A Turtle’s Tribute:
Obituary for Claude E. “C.E.” Bunkley III
C.E. Bunkley, III, of Dallas, TX, formerly of Stamford, TX, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Central Presbyterian Church in Stamford with Dr. Clifford Stewart officiating. Internment will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery in Stamford under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.
C.E. was born May 27, 1949 in Stamford, the son of the late C.E. Bunkley, Jr. and Tommie Stell Bunkley. He graduated from Stamford High School in 1967, and completed his freshman year at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. He graduated with a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971. While at UT, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Varsity Singers, and he performed in the summer season shows at Six Flags Over Texas. In 1971, C.E. began his executive career in Hotel Management. Throughout his career, he served as Director of Rooms at The Fairmont, The Adolphus, and the Loews Anatole Hotels in Dallas. He also served as the General Manager at The Fairmont Mayo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Loews Georgio Hotel in Denver, Colorado, and The Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was an active member of Meeting Planners International and Hotel Sales and Marketing Executives.
C.E. was an accomplished musician, studying piano, organ, and voice. Beginning in his early teens, he served as the church organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Stamford. C.E. was a cast member of community theatre in both Abilene and Dallas. He also sang in choirs with Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. C.E. was a 20 year singing member of The Turtle Creek Chorale of Dallas, serving on the Board of Directors. He also served on the Dallas Summer Musicals Guild Board and was the co-chairman of the World Premier of Sing for The Cure, benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
C.E. is lovingly survived by his sister, Claudia Walker and husband Gary of Abilene; a brother, Jim Bunkley and wife Carol of Richardson; nieces, Natalie Lauren Walker and fiancé Stewart Brown of Dallas, Lindsey Walker Crawford and husband Blake of Dallas; nephew, Hunter Ross Bunkley of Richardson; a great niece, Olivia Michelle Crawford of Dallas; and many beloved friends.
Pallbearers serving for C.E. are Hunter Bunkley, Blake Crawford, Stewart Brown, Charlie Pollan, John Walker, Charles Walker and Rusty Crownover.
The family request memorials be made to the Central Presbyterian Church, 601 Rowland, Stamford, Texas 79553 or the donor’s favorite charity.