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Updated on July 5, 2014

Joseph Franklin Dunkin

Due to his untimely death, Joe's novel, Bones  of my Brother has not yet been published.
Due to his untimely death, Joe's novel, Bones of my Brother has not yet been published.

Joe reads excerpts from Bones of My Broher

A serious writer

A lot of us are still reeling from the death last week of writer J. Franklin Dunkin. I knew of Joe when we attended the same school in Perry County Alabama. I could put his face with a name and saw him in the halls and around at school but we weren't really acquaintances. He was a "boy" in 2nd year of Junior High and I was a Senior.

It wasn't until years and more years later, after my Dad had died and I had beocme interested in genealogies, that I realized all those Dunkins I was going to school with were my cousins. I began to refer to them as my "distant Dunkin cousins."

Later, a lot of us got together on FACEBOOK and that's when I came to know more about Joe. The first thing I found out was that he was a dedicated writer. Most of us fooled around with writing but Joe was serious about it. He invited me to hubpages where I read one of his travelogues. I immediately knew that I liked his writing style.

He seemed to always want to encourage all of us in our writing efforts. At his suggestion, I joined hubpages but, as with most of my writing, I only wrote two hubs, got to the middle of a third, and then turned to other things. Joe, however, was writing a book!

My apology

I need to apologize for my own lack of dedication and for the fact that I found it downright annoying that someone was actually serious about writing. I imagine you in heaven with Evie and other characters from your book and all your creative energy flowing out to your Perry County. Alabama writers. Thanks Joe. I'm praying that your book will soon be published and that all the things that were filling up your heart to say, will be said.

© 2014 Nannette Serra

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      Hayward Dunkin 2 years ago

      Jaye, yiu can email me at hdunkin@charter.net

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      Hayward Dunkin 2 years ago

      Jaye, find me on FB if you are on an PM me. Thanks for comments.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      That makes me sad. I do hope his heirs will allow the book to be published, and sooner rather than later. The book was ready for printing when he died, and if he'd lived only a short time longer he would have held his published work in his hands. Of course, I'm not privy to their reason for this delay, but I can only hope his children will respect their dad's talent, his wish for people to read the book and allow it to happen. BONES OF MY BROTHER deserves an audience of readers who will appreciate this talented writer's work.

      Jaye

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      Nannette Serra 2 years ago

      JayeWisdom: The last info I have is that no one knows if Joe's book will ever be published. I hope that his heirs or whoever holds the copyright at this time, will publish the book as soon as possible. I understand he found a publisher but no books have actually been printed. Thanks for your comments.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Do you know whether or not J. Frank's book (which was scheduled to be published at the time of his death, but was delayed by his estate) has yet or is going to be published? I, too, was impressed with his writing style and am glad I'd already read everything he published on HP since most of it was removed by the time I knew of his death. I read a pre-publication copy of the book and planned to review BONES OF MY BROTHER. I'd still like the opportunity to do so. I'm glad J. Frank had the satisfaction of completing the book and finding a publisher, but I'd still like for it to be his legacy in print and find the readership it deserves.

      Jaye

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