Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cullman Funeral Home with funeral services to follow. Interment will be at Welti Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Pastor Clayton Speed and brother Charles Shaddix will be presiding.
Karen was born Oct. 1, 1944, to William E. Dunagan and Lera Gay Wright Dunagan in Crowell, Texas. Karen graduated from Fairview High School, in Cullman County in 1962. She then went to UAB School of Radiological Technology and graduated in 1967. Over the next 40 years she worked in Huntsville and Cullman Alabama, Plainview, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, and Kankakee, Illinois.
Karen had a great interest in family genealogy and devoted much of her time to this pursuit. From her research she learned that her father's name originally was Buster Virgil McCorkle, Jr. who changed his name to William Edward "Bill" Dunagan when he was adopted by Albert Dunagan, grandson of Delilah Dunagan (m. Buster Virgil McCorkle, Sr.)/Joseph Daniel Dunagan/Ezekiel and Delilah Trotter Dunagan/Ezekiel and Lydia Ann Brown Dunagan from Georgia. 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, Alabama, and Keegan Spencer Smith, of Jackson, Michigan; grandchildren, Stella Sims and Elih Wilson, of Hatton, Alabama; brother, Roger Dunagan (wife Connie), of Decatur, Alabama; sister, Lynn Dunagan, of Florence, Alabama; and niece, Erin Dunagan, of Birmingham, Alabama.
Pallbearers are 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, Alabama for all the years of providing excellent care and to the doctors and staff of the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit of Huntsville Hospital.