Goldie Warren Dunlap, age 82, of Tahlequah, Okla., went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 8, 2016, in Tahlequah. Born in Ray City, Ga., on July 28, 1933, Goldie lived all of her childhood in Georgia, graduating from Ray City High School in 1950.
She met Richard (Harold) Dunlap while he was stationed at Moody Air Force Base in 1951, when she worked at the "5 and Dime" in Adel, Ga. They had a long-distance relationship as Richard was stationed many places until Goldie moved to Dallas, Texas, to live with her sister and to work at Texas Instruments. Richard proposed in a love letter and the two were married at Hyde Park in Muskogee, Okla., on Nov. 3, 1956. The newlyweds moved to Madill, Okla., while Richard was stationed in Ardmore. Their son, Mickey , was born in Madill and they moved to Fort Campbell, Ky., where their daughter, Vickie, was born three years later. In 1963, they moved to Lakeland, Ga., where Richard was deployed to Vietnam. The couple had their third child, Patricia, in 1965, and the family moved to Sequin, Texas, and eventually to Ipswich, England, where Richard was stationed at Bentwaters Air Force Base. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1972, Richard retired from the Air Force in Altus, Okla., and moved the family to his hometown of Tahlequah.
Goldie was a life-long homemaker, loving mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. In her early years, she loved to sew, making numerous costumes for school plays and Halloweens. She enjoyed watching her children play baseball, basketball and track. She loved reading to and taking care of her grandchildren, cooking fried chicken and making southern traditions like ham and grits, and she loved her southern sweet tea. Goldie had a wonderful sense of humor and her family was most important to her.
Goldie was the eighth of 12 children born to Mattie Selph and Willie D. Warren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and five brothers.
She is survived by Richard, her husband of 59 years; a son, Mickey of Tahlequah; and two daughters, Vickie (Bill) Elliott of Tahlequah, and Patricia Buck of Moore. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Austin Buck of Oklahoma City, Candace (Brandon) Morris of Midwest City, Briann Buck of Moore, and Adrianna Elliott of Tahlequah; and two great-grandchildren, Talon and Liam Morris of Midwest City. Goldie was loved and treasured by a host of other family and friends.
A celebration of Goldie's life will be shared with family and friends at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Green Country Funeral Home in Tahlequah, Okla., with Matthew Lawrence leading the celebration. Pallbearers will include Austin Buck, Brandon Morris, Leon Johnson, Jr., Wes Zollars, Duane Dunlap and David Dunlap. Honorary pallbearers will be the Tahlequah Fire Department and the Retired Firefighters of Tahlequah. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Interment will follow in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.
Published on May 9, 2016