I’m sure many before me, he was in charge of making sure I had a schedule of classes put together that got me where I needed to go in order to graduate in my chosen study but to also navigate my athletic schedule. Being a student-athlete brought an additional layer of complexity that Mr Dunham was happy to help me take on. We had many conversations about school and life that I remember to this day. He always enjoyed talking about his BMW motorcycle! I was fortunate enough to have him in class a couple times and his experience in business world gave many lessons in class that I use quite actively in my own profession almost daily. A great, humble man that will be very much missed.

Jean Matthews

July 28, 2021

Dear John, Laura and family I was so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful man, he will be greatly missed by all of you. Love jean tieman matthews your mom’s cousin Cincinnati ohio

Jeanie Catt

July 26, 2021

I have fond memories of Jim when we both served at 108th Div HQs. His dry sense of humor always brought a unique perspective to any issue. I appreciated his candor and genuineness. A life well lived. Offering prayers of comfort to his loved ones.

Johnny Dwiggins

July 26, 2021

Jim was a outstanding soldier, wonderful friend and a Great American Patriot! He will be greatly missed. We are all better because he came our way. I learned so much from him simply by observing the manner in which he carried himself, the very positive way he treated others and his calm, methodical approach to problem solving. His contribution to life and soldiers of the 108th Division are too many and too large to measure. May he rest in eternal peace!

Jerry Hilson

July 25, 2021

Too many memories and too few words to express them.
Serving in the US Army (in Mainz, W. Germany) during the early 1960s was the start of my friendship w/ Jim. While he served w/ the aviation unit and me with an Abn unit...we fatefully connected and shared the last 6 indelible decades together. The many visits together on both the left and right coasts cemented a bonding that shared values, tall stories, aging, family, faith, and occasional truthiness. Memories of the 'old' Mainzer days could be retold ad nauseam, in many opposing versions--always freshly for the '1st' time due to neuron lapses. Annual visits started in the mid-'90s at Jim's 'SHACK' in the hills of NC (a wonderful log house). A picture of one of the early visits--they were called a GOATROPE --shows Jim top left.
May the wonderful legacy of Jim Dunham endure in our hearts, a legacy that exemplifies the best of what a great human being can be---rest well my friend.

Harold Bowen

July 24, 2021

I first met Jim in July,.1962. We both reported to Ft Benning, GA . to attend the Army Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS). After 6 grueling months we both were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants.
We then attended flight school at Ft. Rucker, AL. A year later we were both assigned to the same small flight section at Mainz Germany. Jim was a bachelor while I had a wife and young son.. All the married ladies kept introducing him to single teachers they were found of and it finally paid off when he met Irene. We attended their wedding at a castle in Stuttgart Germany.
When we left Germany we both had different assignments in Vietnam but wound up in the same battalion.
It seemed we were destined to follow each other around in the Army. However, after Vietnam and the arrival of their son John, Jim decided to leave active duty and pursue a civilian career. We thought sure we wouldn't be together again but in true military habits we kept up with each other. Sure enough I was given an assignment at the Recruiting Main Station in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio where Jim and Irene called home! Once again we got to spend two years in the same location and renewed our friendship and got to meet their newest addition Laura.
After we left there we never expected to be living close again but fate had other plans. After I retired in1981 a few years later Jim calls and said "guess what? We're moving to Highpoint!" We couldn't have been more thrilled.
So for the last 40 years we have again shared fun and laughter, weddings of our children, trips to their cabin near the NewRiver and to our lake home in VA and the loss of Irene.
Since that sad time it was our pleasure to meet and get to know Jim's companion Ingrid Copeland. She certainly helped give him back his smile and fill empty days.
We treasure our memories and will greatly miss Jim.
Our love to all his family and dear friends he has left behind.

Margaret Szczygiel

July 24, 2021

Uncle Jim was such a caring and loving uncle. When I was a child and visited Uncle Jim and Aunt Irene, he often had something really interesting to teach or share with me. I will always remember his puzzle ring, beer stein collection, his pipe and sweet dog, Ziggy. Most of all, I will remember his kindness. Uncle Jim would often express an interest in what I was doing, how I was and what I was interested in. He left a lot of good in the world.

Laura and John, I'm so sorry for your loss. Take care during this difficult time.