Cleophas Dunlap

June 27, 1936 ~ January 3, 2022 (age 85)


Cleophas Dunlap affectionately known as “Cle”, “Cleo” or “Dunlap” was born on June 27, 1936 in Delhi, Louisiana to Willie Dunlap Jr. and Ollie Mae Taylor. He was the eldest of 10 children. He loved his “Mama Laura & Paw Paw”; his grandparents that raised him while growing up in Delhi, Louisiana. At the age of 18 he relocated to St. Louis, Missouri; for a short period and in 1956 relocated to Los Angeles, California.; to begin establishing his life as a young man. He accepted Christ and was baptized at Second Baptist Church in 1956 where Dr. Rev. J. Raymond Henderson was pastor.

He worked as a courtesy clerk at Raisin Market where a beautiful young lady walked in and the rest is history. He married Atna L. Pettibone on October 20, 1957 where they settled in Compton, California. To this union 4 children were born; Micheal Shane, Kenneth Emil, Pamela Denise and Stephanie Laverne.

He continued his career in the Food Retail Industry and in 1958 the 13-store chain Raisin Market was sold to Alpha Beta where he transferred to their main distribution center in La Habra, California. Cleo worked his way up and became a warehouse foreman supervisor and retired in 1996 after 41 ½ years of service.

During his time at Alpha Beta, he was determined to build a better life for his family. He was no stranger to hard work. Many that knew him closely heard his “$2 a day savings plan” story that blessed him to purchase his first property that began his entrepreneurship in the property management industry. He was very active in his community; regularly attending Compton’s city council meetings & even running for Compton City Council District 3 in 1985 and serving as president for his Neighborhood Watch Club on Whitemarsh Ave.

Cleo had a love for animals, old antique cars, music and traveling and after retiring he particularly fell in love with motorhomes. He and Atna traveled across the country where he was known as “HiPocket” across the CB radio waves. Cleo joined many motorhome clubs - The Outsiders, Van Nuys Travelers & Foretravel where he always enjoyed attending and hosting many campouts and motorcades. Hanging with his fellow club members brought him so much joy. As his travels declined in 2016, he attended City of Refuge every Sunday under the leadership of Bishop Noel Jones. Although he LOVED the music department and never missed a Sunday his passion was being on the road driving his “GrandVilla Unihome”. Determined to drive one last time, he took his last trip to his hometown of Delhi, Louisiana in July 2021 at 85 years old.

Cleo transitioned his life from earth to heaven Monday, January 3, 2022. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Laura & Samuel Oliver (Mama Laura & PawPaw), parents; Willie Dunlap Jr. and Ollie Mae Taylor, brother John Ray, sisters Juanita Davis and Laura Faye and son Micheal Shane.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 64 years Atna Dunlap, 3 children; Kenneth Dunlap, Pamela Hill (Donald) and Stephanie Dunlap. 6 Grandchildren; Taneka, Anthony, Courtney,Christian, Kavon & Kevin.1 Daughter in-Love; Sharon. 5 brothers, Ronnie, Sonny, Charles, Alvin & Derwin; 3 Sisters; Margaret, Scottie & Dorothy; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Cleo will be missed tremendously but his legacy will live on for generations to come.

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Committal Service
February 10, 2022

11:00 AM
Saint John Community Cemetery
Barfield Road
Delhi, LA 71232

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