Celebration of Life Service to be Held for Ole Miss Great Jim Dunaway
June 7, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. –  A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, June 9, in Columbia, Mississippi, for Ole Miss football great James K. “Jim” Dunaway, who passed away last month due to a brief illness.

The ceremony will be at the Woodlawn Church in Columbia, 1452 Old Highway 98 East, at 2 p.m.

At 6-4, 260 pounds, Dunaway was considered one of the largest linemen in the nation during his collegiate days, possessing unusual speed and agility for his size and was the fastest lineman on the Ole Miss team, earning All-America honors in 1961 and again in 1962 when he was also named to the All-Southeastern Conference team.

He earned three letters (1960-61-62) while playing in the offensive and defensive line for legendary Ole Miss coach John Vaught. During his three varsity seasons, Vaught’s Rebels compiled a 29-2-1 record and played in three bowl games, including two Sugar Bowls and one Cotton Bowl. Dunaway helped lead the Rebels to a share of two national championships, including the 1960 team which was selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

Dunaway also played a major role in Ole Miss winning the 1960 and 1962 Southeastern Conference titles, while the 1962 team finished 10-0, the only perfect football season in Ole Miss football history. He was named National Lineman of the Week by Sports Illustrated for his 1962 performance against LSU, a 15-7 win over the Tigers in Baton Rouge.

Following his senior season, Dunaway played in the Senior Bowl, Chicago All-Star Game and Coaches All-American Bowl. He was then selected in the first round (3rd overall pick) of the 1963 National Football League draft by the Minnesota Vikings and was a second round selection by the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League draft.

Dunaway enjoyed a 10-year pro career, including nine years with Buffalo and one with the Miami Dolphins, and was with Miami the final year of his career when the Dolphins went 16-0 and won Super Bowl VII over Washington. Dunaway was selected All-Pro in 1966 and 1968, while also playing in the Pro Bowl four years (1965-66-67-69). He was named Mississippi Professional Athlete of the Year in 1966.

Dunaway was selected to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Ole Miss Team of the Century (1893-1992) in 1993. He was also named to the 1960s All-SEC team as well as the Athlon Sports All-Time Rebel Team (1893-1995).

Football was not the only sport for Dunaway at Ole Miss, who earned two letters (1961-62) for Doc Knight’s track team as he established a new school record in 1962 by going 55 feet, 4 ½ inches in the shot, a mark that stayed in the books until 1984. While a student at Ole Miss, he was active member of the M-Club and received his BSHPE degree from the University of Mississippi in 1963.

Born September 3, 1941 in Columbia, Mississippi, Dunaway was a unanimous prep All-American while playing football for Coach Ben Ruscoe at Columbia High School where he earned All-Big Eight Conference honors in 1957 and 1958. While playing at Columbia High, he earned three letters in football and four in track.






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