Paul Edward Dunn

July 17, 1931July 21, 2018
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Paul Edward Dunn, affectionately known to family and friends as Tiger, passed away peacefully July 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of West Hills Presbyterian Church. Mr. Dunn was born on July 17, 1931 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late Sterling Jerome Dunn and Zula Nickles Dunn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Margaret Grigsby and husband Hank, mother and father-in-law Christopher C. Tipton and Ruth P. Tipton. Mr. Dunn was also preceded in death by his beloved daughter Laura Ellen Dunn (his Chickadee) and his faithful black Lab Dexter.

Mr. Dunn is survived by his loving and devoted wife Martha Tipton Dunn. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn would have been married sixty years on August 3, 2018. Mr. Dunn is also survived by his loving children: Alison Dunn Jackson (Howard), Philip Dunn (Laura), Betsy Dunn-Medley (David), Carolyn Dunn (Thomas); grandchildren, Emilee Bowles Jones (Eric), Nicholas Bowles (Britton), Tucker Bowles (Amy), Katie Dunn, Kelsey Dunn, Davis Edward Dunn, Mary Ellen Dunn, and Macie Dunn; and great grandchildren Carson Bowles and Aubree Eleanor Jones. He is also survived by a special nephew Dr. Eric J. Grigsby his wife Dr. Mary Grigsby-Rocca and children.

Mr. Dunn was a proud Combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served actively as a tank commander in the Korean War and thereafter in the reserves. He served with the 1st Marine Division and received various awards and citations including the Korean Service medal, and three Bronze Stars, which designated specific combat campaigns.

Mr. Dunn was a graduate of Young High School. He received his Bachelors Degree from MTSU. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in 1961.

Mr. Dunn practiced law in Knoxville for over forty years. He began practicing with renowned criminal defense lawyer Ray H. Jenkins. He remained with the firm Jenkins and Jenkins until 1995. Mr. Dunn was the founding member of the firm Dunn, MacDonald and Coleman established in 1995. He was a member of various bar associations and organizations including the American Board of Trial Advocacy. He was named Distinguished Senior Counsel by the Tennessee Bar Association, and an honorary member of the Winfield Dunn cabinet. Mr. Dunn was licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Tennessee. At various times he served as special judge for General Sessions, Juvenile and Chancery Courts.

Paul Edward Dunn was a true southern gentleman in every way. His unwavering faith in God, exceptional love for his wife and children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends, entertaining sense of humor and kind and generous spirit will live on in all of us forever!! We thank him for all of these priceless gifts he gave us throughout his 87 years of living. His life was indeed a life well lived! We were truly blessed by the Good Lord to have had him as husband, father, grandfather and friend. Losing him has been a profound loss to our entire family. We are at peace knowing that he is now in Heaven walking the streets of gold with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his precious daughter Laura Ellen. He will be eternally loved and remembered.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Jude's Research Hospital or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Serving as pallbearers will be Howard Jackson, Thomas Hollis, David Medley, Nicholas Bowles, Tucker Bowles and Davis Dunn. Honorary Pallbearers will include Earl Layman, Greg Coleman, James MacDonald, Dallas Reynolds, Keith Blue and Eric Jones.

The Dunn family will receive friends Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at West Hills Presbyterian Church, 7600 Bennington Dr. NW, Knoxville, TN, 37909 with a Funeral Service to follow at 7pm, Senior Pastor John E. McKenzie officiating. The family will hold a private graveside service at Edgewood Cemetery. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at


  • Visitation Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Angie Bowen

August 1, 2018

I was so very sorry to learn of Mr. Dunn's passing. Your home was my second home throughout my childhood and I was blessed to be a small part of your family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Much Love,

Janie Callaway Warwick

July 30, 2018

Many years ago, Martha and Paul Dunn came to me when I lost my husband. They had never known me prior to this time, but were there to offer nourishment, prayers and comfort to me and my children. They were among the kindest people that I have ever come into contact with and I will always remember them.
Martha, I am oh so sorry.

Ann Phillips

July 27, 2018

I worked with Mr. Dunn at J&J for several years. He was a hero of mine. Having been raised in the military, I enjoyed listening to his stories of his tours of duty. I also enjoyed his stories of Ray H., Erby and Aubrey Jenkins and all of the old-timers. He had the best stories! And he loved his family more than anything. I send my and my husband's condolences to his lovely family. He will truly be missed.
Ann (Banks) Phillips

Jennifer Craig

July 26, 2018

Paul was always so polite and courteous and especially kind to a young lawyer. His kind will be greatly missed.

Jennifer Craig

Dudley Taylor

July 25, 2018

Paul was a gentle giant in my view. A great lawyer, a great Marine and a great human being. He will be missed.

Linda McAlpin

July 25, 2018

Dear Carolyn & Family,
My prayers for comfort and peace are being sent your way today. I still recall the first time I met your dad when you & I worked together. He came to the door which was near my class so I had to let him in. Of course I didn't know he was your dad so I asked if I could help him. He grinned and said, "I'm Carolyn's father." I was so thrilled to finally meet him because you had told me so many positive things about your parents. From time to time he would drop by and he always had a smile and a kind word. It would bless my heart to see the way you interacted with your dad. As he would be getting ready to leave each time you would reach up and give him a hug. I can still hear your voice saying, "I love you daddy." I'm certain you will miss him alot but I know it brings you all comfort in knowing you will see him again! With love, your friend Linda -aka- Lala

Susan Henry

July 25, 2018

Philip and Laura,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Susan Henry

Terry Basista

July 24, 2018

I will always remember Paul as epitomizing the very best a person and a lawyer should be. We ran into each other while shopping in Home Depot in Knoxville years ago, shortly after the unfortunate and sad death of his daughter. We had a brief conversation, and I remember thinking as we parted what a fine man and lawyer! He will be remembered with affection and great respect.

Tom Johnson

July 23, 2018

My introduction to Paul Dunn was in 1975 when he rescued me from an insensitive Judge who sent me out of the courtroom to figure out how to properly frame a question which would allow my client to obtain an uncontested divorce. Paul introduced himself and told the magic question the judge was looking for. I never forgot his kindness and he became a great friend. He was a giant in our profession and he will be missed greatly.

Kim Melton

July 23, 2018

Mr. Dunn was an awesome husband and father! He was also a very kind man and always made all of the other kids in the community feel welcome! He has seen the face of Jesus and has not stopped smiling yet🦋🌹Kim Camp Melton