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Deacon Johney Dumas

April 20, 1939 ~ August 25, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Life and Times

Johney Dumas, a faith-filled, loving, and selfless man, was born on April 20, 1939, in Bainbridge, Georgia, to the late Aaron and Missouri Dumas.

Johney was a proud graduate of Hutto High School, after which he attended Ozark Aviation School, setting the foundation for his lifelong passion for aviation. His dedication and hard work led him to serve in the U.S. Airforce for four years and later in the U.S. Army for sixteen years. Johneys' military career, spanning over two decades, was marked by his unwavering commitment to his country. After his military service, Johney worked at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation at Fort Rucker, now known as ҅Fort Novosel҆ , until his retirement in 1999.

Johney met the love of his life, Annie Merle Ward, and they were united in holy matrimony on May 14, 1970. Their union was filled with love and respect, lasting for forty-nine years until Annie's passing. Johney was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, constantly putting his family's needs before his own. His love for his family was evident in everything he did, and his absence will leave an irreplaceable void in their lives.

Not only was Johney dedicated to his family and career, but he was also an active member of his community. He served as the treasurer for the Rural District for many years. His dedication to service and brotherhood led him to join the McHellon Masonic Lodge #931, where he was a respected member.

Johney Dumas departed this earthly life on August 25, 2023 for his Heavenly Home, leaving behind a legacy of love, service, and devotion.

Johney leaves to cherish his loving memories with his loving daughter: Shakuntala Ingram and two sons: Herbert (Marilyn) Bowman and Alexander (LaKisha) Dumas. He leaves behind two honorary children: Yakemi Ward McKinnis and Kaneisha Ward; six beloved grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves precious memories with his brother: Aaron (Claire) Dumas and two sisters Sufronia (Melvin) Clark and Minnie Francis Willis, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Johneys' life can be best described by the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." Johney Dumas lived his life true to these words, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all those he encountered.

Johney will be remembered for his faith-filled life, his unwavering love for his family, and his selfless dedication to his country and community. His memory will continue to inspire and guide those who were fortunate enough to have known him. As we say goodbye to Johney, we celebrate a life well-lived and honor a man who truly made a difference. May he rest in peace in his Heavenly Home.

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 Service Program


August 30, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Scott's Chapel Hill Mortuary
814 Headland Avenue
Dothan, AL 36303

Celebration of Life
August 31, 2023

1:00 PM
Peace Missionary Baptist Church
4404 Third Avenue
Dothan, AL 36303

August 31, 2023

Shady Grove Church Cemetery #1
3503 Hodgesville Road
Dothan, AL 36301


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