Bruce Edwin Dunbar

All of our lives have meaning and God has a path for each of us. Some of our paths are aligned with the stars and leave an impression on earth. A person with an Expression or Life Path that reduces down fully to an 11 or 22 are said to be endowed with special gifts of high-level inspiration and leadership.

Bruce Edwin Dunbar was born on November 18, 1953 to Leon & Harriet Dunbar in Allendale, South Carolina.  He accepted Christ at an early age at New Hope UMC in Allendale, South Carolina.  Bruce began his education in South Carolina: Allendale Primary then relocated to Philadelphia, PA with his mother & 7 siblings in 1962 where he continued his education in the Philadelphia School Systems.  He graduated from W. Philadelphia High School in 1971and attended Philadelphia School of Arts in the summer of 1971.

Bruce began his career as a Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer with forming the group, the “Deltones” in 1968, with friends Tony Anderson, Alan Williams, & Carl Smith. In 1969 they changed their name to the “Coalitions’ due to the similarity of another local group “The Delfonics”.  Their big break came in 1974. Under the guidance of producer Michael -Nise they recorded “Instead….How Are You”, with label Philadelphia LA of Soul. In 1975 they opened for the Jackson Five while touring the Chitlin Circuit. The group performed in Texas, where he later made his permanent residence until his transition into his heavenly home. In 1978 he travel to the UK with friend Ray Shells with the show Oscar Johnson’s “Little Willie Jr’s Resurrection”. Bruce and Ray, along with their wives, decided to stay in London after the show to further their music and entertainment careers.  Bruce convinced the owner of Hyde Park hotel to build and equip a recording studio in the basement of the hotel. He spent countless hours creating music in that studio. An audition came up for a singer in the UK soul group ‘Delegation”. Bruce auditioned and became the newest member of the group. His talent and falsetto voice was undeniable. After returning back to the US in 1981, he continued to express his love for music. He wrote, produced and recorded “Just One More Day in Galveston” under the management of Johnny Owens. The song was played at a Stewart Park Beach committee member. The song received a standing ovation. The committee recommended the Hotel/Motel Association, along with other island business, use the song for advertisement. He performed the song at many local events, including the return of the “Tall Ship Elissa” in 1986. 

Throughout the years, Bruce held many jobs and many talents. Like his brother J.D., he inherited the gift of carpentry from his father. Paired with his love for art, he became a master carpenter. He was known for his freehand customer designs. He passed his gift to many young men, teaching them to always be in business for themselves by using the gift and blessing of your hands. He would say that “as long as you have your hands, you’ll always be employed.” he had a great reputation with business owners and was well known and respected for his work in Beaumont, TX.

Being a master number 22 (the most powerful) carries the gift of changing lives and in some cases inspiring hundreds, if not millions through their voice, art, ideals, and strength of character. Bruce possessed both master number 11, for the month he was born, and number 22 for the day he received his crown of glory. He lived an extraordinary life, full of love and drive. He saw he gifts in other and encouraged them to reach their full potential. He left a stain of warmth, devotion, kindness, strength, ambition, and most of all love, on the world and hearts of those who loved him. He often opened his home to others and was a financial support to those in need. He never met a stranger and will be desperately missed by loved ones and his community.

Awaiting him in heaven…. are his parents; grandparents, Ira Mae Thompson, Hard Dunbar, Edward and Janie Jowers; siblings, George Leon Dunbar, Tyrone Dunbar, Jowers “J.D.” Dunbar and Larcenia Bullard.

Bruce’s spirit and love will continue to live through….his children, Trezlyn Dunbar-Davis (Fermin) of Texas, Rei Dunbar, Kimberly Borders, Bruce Showell, all of Philadelphia, El Donta McFadden of California, Sarina Allen of Texas; siblings, Garthia Dunbar (Joya) of Arizona, Joyce Scott of Arizona, Janice Freeman of Georgia, Lionel Dunbar, Edwin Dunbar (Rachel), Wayne Dunbar (Shannon), Keith Dunbar (Lisa), Jennifer Dunbar all of Florida, Margaret Ann Oestricher of New York, Toni Dunbar of Louisiana; 26 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; bonus children, Calvin, Josh, Curtis and Crystal Zachary; special friends, Tony Anderson, Lester Bellow, Edward Henderson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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