James Walker Dugger, of Johnson City, Tennessee, went home to be with God on Monday September 16, 2013.
James, “Jimmy” as known by his family and friends, was born February 8, 1931 in Greeneville, Tennessee. He is survived by his sister, Joan “Sally” Weaver; niece, Teresa Palmer; nephews, Stephen and Michael.
James was a Satsangi for most of his life and followed the path faithfully until his death.
James was preceded in death by his parents, James Hugh Dugger and Joan Walker Dugger, both of Greeneville.
James’ life was one of service and love. His love for his family, nature, animals and the people he crossed paths with was demonstrated by his daily actions. James was known to befriend animals of all kinds and was known to feed deer, squirrels and even a family of ducks who visited him daily. At one point James cared for eighteen dogs.
James graduated from Greeneville High School and played football at both East Tennessee State and the University of Wyoming, where the team went undefeated during the 1950 season finishing with a Gator Bowl victory in Jacksonville. While in Wyoming, James was a proud member of the Wyoming Reserve Corps.
James’s studied chiropractic at the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and began his practice in Columbia, South Carolina. He was a Mason, following in the footsteps of his grandfather believing the best way to worship God is to service people.
His commitment to health and healing led him into a devoted spiritual practice of meditation and contemplation in the service of others. James lived a healthy lifestyle and was vegetarian most of his life.
James leaves many friends in this earthly life. Those that knew James knew him as a charismatic presence capable of “lighting up” a room with laughter and hope. In the presence of James we found everyday life a little less serious, a little more thoughtful, healthier and a lot more fun and spiritual.
His family wishes to thank those who shared laughs, love and loving care for him at Johnson City’s NHC center until his death. We also are thankful for those spiritual friends in Johnson City and Austin who helped him and traveled with him along his life’s journey. You reached out and helped fill his last years with clarity, love and peace.
In lieu of flowers and a service the family requests any donations be sent on Jimmy’s behalf to the Best Friends Animal Society at http://bestfriends.org.
Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of James Walker Dugger. (423) 378-3134