OBITUARY

Mr. Dallas Samuel Bunton Sr.

January 3, 1950July 3, 2019
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On July 3, 2019, Dallas S. Bunton, Sr. departed this world in the peaceful assurance of eternal life at the age of 69.

He is survived by his wife and love of his life for over 50 years, Mrs. Beverly Jean Bunton; his children; Mr. Dallas Bunton Jr. (Cyndi), Ms. Dawn Renee Bunton, Mrs. Dusty Vigil (James) and Mr. Darin Bunton; his sisters; Mrs. Judy Aubrey of Chattanooga, TN, Mrs. Jayne Page (Bennie) of Burlington, NC, Mrs. Jackie Younts (Mark) of Burlington, NC, Mrs. Geraldine Jordan (Howard) of Burlington, NC, Mrs. Marilyn Porthrys of Cartersville, GA, Mrs. Tammy Rohrer (Rich) of Burlington, NC; his brother, Bud Mansfield of Mebane, NC; Mr. Lee Jones of Chattanooga, TN; his grandchildren, Dallas Bunton III, Kenny Bunton, Joseph Bunton, Dustin Bunton, Kaleb Bunton, Bryson Bunton, Brayden and Adison Hilton, Maria Vigil, Naomi Bunton, Jasmin Bunton, Kaia Bunton and great granddaughter, Dallas Rose Bunton all of Chattanooga, TN.

He came from very humble beginnings in Graham, North Carolina and only completed the 10th grade before enlisting in the army. He served as a Staff Sargent from 1966 through 1975 and was stationed at the DMZ in Korea. In 1981, he took leadership of North American Credit Services in Chattanooga, TN. In the early 90s, he purchased NACS from AdventHealth and opened Medical Services, Inc.; both organizations provide revenue management services to the healthcare industry.

Mr. Bunton’s faith and spirit were larger than life. He lived his life based on three simple principles; faith, integrity and service. Even when faced with challenges with his health or in his business he stood firm on these principles and never took the easy road. His philosophies on life carried over into the coaching and mentoring he did both inside and outside his organization. Mr. Bunton was an avid coach, and he never missed an opportunity to point those struggling in the right direction or to provide a shoulder to lean on in times of despair. Many of his employees lovingly refer to him as their second Dad because of the impact he had in their lives.

One of Mr. Bunton’s passions was his family. He met his beautiful Kiowa Native American bride, Beverly Jean in early 1968 while stationed at Fort Sill at a dance club. Beverly Jean was smitten by her blue-eyed soul brother and quickly fell in love. A few months after their first dance, they traveled to North Carolina and on April 1, 1969 they married in front of the Justice of the Peace. Their wedding night was spent at small hotel in Graham, North Carolina, as a single record played in the background as they started their lives together.

Mr. Bunton loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchild dearly and never ceased in his commitment to pray and provide for them. From an early age, he taught them the importance of hard work and what it meant to be a servant leader. As his health issues impeded his ability to work, he entrusted his children to lead the organization and provide the same level of service he had instilled in them for over 38 years.

He also loved his North Carolina Tarheels – especially basketball! His favorite color was Tarheel blue, and he could often be found huddled up with his family watching a game decked out in true Tarheel fashion. He was fiercely competitive and often enjoyed a rousing game of golf with his sons or work buddies. He was known to have foosball tournaments at the office. If you managed to beat him then he would close the office and let the employees start their holiday celebrations early with pay.

Mr. Bunton also enjoyed creating free style rhymes and writing poetry to comfort and support those he loved. His sisters have many fond memories of their brother entertaining them as youngsters with his little ditties and rhymes.

He was the ultimate gardener and used his God given talents to plant seeds, nurture development and prepare his children and work family for the time he would rest. He taught them the importance of having goals, achieving them, and celebrating success by giving all the Glory to God.

After battling and beating stage III lung cancer in 2002 and recovering from a quadruple bypass in 2012, he devoted his time to making memories with his precious wife and family. Being the ultimate romantic, he even coordinated a 50th wedding vow renewal ceremony that included their children and grandchildren as they pledged to spend eternity together.

One of Mr. Bunton’s favorite holidays was Independence Day. Being a veteran made him keenly aware of the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. Although our hearts are broken, it seems fitting that Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, Husband, Friend, Boss, Prayer Warrior and Ultimate Encourager enjoyed his final sunset on the eve of July 4th – the holiday dedicated to independence and service.

In his final days he spent his time speaking words of wisdom to his family and employees as he knew his journey was coming to a close. Never one to rest, he fought to be present and available to those he loved even though his heart was tired. He was prepared to meet his Savior and experienced no fear in his closing days. He knew the Lord had the wheel, he had fought the good fight, and he had kept the faith.

We love you and are eternally grateful for the time God shared you with us. Our hearts yearn for that great day when we will be reunited with you in heaven. Your legacy and spirit live on and we will remember and live by the principles you taught us – faith, integrity service.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July7, 2019 at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive East, Collegedale, Tennessee 37315 with Pastor Jim Herman and Pastor Mickey Mallory officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Please share your thoughts and memories at: www.ChattanoogaNorthChapel.com

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153 Hixson, TN. 37343.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Interment at Hamilton Memorial Gardens Monday, July 8, 2019

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Mr. Dallas Samuel Bunton Sr.

