DUNBAR, James W.
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James W. (Jim) Dunbar Jr., passed away peacefully on June 13, 2013, at 6:28 p.m. after suffering a fatal fall and subsequent stroke. He was surrounded by family and close friends, who held and comforted him through his last breath. Jim was born in Buford, Ga., on June 14, 1949, to James W. Dunbar and Frankie Morris Dunbar. Jim was preceded in death by his dad, a captain with the Marietta Police Department. Jim officially began his law enforcement career with the Cobb County Police Department even though he spent countless hours riding in a patrol car with his dad and then other officers after his dad’s death. Jim spent several years with Cobb before moving to Atlanta and joining the APD. Jim soon found a passion for motorcycles, eventually joining Atlanta’s Motorcycle Squad. When recruiters came calling in January of 1977, Jim applied for and was hired by the Houston Police Department. In July of 1978, a mere 18 months after his hiring, Jim rescued two girls from a fire at the Burnett-Bayland Children’s Home in southwest Houston. Shortly thereafter, Jim became part of HPD’s Motorcycle Squad (Solos). During his career, Jim was not only instrumental in reviving the combination of horse and police officer with the reestablishment of the Mounted Patrol in October 1984 after 70 years of non-existence, he also established HPD’s Public Integrity Review Group - now known as the Office of Inspector General. Jim was named “Officer of the Year,” presented at the 100 Club’s 32nd Annual Awards Banquet. He also earned several citations and commendations from his commanding officers, as well as received several letters from citizens he protected. Jim retired as a sergeant after 20 years with HPD, moving to Kimmons Investigative Services, a private security firm. He was also a reserve captain with Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office. Survivors include his loving wife, Renee Fawcett-Dunbar of Spring, Texas; mother, Frankie Smith and step dad Smitty of Marietta; son, Todd Jones and wife Carolyn of Mayfield, Ky.; daughter, Shannon Anglin and husband Archie of Tiline, Ky.; sister, Ann Mohr and husband Walt of Demerest; step son Robert and wife Hillari of Magnolia, Texas; step son Michael and wife Crystal of Dallas, Texas; nephew Steve Dunbar and son Alec of Cypress, Texas; niece Lee Ann Jean and son Justin of Marietta; and several cousins, aunts, uncles and grandchildren. Interment was held at Klein Memorial Park in Tomball, Texas, on June 18. A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church at 75 Hawkins Store Road in Kennesaw. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the 100 Club of Houston.
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Bud Wiley
June 29, 2013
Jim and I have been friends for more than 50 years. We stayed in touch through out that time.

Our friendship never missed a beat no matter how much time got in between visits or conversation.


He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
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