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Pastor Alma Dungee - Mom, Donut Lady, Servant
9/10/2014 3:27:31 PM

Pastor Alma Dungee
By Barney Blakeney

To some she’s known as ‘the donut lady’, others call her mom. Over the past half century Pastor Alma Dungee has become a familiar figure in the downtown Charleston community. She’s earned all of the many monikers by which she’s called.

Pastor Dungee grew up on the peninsula on Coming Street, one of three children of William and Evelina Brown. She attended downtown public schools and graduated from Simonton and Burke schools. Raised by her grandmother Pastor Dungee, was instilled with a passion to serve.

She did just that for over 30 years as a nurse. She was among the first Black students to integrate the Baptist College and continued her professional education at Roper Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Many may remember her from her days as a nurse at Charleston County Memorial Hospital. Upon her retirement she started her own nurses registry hiring other retired nurses to serve as private duty caretakers.

“I grew up in a loving, kind and helpful community. And I learned the Word that said we should all be a blessing to others,” said Pastor Dungee who gained her early spiritual foundation as a member of Zion Presbyterian and Shiloh AME churches.

The Spirit led Pastor Dungee to complete seminary school at R.A. Leonard Seminary School and to become an ordained minister in the AME Church. Though she has conducted a television ministry in addition to her own church, it is among the people where Pastor Dungee has served most.

She daily demonstrates her passion for serving others by waking before dawn most mornings to prepare and distribute hot meals and other food stuffs to those at local homeless shelters, work sites and public housing complexes. She’s worked with Crisis Ministries Soup Kitchen the past 20 years and last spring walked door to door to raise over $3,000 for the March of Dimes campaign.

Having received more than her promised three score and 10 years of life, Pastor Dungee tirelessly continues her pursuit of service to her community. She is president of the North Central Neighborhood Association and a member of the Charleston County Constituent Dist. 20 School Board.

She is a staunch advocate for seniors and youth. For several decades she has advocated for adequate affordable senior housing and was influential in the development of senior housing complexes in the North Central and the West Side Neighborhood communities. Pastor Dungee has been a board member of Charleston Promise Communities, the Charleston Charter School for Math & Science, Charleston’s Housing and Economic Development Board, Project Cool Breeze and the Concerned Citizens of the Peninsula.

In addition to that work, Pastor Dungee is an advocate for at-risk students, youth employment opportunities and those working to obtain GEDs.

From sun up to sun down Pastor Dungee can be seen moving around the Charleston area serving in various capacities to assist others in any way she can.

“I’ve received over 90 awards,” Pastor Dungee says, “But my greatest reward is helping other people.”

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Christine Moore Submitted: 9/10/2014
I knew of Pastor Dungee during her television ministry but sadly did not take a lot of it in. Now, every now and then at Mt. Moriah Baptist, I will hear her dispensing some crisp and profound wisdom or prayer. Thank you for sharing this article about this hard working and special woman.

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