OBITUARY

Mickey Ray Dunlap

October 24, 1949November 26, 2018
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Mickey Ray Dunlap, 69, of Morristown, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Morristown Hamblen Hospital. He worked at International Paper Company for 44 years before retiring. Preceding him in death was his parents, Elisha and Eva Dunlap. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Janice Bullion Dunlap; son, Patrick Dunlap; brother, Melvyn (Pat) Dunlap; aunt, Helen Toth; sister-in-law, Theresa Croley; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Jerry Barnard, Danny and Gala Minor. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Steve Taylor officiating. Family and friends will meet in the mausoleum in Hamblen Memory Gardens on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. graveside service. The family requests that any visitors come casual. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Morristown Humane Society or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Entombment Thursday, November 29, 2018
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Biography

      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Mickey Ray Dunlap who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Mickey was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Mickey knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Mickey was born on October 24, 1949 at Nabers Clinic in Morristown, TN. His parents were Curley and Eva Dunlap. Mickey was raised in Morristown. Even as a youngster, Mickey learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Mickey was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Mickey was raised with one sibling, his brother Melvyn. Mickey had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Mickey, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Mickey's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Mickey enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. He enjoyed going to church. In his spare time he liked comic books. Mickey's memorable achievements included perfect attendance at school.

      In school, Mickey was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Mickey was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Mickey’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Morristown High School in 1967. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was art. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Breeding.

      Mickey was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Mickey was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Mickey came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Ray Covington and Mike Collake. Later in life, he became friends with Jerry Barnard while still staying close to his childhood friends.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Mickey reveled in the security of his family. One of Mickey’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Mickey was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Mickey would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Mickey was blessed with one son, Patrick Ray.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Mickey was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Mickey was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Mickey upheld his standards. He was employed for 44 years at Union Camp International Paper where he worked in the shipping department. Mickey was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Mickey was an Army veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was in the Army stationed in Germany. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Spec 5. He received several awards recognizing his for his heroism, including a Expert Rifleman.

      Mickey approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were water sports, hunting, fishing, coin collecting. Mickey was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Mickey to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included shooting guns. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and basketball.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Mickey liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Mickey was an active member of the Elks and NRA.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Mickey used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Mickey had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Las Vegas.

      When Mickey’s retirement finally arrived in 2013, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In many ways, Mickey loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Mickey passed away on November 26, 2018 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital from heart failure. He is survived by wife Janice and son Patrick. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home in Morristown. Mickey was laid to rest in Hamblen Memory Gardens.

      All who knew him would agree that Mickey was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Mickey Ray Dunlap did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.