OBITUARY

James A. "Jimmy" Van Dusen

November 11, 1938October 26, 2018
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James A. “Jimmy” Van Dusen, 79, of Southaven, MS, passed away Friday October 26, 2018 at his home. The family will receive friends Tuesday October 30, 2018 from Noon until 2pm with the funeral service immediately following at 2pm, all at Longview Heights Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow in DeSoto Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mr. Van Dusen was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served his country honorably. A retired electrician with American Electrical Contractors, Mr. Van Dusen lived a very full and storied life. He was once a boxer with the City of Memphis Boxing Club and was a captain with the Southaven Fire Department and also served on Southaven EMS. He was an Eagle Scout and a Scout Master and served as the president of the Greenbrook Baseball Association. Mr. Van Dusen was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the simple pleasures of life.

Mr. Van Dusen loved the Lord with all his heart and was a dedicated member of Longview Heights Baptist Church. He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to many and always made sure his children were active and could play sports. His son Ronnie said that his father was “A father and best friend to me.” His daughter, Renee, recalls her dad’s favorite quote as “Don’t worry about it.” A true family man and valued friend, Mr. Van Dusen will be remembered as a mentor to all who was always there for those who had no one else.

Mr. Van Dusen was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Van Dusen, his son, Randall Van Dusen, and his granddaughter, Natalie Stovall Frady. He is survived by his son, Ronnie Van Dusen, his daughter, Renee Crawford (Ron), his step-daughter, Betty Anglin, three sisters, Elizabeth Whitsitt, Nancy Marshall, and Delores Norton, three grandchildren, Kelsey Van Dusen, Kassie Keough (Jody), and Justin Crawford (Jana), as well as eleven great-grandchildren, Landon Crowe, Kailee Keough, Kaden Keough, Ryne Keough, Alyssa Crawford, Jack Crawford, Jace Crawford, Austin Crawford, Blake Gilliand, Walker Stovall, and Will Frady, and one grandson-in-law, Howard Frady. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch has charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.brantleyfuneral.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Ronnie Van Dusen, Son
  • Renee Crawford (Ron), Daughter
  • Betty Anglin, Step daughter
  • Elizabeth Whitsitt, Sister
  • Nancy Marshall, Sister
  • Delores Norton, Sister
  • Kelsey Van Dusen, Grandchild
  • Kassie Keough (Jody), Grandchild
  • Justin Crawford (Jana), Grandchild
  • Landon Crowe, Great grandchild
  • Kailee Keough, Great grandchild
  • Kaden Keough, Great grandchild
  • Ryne Keough, Great grandchild
  • Alyssa Crawford, Great grandchild
  • Jack Crawford, Great grandchild
  • Jace Crawford, Great grandchild
  • Austin Crawford, Great grandchild
  • Blake Gilliand, Great grandchild
  • Walker Stovall, Great grandchild
  • Will Frady, Great grandchild
  • Howard Frady, Grandson-in-law
  • Mr. Van Dusen was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Van Dusen, his son, Randall Van Dusen, and his granddaughter, Natalie Stovall Frady.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Smith
  • Sean Norton
  • Jerry Whitsitt
  • Timmy Whitsitt
  • Brett Marshall
  • Derrick Marshall

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment
REMEMBERING

James A. "Jimmy" Van Dusen

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DeNora Dial

October 29, 2018

When he was first born I stayed with your mother for two weeks to take care of them. I remember it so well. I think that is why he was always so special to me.

Susan Sanders

October 29, 2018

Growing up just down the street from your house, gave us the opportunity to spend lots of time together. Uncle James and Jimmy always had something exciting going on. Fish to clean, turtle soup, building something. When Jimmy earned his Eagle Scout award I thought he was the smartest best looking Van Dusen in the whole family( that is a lot in our big family). Miss you all.

Jordan Jones

October 29, 2018

Jimmy was an example of what a man should be. He was a Veteran and Christian, he was hardworking, he was a devoted, involved, loving father, he was kind yet firm when needed, but more than anything he was the example. The example to friends and family of how to live life and treat other. Sir, you did it right, and you will he missed by so many. May we all follow your lead.

Tammy Corley

October 28, 2018

Ronnie, Renee & Betty know we are keeping you close to our hearts and in our prayers. Mr Jimmy was such a sweet man.

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Biography

James A. “Jimmy” Van Dusen, 79, of Southaven, MS, passed away Friday October 26, 2018 at his home. The family will receive friends Tuesday October 30, 2018 from Noon until 2pm with the funeral service immediately following at 2pm, all at Longview Heights Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow in DeSoto Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mr. Van Dusen was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served his country honorably. A retired electrician with American Electrical Contractors, Mr. Van Dusen lived a very full and storied life. He was once a boxer with the City of Memphis Boxing Club and was a captain with the Southaven Fire Department and also served on Southaven EMS. He was an Eagle Scout and a Scout Master and served as the president of the Greenbrook Baseball Association. Mr. Van Dusen was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the simple pleasures of life.

Mr. Van Dusen loved the Lord with all his heart and was a dedicated member of Longview Heights Baptist Church. He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to many and always made sure his children were active and could play sports. His son Ronnie said that his father was “A father and best friend to me.” His daughter, Renee, recalls her dad’s favorite quote as “Don’t worry about it.” A true family man and valued friend, Mr. Van Dusen will be remembered as a mentor to all who was always there for those who had no one else.

Mr. Van Dusen was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Van Dusen, his son, Randall Van Dusen, and his granddaughter, Natalie Stovall Frady. He is survived by his son, Ronnie Van Dusen, his daughter, Renee Crawford (Ron), his step-daughter, Betty Anglin, three sisters, Elizabeth Whitsitt, Nancy Marshall, and Delores Norton, three grandchildren, Kelsey Van Dusen, Kassie Keough (Jody), and Justin Crawford (Jana), as well as eleven great-grandchildren, Landon Crowe, Kailee Keough, Kaden Keough, Ryne Keough, Alyssa Crawford, Jack Crawford, Jace Crawford, Austin Crawford, Blake Gilliand, Walker Stovall, and Will Frady, and one grandson-in-law, Howard Frady. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch has charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.brantleyfuneral.com.