Thomas Franklin Dunlap, 72, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA. Born on February 22, 1943 in Windrock, TN, he was the son of the late Alvin Dunlap and Viola Roberts Dunlap. Thomas was a retired veteran of the U. S. Navy where he competed for the Navy on their Softball Team. After his military service, he served as the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Elizabeth City, NC for 11 years. Thomas most recently worked in Personnel Security for Naval Supply Center in Norfolk, VA, and was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA. An incredible sportsman, he was highly sought after by local business softball teams as a remarkable utility player and for his prowess at the plate.Thomas will be remembered for his smile, his love and service to the Lord, and the many lives he touched in his coaching ministry.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Judith C. Dunlap of Virginia Beach, VA; two daughters, Angela Hiley Dunlap Smith of Norfolk, VA, Kimberly Bell and her husband, Tim of Gainesville, GA; two sisters, Delores Patterson of Coalfield, TN, Theresa Harris and her husband residing in Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Corey Bell and his wife, Allison of Redlick, IN, Gabriel Bell and his wife, Rissa of Jacksonville, NC, Shelby Smith of Norfolk, VA, Shyla Smith of Virginia Beach, VA, Thomas Bell of Gainesville, GA, Zaire Smith of Virginia Beach, VA, Robin Bell of Gainesville, GA; two great-grandchildren, Yahontise Smith and Christopher Williams; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Thomas is predeceased by his sister, Kelly Jean Dunlap and his brother, J. D. Dunlap.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 717 Whitehurst Landing Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm. Interment will be held on April 13, 2015 at 10:00 am at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.
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Thank you, AME1 Thomas F. Dunlap USN (Ret.), for your service to our country.Send FlowersPlant a Tree