Paul Vernon Lunsford

January 11, 1944January 24, 2020
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Funeral service for Paul Vernon Lunsford, 76, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. Rev. Don Brock will be officiating. Burial will follow in Melrose Cemetery, Swansea, SC. The family will greet friends Monday, January 27, 2020 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo.

After a courageous battle with lung cancer, Paul went to his heavenly home on Friday, January 24, 2020. Paul was born on January 11, 1944, in Sandgap, KY. He was a son of the late Ray and Bessie Lunsford. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his older sister Deloris Stamm and his younger sister Darlene Picklesimer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Sue Lunsford; daughters Lori (Jeffrey) Robinson, Tonya Dowd, and son John (Lindsay) Dowd; three grandchildren, Brittney Martin, Kaleigh Robinson and Colton Dowd. He is also survived by five brothers and five sisters, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law along with many dear friends.

Paul was a devoted husband and father and a long time business owner of S & S Automotive in Irmo. He was a member of Gateway Baptist Church. Prior to relocating to Irmo in 1986, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge #147 in Dayton, OH.

The family extends a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff of NHC Parklane and Abbey Road Hospice for the kindness and compassion shown to our family throughout Paul’s battle.

Donations may be made in Paul’s honor to Shriners Children’s Hospital 905 Faris Road, Greenville, SC, 29605 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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  • Father: Raymond "Ray" Lunsford (deceased)
    Mother:Bessie Potter Lunsford (deceased)
    Wife: Sue Lunsford
    Daughter and Son-in-law: Lori and Jeffrey Robinson
    Daughter: Tonya Dowd
    Son and Daughter-in-law: John and Lindsay Dowd
    Grandchildren: Brittney Martin, Kaleigh Robinson and Colton Dowd
    Brother: Dallas Lunsford (Gloria)
    Brother:Harold Lunsford (Sandy)
    Brother:Gary Lunsford
    Brother: Allen Lunsford
    Brother: Tim Lunsford (Shannon)
    Sister: Phyllis Howard (Bob)
    Sister: Carol Blair
    Sister: Barbara Blazek
    Sister: Brenda Vore (Bob)
    Sister: Lou Ford (Bill)
    Sister: Deloris Stamm (deceased)
    Sister: Darlene Picklesimer (deceased)

  • Travis Brazell, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Davis, Active Pallbearer
  • Jerry Dinkins, Active Pallbearer
  • William "WK" Watson, Active Pallbearer
  • Eddie Knight, Active Pallbearer
  • Cliff Jeffcoat, Active Pallbearer

  • Shriners Children's Hospital
  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital


  • Visitation Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Paul Vernon Lunsford

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Brooke Westmoreland

February 5, 2020

I knew almost 20 years ago when I first met Paul that he was an amazing man. He loved his family, cars and helping people. He always went out of his way to service my vehicles, put air in my tires for free or let me borrow his Tahoe when I needed to get to work and he had to have my car awhile. He was such an asset to our community and was loved by so many! I feel so blessed to know him and Mrs. Sue! Such great people!!! My heart goes out to all of you during this most difficult time. Praying for strength, peace and comfort for your family!

Karen Fuerst

February 3, 2020

My fond memory of Paul goes back to Ohio husband at the time knew Paul and where friends ..... Paul was such a decent good man with such a kind heart .... I will miss him greatly..... and his daughter Lori is just as good and kind ..... Paul helped Steve a lot and my daughter in more ways than I could ever mention .... Sue as well ... they were a blessing in our lives back then .... sincere condolences go out to the entire family .... I will miss Paul .... he can certainly Rest In Peace for a life well lived ✝️

Maxine Salley

January 29, 2020

No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. May the Love and Mercy of our Lord be bestowed upon you and your family.

Jennifer Dolder

January 28, 2020

Paul was always a kind and courteous man to his customers at S&S. Thank you for sharing a piece of him with so many of us over the years.

Amy Ward-Fotta

January 28, 2020

Uncle Paul was such an awesome Uncle to me - from the days of stopping at the SOHIO and his guys treating my mom like royalty when we ran over that bell and then I would run in to see him where I got a big hug, and then he would give me change for a bottle of pop! it was such a treat!! Once grown up and he would visit Ohio and as soon as he would see me..there was a big smile - a “hey baby” followed with a big hug & kiss. I will always love my Uncle Paul

Jean Brown

January 28, 2020

Our hearts ache when we no longer have our love ones, but we know that our Lord Jesus Christ always works things out for our good. We are going to miss Paul very much and pray for our Lord to comfort you Sue. You both have been a part our lives for over 30 years and we love you dearly. Our memories of Paul will always be of how much he loved his family and made jokes to make us laugh. We are thankful and richer that God allowed our lives to touch. We love you sweet Sue.

Pete and Jean Brown

Kim Kollmann Gordon

January 27, 2020

Sue and family,

My heartfelt condolences to each of you during this difficult time.
I will forever remember him at S&S and the ironclad agreement that he had with my dad, Bill Kollmann about sharing information in regards to any car repairs. I was on a 'need to know' status and apparently I never needed to know! Regardless, we always knew Paul had us covered and took good care of us.
Prayers that God's grace and mercy help you see through the grief to remember the many happy memories.

Mary McQueen

January 27, 2020

Those we Love are never forgotten
Praying you'll have the peace of God, the hope of His promises, and comfort in the gift of your memories, now and always
Thinking of You at this time

Brittney Detwiler-Martin

January 27, 2020

My papaw was a very strong man and always left a small piece of him with those he encountered. I will never forget the memories I've had with him. I'm sad to see him go what seems like all too soon but he is now rejoicing with the Lord. He wouldn't want us to dwell over losing him as a husband/father/grandfather but rather be happy hes out of pain and in a much better place. He will always be loved and remembered by many loved ones.

Jerry Davis

January 27, 2020

Sue, JD, Lindsay and family:
Lois and I offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the family. Hold dear in your hearts your treasured memories. May it comfort you to know this very special man and life will be remembered by many.