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Virginia Dunlap

April 27, 1931 - July 7, 2017

Burial Date: July 9, 2017

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 P.M. Saturday July 8, 2017 at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel 1102 Big Springs Road Maryville, TN 37801 with Dr. Charles Bailey and Chuck Young officiating. The family and friends will meet at Grandview Cemetery on Sunday July 9, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. for graveside and burial services. The family will receive friends 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Saturday July 8, 2017 at the funeral home.

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Virginia “Jean” Ray Dunlap of Maryville, passed away on Friday July 7, 2017, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Jean was born on April 27, 1931, in Mable Hill, Georgia, to the late Paul E. and Eva Taberaux Ray. When she was six years old, the family moved to Blount County where she and her younger sister Helen grew up. Jean attended Everett High School and married the late Roy Mack Dunlap after World War II. They had three sons. After living both in Illinois and again in Georgia with her husband and children, Jean moved back to Maryville after her mother was killed in a tragic car accident. She remained here until her death. Jean retired from Asbury Acres Retirement Home and Health Center following a lengthy career as dietary supervisor. After retirement Jean worked as a special education bus aide for Maryville City Schools, memories she held dear. When her husband Mack passed away in 2005, Jean began volunteering at Blount Memorial Hospital at the outpatient desk. She loved her “job” at BMH and all the people she met with her friendly smile. Jean also loved her community and neighbors, her door always open to several generations of the community’s children. Her church family at Laurel Bank Baptist remained an important part of her life, even after she became a shut-in. Jean will be remembered for her quick smile and friendly heart. Preceded in death by parents Paul and Eva Taberaux Ray and by her husband, Roy Dunlap. Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Buddy Cathcart of Maryville; her three sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Sue of Walland, James and Marilyn of Gallatin, Donny and Sandy of Maryville; three grandchildren, Drew Dunlap, Gallatin; Christine and Jeff Lindsey, Maryville; Roy Clemmer, Maryville; four great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brother-in-law John Williamson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jean is also survived by her two best friends forever, Sue Blanton and Nell Parker of Canton, Georgia. The family wishes to thank Blount Memorial Hospice, LeConte Terrace at Asbury Place, and numerous other health care providers who were so kind during this difficult time.