Obituary of John Dulaney
John William Dulaney, Jr., Tunica, Mississippi
John William Dulaney, Jr., died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 16, 2018. John was married to Dorothy Henry Fields of Biloxi on the day before his twenty-fifth birthday and said she was the best birthday present he ever got. John and Dottie were married fifty-seven years before she preceded him in death. He was an Eagle scout and credited scouting for fostering many hobbies and interests that he enjoyed throughout his life. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting, particularly the challenge of turkey hunting. He graduated from Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Eager to serve in WWII, he joined he joined the Navy after graduating and served in the Signal Corps with the Pacific fleet. He was a lifelong member of the Church of the Epiphany.
Following his naval service, John attended the University of Mississippi where he earned his BA degree and law degree graduating first in his class in 1951. He was editor of the Mississippi Law Journal in his senior year and was a member of ODK national leadership fraternity. Upon graduation, he returned to Tunica to practice law with his father and later with his brother, William Dulaney, and for a short time with his daughter, Marian, and nephews, Andy and Joseph. His practice spanned more than fifty years during which time he was attorney for the Board of Supervisors of Tunica County for thirty-eight years and attorney for the Board of Education for thirty-five years. He served as commissioner of the Mississippi Bar Association and was a member of the Board of Commission on Continuing Legal Education. He was a Fellow in the American College of Probate and Trust Counsel. He had an extensive Agricultural Law practice and for some years served as a Master in Chancery and briefly as a Special Circuit Judge.
Survivors include his brother William P. Dulaney (Betty Jo); his sons John W. Dulaney III (Shirley) of Horn Lake, and Charles M. Dulaney of Columbia, South Carolina; his daughters Susan Dulaney Wright of Norman, OK, Marian Dulaney Fortner (Tom) of Hattiesburg, MS, and Irene Dulaney Evans (Richard) of Tuscaloosa, AL.
Grandchildren Rachel Wright Jones, Carolyn Durrett, Alley Fortner Samuels, Jonathan Dulaney, Jake Dulaney, Parker Evans, Neil Evans, Henry Evans, Charles M. Dulaney, Jr.
Great Grandchildren Amelia Durrett, Luke Durrett, Vivian Jones and William Samuels.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Church of the Epiphany, Tunica, Mississippi, or the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, P. O. Box 23107, Jackson, MS 39225-3107, designated for the ministry of the donor's choice.
The Celebration of Life service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany in Tunica, Mississippi on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM, with visitation to begin at 12:30 PM.
Meredith-Nowell Memorial Funeral Home in Tunica, MS is in charge of arrangements.