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Amy Ware

July 13, 2019

I have known Mr. Dallas Bunton for several years. Each time, he greeted me with a smile. He was pleasant, smart, knowledgeable and wise. He would always take the time to talk with me, even when it was obvious he wasn't feeling well. When I started my business, he gave me different ideas and points to assist me in developing a profitable business. For that, I say, "Thank You." I will always remember him and his smile. He will be greatly missed.

Tina Maness

July 10, 2019

I started working for Huguley Hospital back in 1988 and have such good memories of working with Dallas. I never called him Mr. Bunton, always called him Dallas, and I think it's because he just had a way about him that made a young Mom in her early 20's think she could. I have so many wonderful memories of Dallas and my heart is with so many of you. Life will not be the same without him in it.

Jay Gonsalves

July 8, 2019

Despite Dallas's quiet and humble demeanor, he was truly one of the giants in our industry. I learned a lot of his success at our ACA Committee of 100 meetings and the incredible company that he built. But more important than the our love and commitment to the collection industry, was the faith that we shared and often discussed together, particularly in overcoming the adversities we both faced, in health and business. As such, it is a comfort that I know I will see him again in a place even more beautiful than the C100 venues.

Debra Stallings

July 8, 2019

Thank you Mr Bunton. You were such an inspiration for all. You lit up a room with your smile. You gave so much and truly cared for all. Your served God, family, and country with honor. Our hearts ache for your presence. Until we meet again in Heaven. Love and Prayers for your entire family during this difficult time.

Teresa House

July 7, 2019

I have been an employee of Mr Bunton for almost 14 years. I will surely miss his full of life personality and his optimistic view of life. I will always remember about 3 years ago he had to come to run the department I work in. Most would have been a little unnerved by that but I wasn't because I always knew he was a fair man and would listen to his employees He and I worked closely together for a while and I can honestly say he was a very understanding boss. I can't begin to list all the little life lessons that he taught me but I do know this I will cherish each one. My prayers go out to Mrs Bunton and all the family. His presence is definitely larger than life.

Pamela Hall

July 7, 2019

Mr Bunton, Dallas Samuel Bunton, DSB, Mr.B, Mentor, a man who will be sadly missed by All. He was such an inspiration, one who would put you in line and give you a compliment all at the same time. I met Mr. Bunton 12 .5 years ago, interviewed by him directly and was referred to him by Teresa Pope. He said you must be something for Teresa Pope to recommend you for a job interview, and that is how it started!
I have come to respect a man with such integrity & honor. Even though in the past 12 years I made him put his hands through his hair several times 😊. (Which some of us, his work family, made him do, a time or two.) However, that afternoon or the next day you seen him he never brought it up...moving forward in the Game pressing on. He molded us all and gave us a vision to Stay in the Game! During a time when our area, in Chattanooga, was hit by devastation of the hurricane I called him and said; workers at Dockside Cafe (owners Sam and Marsha Welton) are putting together meals and taking to homes and people working to help one another. Within an hour, him and his grandson Brayden Hilton were there with a car load of food, meats, paper goods, drinks, water and other supplies to pitch in and help!
He was a Great Man of Integrity, Compassion, and most of all, His love for the care of others! Mr. Bunton you will be greatly missed but you have left a Legacy behind that will carry on in your honor! Praying daily for your wonderful wife Beverly, sweet Children Dallas Jr and Cindy, Dusty and Jimmy, Renee, and Darin. All of your awesome grandchildren and great-grand daughter. Love and prayers for the days ahead.🙏🙏🙏

Danielle Mathis

July 7, 2019

I have not been an employee with the company but only 5 months, and I never got to introduce myself to him and I really regret that. But the love and compassion I have heard and witnessed has given me the encouragement to believe that I can accomplish anything. Thank you Mr. Bunton for providing for this company and giving your employees the opportunity to be a part of it. RIH.....

Vanessa Dossett

July 7, 2019

Mr. Dallas & Mrs. Beverly are special, one of a kind people! I will always cherish the kindness,down to earth, and sincere person that are! I love to hear about grandkids and the trips you took, as you loved your family. It's been over 15 years since I met you at Walgreens, and I appreciate you both for being a friend! Mrs. Beverly please know that you & all the family are in my prayers! Mr. Dallas will be missed dearly.

Carla Smith

July 6, 2019

Brother Dallas. Was always there to offer support. He always treated you like you mattered, like you were worth his time. I never heard him spit a harsh word. He and his wife were so kind when others weren't. Encouraging, always encouraging. Inspired you to keep pressing forward. He gave so much and he truly cares for and about his fellow man. He was the first to offer support to Project Rescue, few followed his lead. He will be missed by all. To the family, I love you all. Stay strong. We will see him again.

Dana Pruitt

July 6, 2019

I met Mr. And Mrs. B many years ago. They would come into London's with this glow! Its was the love they had for each other. It made them both shine!! After 11 years of working for Mr. B I have alot if memories of him. Games he played with us to see if we got to leave the office early in holidays. To many to count. But the biggest impact was when he told me "Dana, you have to decrease before you can increase." It took me a little bit but when understanding came, it was a lifelong lesson to live by. I love you DSB and you will forever be a part of me!!

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