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Karen Jo Dunagan Wilson Smith passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Huntsville Hospital. She was a member of Hartselle First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Cullman Funeral Home, funeral services following. Interment will be in Welti Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Pastor Clayton Speed and Brother Charles Shaddix presiding.
Karen was born Oct. 1, 1944, to William E. and Lera Gay Wright Dunagan in Crowell, Texas. Karen graduated in 1962 from Fairview High School in Cullman County. She then went to UAB School of Radiological Technology and graduated in 1967. Over the next 40 years, she worked in Huntsville and Cullman, Plainview, Texas, Louisville, Ky., and Kankakee, Ill.
Karen had a great interest in family genealogy and devoted much of her time to this pursuit. Needless to say, she was very interesting to talk with. She was a fine person and very generous with her time and resources. She loved all people but especially her family, church family and friends. She shall be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Karen is survived by her children, Robert Bryan Wilson of Hartselle and Keegan Spencer Smith of Jackson, Mich.; grandchildren, Stella Sims and Elih Wilson of Hatton; brother, Roger Dunagan (wife Connie) of Decatur; sister, Lynn Dunagan of Florence; niece, Erin Dunagan, of Birmingham.
Pallbearers will be Joe Teachout, Tommy Cobb, Robert Berry, Michael Howse, Michael Wilson and Matthew Kilgore.
The family would like to express special thanks to Hartselle First Baptist Church for being such wonderful, caring people to Karen and for the untold acts of kindness that was shown to her. Also, to DCI Dialysis Center in Decatur, for all the years of providing excellent care, and to the doctors and staff of the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit of Huntsville Hospital.
Published on November 1, 2017
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