Colton James Dunaway

Colton James Dunaway

Colton James Dunaway, 23, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and formerly of Anna, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  

He was born on March 14, 1997, in Carbondale, the son of Melinda and Greg Perry of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Rick and Rhonda Dunaway of Anna.

He is survived by his parents, Melinda and Greg Perry of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Rick and Rhonda Dunaway of Anna; sisters Danielle Dunaway and Whitney Perry; brothers Zachary (Jennifer) Riley and Nicholas Riley; aunts and uncles Sarah Sullivan (Fred Nekola), Mary (Charles) Strader, Jim (Kim) Sullivan, Jack (Susan) Stokes, Rodney (LouAnn) Stokes, and Leon Dunaway; his God given family, Tim, Gina, Braydon and Maryn Greenwood, Kerry, Elaine, Emma and Evan Ray, Chris Whiteside, Tina McRaven and family and Mary “MawMaw” Yeckley; and too many other relatives and friends to mention. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Isaac and Floy Sullivan and James and Linda Dunaway; and by one cousin Daniel M. Legg.

He was a 2015 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.

He was employed by Boe-Tel TN of Nashville, TN. He loved his new life and job in Tennessee and coming home to share work stories of how high over downtown Nashville he would hang as he installed fiber optic cables. 

He would smile and laugh as he told his Momma. He loved coming home to Southern Illinois and staying at his Dad’s, fishing, hunting, flying his drones, driving his RC cars and visiting with his friends. 

His other favorite pastime was bowling with his best friend, Percy Reynolds Jr., who was teaching him how to perfect his “spin.” 

He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Cobden. He was known for his big loving heart, kind soul and the laughter that he always provided.  

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Doug Bridgeman and Percy Reynolds Jr. officiating. Interment followed in the Jonesboro Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church or to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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