- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 24 Sep 2004.
DUNLAP, JOHN BRIAN - age 26, of Knoxville, passed way on Friday, September 24, 2004 after a long and courageous battle with Batten's Disease. Brian was a loving son and brother and had a sweet spirit and special love that truly blessed everyone's life that he came into contact with. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Powell. Brian always understood that this world was his only for a short time and continually looked forward to the day in which he could be loosed from the binds placed upon him by this world and walk freely in Heaven. He loved God with all his heart and was not afraid to tell anyone. He loved to talk about Heaven and was looking forward to the day when he would walk the streets of gold. An avid sports fan, Brian loved his Atlanta Braves, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Los Angeles Lakers. Well into his illness that left him immobile and blind, he still cherished listening to each of these teams' games. His grandmother, Madeline Clabo Dunlap, preceded Brian in death. Brian leaves to cherish his memories and mourn his passing: his grandfather, James Wesley Dunlap, Kodak grandparents John and Wilma Rogers, and Bill and Bobbie Jean Hudgins parents Jim and Susan Courtney, and Robbie and Gina Dunlap, all of Knoxville. He will especially be missed by his devoted and loving siblings: Jay and Angie Courtney, Kristian and Lee Payne, Allyson and Brent Hodson, Bradley and Laura Dunlap, Lindsey Courtney and several nieces and nephews. He will also be sadly missed by all his aunts, uncles and special friends. The family would like to thank everyone who has loved Brian, prayed for him and helped take care of him during his life. Receiving of friends will be on Monday, September 27th from 6:00-8:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Powell with the funeral beginning at 8 PM. Interment will be at Lynnhurst Cemetery on Tuesday, September 28th at 2 p.m. Pallbearers will be: Brent Hodson, Lee Payne, Adam Weaver, Gary Koontz, Dennis Pratt, and Jason Pratt all of Knoxville. In lieu of flowers or gifts the family asks that donations be made in Brian's memory to the Batten's Disease Research Association, 120 Humphries Drives, Suite 2, Reynoldsburg Ohio, 43608. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.