He was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City and was a son of the late Beryl and Eva Ruth Hilton Dugger. Denver was the lead singer for his family, The Singing Duggers, and traveled across the country singing Southern gospel music for over thirty years. Together they recorded multiple albums, made numerous friends, and touched many lives. He was also a licensed funeral director and worked for several years at both Appalachian Funeral Home in Johnson City and Johnson Funeral Home in Church Hill. Denver loved his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Della Roberts Dugger and a step-son, Jeremy Ratliff.
Survivors include three sons, Denver (D.J.) Dugger Jr. and wife, Shatel of Johnson City, Dustin L. Dugger and wife, Katie of Elizabethton, and Gabriel Dugger of Johnson City; the love of his life, Patti Hilton Dugger; brothers, Alfred Dugger and wife, Wilma, Rev. Larry Dugger and wife, Kim, Rev. David Dugger and wife, Kathy and Mark Dugger and wife, Amy; sisters, Wilma Erlene White and Queenie Wheeler and husband, Rev. E.L.; grandchildren, Zoe, Kami, Owen and Noah Dugger; an aunt, Velma Hilton of Kingsport; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Due to the CDC guidelines a private family graveside service will be conducted in the Washington County Memory Gardens. A memorial service to honor Denver’s life will be held at a later date. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at NHC in Johnson City for the last several years of loving care they provided to Mr. Dugger.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Singing Duggers’ Ministry, in care of Queenie Wheeler, 122 Timberridge Road, Erwin, TN 37650.
Condolences may be made online at www.wadugger.com . Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Dugger family. 423-928-2245