Maxie and Jerry Dunnam have arrived at their “Happy Place.” They chose Kirby Pines for the beautiful trees, flowers and the total ambience we have here. But I’m sure when you meet the Dunnams, you’ll come to the same conclusion as I did. Any place they are is a “Happy Place.”
Married for 60 years, they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Maxie received his BA from Southern Mississippi and his Masters of Divinity from Emory University. Jerry went to Georgia State University.
Maxie has certainly earned his place in the “Who’s Who” of the United Methodist Church. He started preaching when he was 19 years old, served as a United Methodist Minister for 64 years, started 3 new churches in Georgia, Mississippi and California, was world editor of The Upper Room, was President of Asbury Theological Seminary, was Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church here in Memphis (1982-1994) and presently Maxie is the full-time Minister at Large at Christ United Methodist Church. For most of Maxie’s ministry he has had a full-time assistant by his side, Jerry Dunnam. When Maxie speaks of his ministry, it is always “We.” These two talented and dedicated people have accomplished so much in their church and community lives, it would take a book to tell you about them. This is a couple you will surely want to find and give them a tremendous welcome. They will fascinate you with stories of their many travels and experiences. We are so thrilled they chose Kirby Pines to be their “Happy Place!”
Maxie & Jerry Dunnam
If you have been going to the Kirby Pines ballroom dances, you have probably enjoyed the dancing of two of our newest residents, Gene (Twinkle Toes) Callaway and his wife Sara. Since retiring from the Memphis City Schools as a teacher and principal, Gene has taken up oil painting and tap dancing. He also plays the piano and continues to do some interesting geneology work for the Callaway Family Assn. Inc. Sara also stays busy playing duplicate bridge, doing beautiful needle point, reading historical books and serving as a hostess at the Dixon Gallery.
Married for 50 years next month, Gene and Sara moved to Kirby from Germantown. Gene received his BS and MA degrees from Memphis State. Sara received her BS degree from Blue Mountain College, then went on to earn her MA at Memphis State. Gene worked for 34 years at various schools as a teacher and principal in the Memphis City Schools. Sara began her teaching experience in Hardeman County, moving to Memphis to serve as a guidance counselor at Fairview Jr. High, Central H.S, and Melrose H.S.
During the Korean War Gene served in the U.S Air Force, reaching the rank S/SGT. He was stationed at various posts in the U.S. and in 1951-52 was assigned as a K-13 in Suwon Korea.
You will enjoy getting to know this couple, Gene is very quiet and reserved yet very friendly and Sara is quite dignified, the epitome of a southern lady. From this short resume of The Callaways, you know right away the many ways they will fit into our Kirby Pines Retirement Community lifestyle.
– Gene & Sara Callaway
Roy and Mary Ann didn’t have far to go on moving day, just 3 miles from their former home to Kirby Pines. They are already very pleased being here, no more big house yard work and chores to do.
Roy was born in Columbus, Georgia and Mary Ann and was born in Conway, Arkansas. They have been married for 49 years and have 3 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and 4 step-great-grandchildren.
Roy graduated from Georgia Tech in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and went to work for Shoemaker Financial as a CPA and retired after 25 years. Mary Ann graduated from Hendrix College in 1959 and became Office Manager/Partner in Performance Systems, Inc. She retired after 30 years and enjoyed her career very much.
Now that the Thurmonds have retired, it is time for some leisure activities. Roy mentioned walking and bike riding and I do mean serious bike riding like week-long rides and MS-150 mile rides. Mary Ann will have more time to work with her father’s photographs and her mother’s writings about Rohwer, a Japanese Relocation Camp in Arkansas during World War II. An Arkansas historian has created a traveling exhibit using her parent’s work along with her research. The exhibit has hung at the Memphis Botanic Garden and is now on display in Little Rock.
Make it a priority to find Roy and Mary Ann and get them involved in some of the life enhancement opportunities here at Kirby Pines. They are an energetic couple with much to offer to our community.
– Roy & Mary Ann Thurmond