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Mary Jo McAllister Dunning, 90, of Beaufort, widow of Wilburn Carl Dunning, Jr. passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in Florence, South Carolina.

She was born in Big Creek, Alabama on December 29, 1929 to the late D. S. McAllister and Dixie Belle McAllister. She had three brothers, Maurice, Wilmer, and Charles McAllister.

Mary Jo worked in Beaufort in the dental profession for over 45 years as a dental assistant, receptionist, and office manager. She was known by many from her years working in the offices of Dr. Sam Koutroulakis, Dr. Rutledge Coleman, Dr. Don Whisonant, and Dr. Robert Roe. She was a Navy wife and also a member of the Carteret Street United Methodist Church.

Mary Jo loved the Lowcountry, its seafood, and enjoying it together with friends. Her favorite hobby was to go “junking” with her daughter and friends. She spent most of the last few years living with her daughter and son-in-law in Florence, South Carolina.
She is survived by her son, Philip Carl Dunning, Sr. of Beaufort, her daughter, Mary Dunning Chapman (David) of Florence, two granddaughters Suzanne Dunning and Anna Hall Chapman, one grandson, Philip Carl Dunning Jr., and five great grandchildren, Ashley, Rachel, Madison, Grey and Andi Clark.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive. A graveside service for Mary Jo will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 Beaufort National Cemetery. The family hopes to have a Celebration of Life at a later date in the spring of next year.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society-P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123- in Mary Jo’s memory.

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  1. Cheryl Ashley Bowman says:

    Thinking of your family during your time of sorrow.
    So Sorry to hear of Mrs Dunnings passing. Sweet lady.

  2. Harry Koutroulakis says:

    We have many good memories of such a wonderful, lady. A generous, loving, smart, talented, industrious, thrifty, spiritual example for all of us. She was a part of our own family . Philip, Mary and families our prayers and thoughts are with you .
    Love ,
    Harry and Margaret Koutroulakis

  3. Charles Friedman DDS says:

    Jo was simply a pleasure. A kinder, gentler “southern” lady there never was.

    My heart goes out to her family.

  4. Mary Whisonant says:

    My heart is with you, Mary A and Phil! There are such grand memories of Jo as neighbor, friend and office manager for Don’s dental office. All the laughter, the joy and the great food she shared with us will long be remembered..

  5. Gay Rodgers says:

    Phil, I was so sorry to hear of your mother passing. Our mothers passed just a week a part. I know how hard it is to lose your mother. I remember her well. A Kind and sweet woman. You should be proud. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Gay

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