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Bill Dunlap – May 22, 2018

Bill Dunlap passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018. He was 82 years old.

Memorial Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bill was born to Jewel and O.K. Dunlap on September 4, 1935, in Sugarland, Texas. His family moved to Amarillo and Bill graduated from Amarillo High in 1954. He married the love of his life, Joyce, on August 25th, 1956, and they remained inseparable over the years. There was never a Bill without a Joyce in any sentence, story, or mention of them. Bill started his real estate career in the early 60’s and owned Dunlap Realtors for over 30 years working closely with his brother Buck.

Bill also had a passion for trap shooting. He started shooting at the Amarillo Gun Club in 1956. Joyce soon joined him and became a serious competitor in the mid 60’s, saying, “If I wanted to see him I had to go to the trapshoots. “ They loved traveling to shoots and made many life long friends. In January of 1971, Bill teamed with Larry Gravestock, Gene Sears, Britt Robinson and Jimmy Brown to break a record hitting 997 of 1,000 targets. After many years of competing he and Joyce were both inducted into the Texas State Trapshooters Hall of Fame in July 1998.

Bill had many hobbies over the years. He loved to help others, and could do anything, from making jewelry to his famous fudge that everyone loved to get at Christmas time.

He was preceded in death by two brothers. Kendol Dunlap, who died in August of 1961, and Buck Dunlap, who died in May of 1986.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, of 62 years, his beloved puppy, Bella and numerous nieces, nephews. His soul and humor will live on.

10 Comments

  • Bill Minton Posted May 25, 2018 10:32 am

    The stories Bill told, his shooting ability and his great kindness will be missed. But his humor was really outstanding. I’m honored to be a friend of Bill and Joyce.

  • Robert & Melissa Burn Posted May 25, 2018 10:48 am

    May you rest in peace Bill, it.was an honor and pleasure in knowing you and Joyce! Riding motorcycle and you teaching me the fine art of marksmanship and reloading. You will be dearly missed by all! Joyce, may the Lord bless you and give you peace during these difficult times!
    Robert Burns

  • Annette Shannon Posted May 25, 2018 12:16 pm

    Love and Prayers to this sweet family!

  • Carolyn Hurt Posted May 25, 2018 1:39 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Dunlap family. My uncle is Larry Gravestock and I remember so many trapshooting stories of Bill and Larry. What a wonderful man Bill was. Rest In Peace dear man.

  • Ray & Denise Dunlap Posted May 25, 2018 3:00 pm

    Uncle Bill was very special and close to our heart. His humor and his “accidents” were legendary. He will be remembered and missed. Uncle Bill was more precious to me than I can express. I admired and respected him and always looked up to him. He was the Dad that I never got to know.

  • David Brown Posted May 25, 2018 10:44 pm

    Bill was a lifelong friend. He always treated me and my brother Bob like a Big Brother. I always admired him and Joyce not only for their love and dedication to each other but for being genuinely good and kind. I’ll never forget the support and encouragement he gave me to pursue my motorcycle racing career. I always looked forward to visiting with him when he would come see me at my store. I will remember him as one of my favorite people Rest In Peace my dear friend.

  • Frog and Sandy Scott Posted May 26, 2018 9:37 am

    Bill will be greatly missed. Prayers are with us.

  • Josie Esparza Posted May 26, 2018 1:29 pm

    Joyce, sorry for your loss of your Bill. Reading the obituary reminded me of the ring he made for me and the house he helped us buy & sell. I remember the story of your maroon thunderbird car sliding into the lake. Bill was a great man. I remember you talking about your trap shooting events.. Joyce you were a great role model for me at SWBT. You retired so young because you started at 17 years old I believe. You and Bill were an awesome couple. God bless you.! Josie Esparza.

  • CHRIS STRANGE Posted May 28, 2018 9:37 am

    Peace,Prayers,and Blessings

  • Nickie Jeter Posted May 28, 2018 11:40 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Bill, he brought such fun to the shooting sport. You Joyce were such a great support.
    My Sympathy,
    Nickie Jeter

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