John McNeely Dunlap, Jr. ’48

John McNeely Dunlap, Jr., 92, passed away Friday, September 30, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels. Born in Charlotte, he was the son of the late John McNeely Dunlap and Emily Mason Dunlap.

He served in the Army during World War II from 1943-1945. At the end of his enlistment, he attended Davidson College and then UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his master’s degree in English Literature.

After retiring from North Carolina National Bank, he enjoyed hiking in the mountains. A lifelong avid reader, John was quite the history buff. He made others laugh with his one-liners and wry observations.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife of 16 years, Nancy Ledbetter Dunlap; brother Mason Morris Dunlap; and his granddaughter, Holly Clark.

He is survived by his daughters, Louise Grose and husband Neal of Harmony, NC and Nancy Clark and husband Ed of Greensboro, NC; son, John Lewis “Jack”Dunlap of Charlotte, NC; grandsons, Josh Clark of Key West, FL, David Grose and John Joseph “J.J.” Grose both of Harmony, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC with Chaplain George Bridges of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Abernethy Laurels in Newton on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 3 p.m.with the Rev. Susan Roddy officiating.

Memorials may be made to InReach, Inc., 4530 Park Road Ste. 300, Charlotte, NC 28209.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC for their true friendship and care of John over many years.

Condolences may be made to the Dunlap family at

Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is honored to serve the Dunlap family.

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