Originally from Kitts, author and songwriter Phyllis Dunn-Barnes, who recently passed away in September, now has a display in her honor at the Harlan Public Library.
Rich Haynes, director at the library, said Roy Barnes, of Louisville, contacted him asking if his wife’s books could be displayed, along with three CDs his wife had written songs on as a memorial to her.
“She loved Harlan County,” said Barnes. “Her dad, Val Dunn, was a coal miner at the Cloverfork Coal Mines in Kitts. Her mother, Sudie, had to leave the Harlan area when her children were young, moving to Louisville, and that is where I met Phyllis. My wife had lived a year with her aunt, Diane Brooks, and attended her freshman year at Loyall High School before moving to Louisville with her family at the age of 13.”
Anyone wishing to read one of Phyllis’ books, which include “Black Diamonds: A child’s joy and loss, The Val and Sudie Dunn Family” and “But, You Loved Me” may come by the library.
Married 67 years, Roy is also an author and has donated copies of his books, which include “Wildflower Poetry” and “A Journey from Slingshots and Marbles to Bottom Lines” to the library for readers to enjoy.
A poet, painter, author and amateur naturalist, Barnes and his wife owned and operated a number of laundry/dry cleaning establishments. After retirement, he began a second career as vice-president and director of franchise operations to a grocery chain before retiring a second time in 2000 at the age of 74.
They have four children, one deceased, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
For more information, you may contact the Harlan Public Library or Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, email@example.com