Sarah Ann Quillen Dunsmore (Sign Guestbook)

Sarah Ann Quillen Dunsmore, age 84, died peacefully on Monday February 11, 2019 after a prolonged illness. Sarah Ann was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky and raised in Gate City, Virginia. She graduated from Shoemaker High School, Gate City, Virginia and Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia. Mrs. Dunsmore worked for the United Methodist Board of Global Discipleship, the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley and the public school systems of Scott County, Virginia, Knox County, Tennessee and Wise County, Virginia.  Mrs. Dunsmore was an active member and leader in the United Methodist churches where her husband served as pastor and directed children’s choirs at churches in Lebanon, Virginia, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Tazewell, Virginia. She had a life-long love of music and was a talented pianist and organist.


Mrs. Dunsmore was preceded in death by her parents, H. Mont and Ann VanBeber Quillen; her husband, Rev. Moses Beecher Dunsmore; and her son, Andrew Beecher Dunsmore. Mrs. Dunsmore is survived by her daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Dunsmore, Rockville, Maryland, and Julie Dunsmore, Blacksburg, Virginia; a son-in-law, John Wilson, Blacksburg, Virginia; grandson, Nicholas Wilson, Arlington, Virginia; granddaughter, Elizabeth Dunsmore, Raleigh, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Dunsmore Finley, Cleveland, Tennessee; first cousins, Byrd Quillen, Chuck Quillen, Ford Quillen, Pat Quillen and Kay Quillen Addington, all of Gate City, Virginia, Cecil Quillen and Shirley Quillen Peterson, Richmond, Virginia and Patricia Quillen, Roanoke, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.  Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life worship service at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019, at First United Methodist Church Maryville with the Rev. Catherine Nance and the Rev. Charles Neal officiating. The family will receive friends after the service in Wesley Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church Maryville or to Emory and Henry College. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Dunsmore family and invites you to sign the online registry below.

6 guestbook entries for “Sarah Ann Quillen Dunsmore”:

  1. Frances Lovell says:

    Sarah was a lovely lady and a good friend.

  2. Sherry j Wilburn says:

    Ms Sarah was a wonderful friend of mine for many years. She was talented in many areas. The fondest memories I have of her is the wonderful times we had at her table listening carefully as Mr Beecher told their story of serving The Lord together and raising their children. I have been blessed to share a small part of their lives. I will always remember you both.

  3. Dawn Claflin says:

    Mrs. Dunsmore will always remain in my heart. Thank you for sharing her time with me.

  4. Darrell Burkhart says:

    Sarah was a great Christian lady and I was blessed to have known her. My deepest sympathy.

  5. Linda Pendleton Williams says:

    I remember Sarah Ann playing the organ in my church years ago. She was a lovely person

  6. Marisue Skeen Smith says:

    Sarah and I were good friends at EHC–we were roommates for two years. I also enjoyed getting to know her parents and extended family in Gate city during summer visits. She also visited me at home in Clintwood.
    I have not kept in touch with her since we left the Big Stone Gap District to move to Charlottesville area in 2001.
    I have many good memories of Sarah and Beecher, since our days at EHC.
    I send my sympathy to the Dunsmore Family

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