A busy, but well spent life came to close Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, when the Lord sent an angel to the residence at 631 Mimosa, Helena-West Helena, to bring his child Lillie Dunlap to her heavenly home. Her spirit left the cares of this mundane world and immediately arrived in glory to forever be in the presence of the Lord.
Her final home going celebration will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the PLMD District Center at Helena Crossing.
Visitation will be noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 in the Stephens Funeral Home chapel
Sister Lillie Dunlap was born July 1, 1943, the second oldest daughter of Lawrence Sr. and Essie "Reed" Richardson at Modoc. Lillie found perfect peace and entered into eternal rest on Jan. 16, 2013.
Lillie professed her faith in Christ as her Lord and personal Savior at an early age at the St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Bernard's Crossing. Lillie received her primary and secondary education from the Elaine Industrial School and graduated from the C.V. White High School in Lake View, AR. She furthered her education at the Helena Hospital School of Nursing for LPNs. It was there she received her degree as a licensed practical nurse.
Because of Lillie's ambition and her love for people, she expressed a desire to increase her medical knowledge in the field of nursing. She enrolled at Phillips County Community College School of Nursing where she received her degree to practice as a registered nurse Lillie also was licensed as a legal nurse consultant. Lillie's determination to continue her service to people prompted her to enroll at Phillips County School of Cosmetology to receive her degree as a professional hair care technician.
During Lillie's employment at the Helena Regional Medical Center she accepted additional job responsibilities that included: nurse manager, medical surgery/rehabilitation and active supervisor to the staff. She also served as a supervisor, at Lee County COOP Clinic in Lake View and as a home private nurse caretaker, for Baptist Health.
Lillie expressed a love for her children, church, family and friends and on countless occasions was selected as the guest speaker in churches for the youth and young adults throughout Elaine, and surrounding communities. She had a "Heart of Gold" never met a stranger and had a special liking for people. Many times she sacrificed her own need for the needs of her children, grandchildren and friends. She had a passion for cooking.
On July 1, 1962, Lillie married Charles Benjamin Dunlap and they became the proud parents of four daughters and two sons. Lillie was an outstanding mother, who had an endless love for her children. She was an exceptional grandmother who spent many hours caring for her grandchildren.
After the closing of the St. Peter M.B. Church, Lillie immediately joined the Devine Deliverance Church there she remained a faithful member until God called her home to eternal rest.
Page 2 of 2 - Her daughter, Beverly Dunlap-Caldwell, parents Lawrence Sr. and Essie Richardson, sisters Verlee Richardson-Young and Bobbie Richardson, preceded Lillie in death.
Her memory is cherished by, her Husband, Charles Dunlap; five children, Wardell Dunlap Sr. of Lake View, Sharon (Benjamin) Mukera of West Helena, Walter (Connie) Dunlap of Memphis, Sandra Dunlap and Kawanna Dunlap of Helena-West Helena; 3 godchildren, Bobbie Moody, Mark Price, and Rev. Kidd Campbell, all of Helena-West Helena; a son-in-law, Roger Caldwell of Dallas; grandchildren, Teresa (Darrius) Young, Lora Harper, Marquita Hudson, Walter Dunlap Jr., Latasha Barnes, Sheniqua Caldwell, LaShondra Taylor, Anfernee Dunlap, MyEssia Taylor, Niya Guy, Christopher Caldwell, London Vance, Wardell Dunlap Jr., Alicia Tucker, Michael Brown II, Jazmyn Chapman, Solomon Dunlap, and Justin Caldwell.