Philip “Dunny” Dunbar Delk

Born: Thu., Feb. 7, 1935
Died: Wed., Sep. 16, 2020


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Mon., Sep. 21, 2020
Location: Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Sep. 21, 2020
Location: Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service

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Philip Dunbar Delk
Mr. Delk passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his home. He was 85 years young at the time of his death. Dunbar was born in Blackville, S.C. on February 7, 1935 to Furman and Mildred Delk. He attended school in Orangeburg before moving to West Columbia and graduating from Brookland-Cayce High School. After high school, he attended the University of South Carolina, graduating with a degree in chemical engineering while also serving in AFROTC, graduating with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He served for 17 years in the USAF, retiring with the rank of Captain, having served at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, Brookley AFB in Mobile, Alabama, and Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas. After coming back to South Carolina in the early 1970’s, he went to work at the Department of Health and Environmental Control in Columbia, later moving over to the Department of Corrections. During this time he continued to further his education, garnering several certificates and degrees. He loved fishing and anything outdoors. He and his step-son spent many happy years breeding, raising, and selling exotic birds as well as chickens, goats, donkeys, and many other species. 

Dunbar is survived by his step-son, Lonnie Jacobs of the home, His brother, Lanier “Bo” Delk (Barbara, dec.); sister, Wanda Phillips (David); sister, Gwen Fleming (Arthur, dec.); sister, Jackie Bradham (John, dec.); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Dunbar was a truly wonderful, kind, loving man. For all those who knew him and the ones who loved him dearly; he will be greatly missed.

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Alton Hallman Jr
   Posted Mon September 21, 2020
So sorry to hear this. Lonnie I'm sorry for your lost.

Iris Lockaby
   Posted Mon September 21, 2020
I met Dunbar when I went to work for him at DHEC as his secretary. He was a great boss and although my time at DHEC was short, I found him to be one of the best bosses I ever had! He was truly a sincere, kind, wonderful man and my heart is sad at his passing. My sincere condolences to his family.

Jeannie Abston-Morris
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Dunbar's passing. I just found out today or I would have been at the service. Dunbar was the best supervisor I have ever had (and the smartest)! He could write the best letters. He was also the best at getting an idea across when trying to teach me about the job. He will be greatly missed.

Jeff Lintern
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
Condolences to the Delk family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dunbar hired me on March, 1985 at DHEC giving me my first "real" job out of college. I could never thank him enough for my first start as this led to a long and rewarding career in engineering. He left DHEC for DOC before I pursued my next job but he left his imprint on me. I thoroughly enjoyed working for him and with him. He was honest, couldn't be bullied by politics, and a straight shooter all the way. This rubbed some people the wrong way of course, but you always knew where you stood with him. Over the years, we'd occasionally run into each other around town and it was always great to see him and share a few laughs until the next time. Thanks for all the memories and may you rest in eternal peace.

Jeff Lintern

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