In Memory

Joseph (Chris) Dunlap

Durham, NC:  Joseph Christopher Dunlap, 71, died Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Duke University Medical Center. He was born June 21, 1943, the son of the late James M. and Verdie Wilson Dunlap. He attended Hayes Barton United Methodist Church and graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School in 1961 and from Duke University in 1965. He also earned his Masters in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chris served his country during the Vietnam era in the US Navy on the USS Little Rock. Following his military service, he initially worked in banking, but his long-term career was in federal service. Chris retired in January of 2014 after 43 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency where he served as a Supervisory Auditor.

Chris was known as a loving, generous person that was full of life and was considered to be a southern gentleman by all who knew him. Chris was a man of courage and integrity who met any situation with his “thumbs up” approach. He was an avid and excellent bridge player. After his extended career and traveling the world, Chris will be laid to rest with his family in Greene County.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, September 1, 2014, at the Hull Road Free Will Baptist Church in Arba, NC with Reverend Leon Grubbs officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Chris is survived by his cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the graveside. In addition to his parents, Chris was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Sugg, and his special friend, Pauletta Allen King.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hull Road Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3984 Hull Road, Snow Hill NC  28580. Additionally, online condolences may be made at

Family and friends are most grateful to the Duke Lung Transplant Team as well as other physicians and staff at the Duke Clinic, Duke Medicine Pavilion and Duke Main Hospital who so carefully and caringly attended to Chris during the last months of his life. They also extend a special thanks to the Duke Palliative and Duke Decedent personnel.

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08/31/14 05:21 AM #1    

James Clark

It seems rather odd that we don't find out about the history we've each gone through with or without the others knowing of it. 

Chris and I were in high school together at Broughton and went our own ways afterwards.  Today I find that we were also on the same Guided Missile Light Cruiser USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG-4) together and didn't even know we were aboard at the same time.  

I wonder what other coming history of our lives will be shown to each of us over the coming years.

Rest in Peace. 

Jim Clark







08/31/14 11:32 AM #2    

Gordon (N. G. ) Blake

Chris was a great guy and good friend. I appreciate his friendship that lasted through the years. 

08/15/19 08:22 AM #3    

Betty Ruth Johnson (Angell)

Chris and I stayed close friends throughout his life. After graduating from Duke together, we went our separate ways but he always called and we visited often when he returned to Raleigh to check on his mother. When his career brought him back to the Triangle, we often socialized, frequently enjoying ADF performances and playing bridge together. One Christmas at an open house I introduced him to the love of his life, Pauletta King. They were together until her unexpected death about 8 months before his. I then served as his primary caregiver while he was a candidate for a double lung transplant at Duke. He survived that surgery for a few months before his passing. I will miss him always as we often ran major decisions and accompanying paperwork by one another. He was a true, kind and generous friend! 

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