Hometown Hero: Horace Dunn

By: Lacey Steele Email
By: Lacey Steele Email

"I love what I do. I meet a lot of people, and I just like my work."

Horace Dunn is known for his barbecue in Franklin, but he's also known for helping people, especially through the Gentlemen's Unlimited Club. "We've been in existence 30 something years, and we help a lot of people."

They help out on several holidays, whether they're delivering food or toys. "Christmas for needy children, and we've been doing that for 25 or 30 years. Thanksgiving we feed anywhere from 150 to 200 people, the needy. We deliver it. We've got guys, we get in a line and prepare it. Guys put in it a box and take it out. It's just a blessing to be able to do things like that."

Franklin Mayor, Herbert Williams, says, "Horace is, he's just like I say, he's been an asset to this community in more ways than one, as far as helping the kids, and that's the thing we need more people like him in this community."

He was also recently re-elected as chairman of the trustee board at Elevated Baptist Church, and those who know him say he will do anything to help out the church.

"The pastor might call and need something done, and I've got to make sure it's done. I'm ripping and running sometimes, but it's a blessing to be able to do something for the church."

Those close to him say anytime of the year, Dunn will fix up meals for needy families for no charge when they have nothing to eat.

"I get a thrill out of helping someone less fortunate than I, and that's just what we do. We enjoy doing it."

We honor Horace Dunn as this week's Hometown Hero.

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