LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tavner B. Dunlap, 59, of Versailles, KY husband of Susan G. (Culberson Fey) Dunlap, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at his residence. Born Oct. 19, 1953, in Lexington, he was the third of as many children born to the late Tavner Jr. and Anna (Miller) Dunlap. He was a fraternal descendant of one of KY’s first families who settled the commonwealth via Revolutionary War land grant. He was educated in Woodford County through eighth grade and earned Eagle Scout rank at age 14. He graduated high school from The Darlington School in Rome, Ga.; earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a doctorate of juris prudence from the University of Dayton. He began a law career with Lexington-based Bunch & Brock and spent most of his professional years as a solo practitioner in Versailles. He was the inaugural legal adviser to the Pisgah Community Historic Association; a former president of the Pisgah Community Club, and served on the board of directors of the Woodford County branch of the American Red Cross. He was a former Boy Scout troop leader, a past member of the Society of Colonial Wars and former tutor to University of KY student-athletes. Also a farmer, he owned Pastures Farm in the Pisgah Historic District, overseeing for nearly three decades agricultural operations that included cattle, tobacco, corn and soybeans. Mr. Dunlap co-managed Deep Spring Farm, located also in the Pisgah district, base for the Thoroughbred bloodstock and breeding operation he oversaw for many years. He and his father bred multiple stakes-winning horses, including Mi Selecto and Pisgah.
He was a member of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Thoroughbred Club of America; the American, KY and Ohio bar associations, and Pisgah Presbyterian Church. In addition to his wife of nearly five years, he is survived by two children, Jordan Dunlap, Eugene, Ore., and Tavner A. Dunlap, Versailles; three stepdaughters: Jordan Fey, Panama City Beach, Fla., and Jaclyn and Jillian Fey, both of Lexington; a sister, Patricia (Dunlap) Means, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and a niece, Anne (Means) Carlsson, Gilbert, Ariz.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Dunlap.
Visitation will be at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Rd. from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Visitation will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Versailles, where he was a member. Funeral services and burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the church, and the Rev. Pete Jones will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Whitney Dunlap, John Dunlap, Thomas Dunlap, Scott Culberson and Gordon Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Lindsey Cox McHatton, Lisa Collins, Ph.D., Laura Little Zoldak, Mimi Dawson Sauer, Mary Mueller Knight and Donna Rehm Siple.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bluegrass Community Foundation (bgcf.org) or to Pisgah Presbyterian Church.
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