Tracy Rae Dunlap, age 50 of Forest City, North Carolina, formerly of Boone County, WV passed away Sunday June 12, 2022 at her home with family by her side from complications of an eight month illness.
Tracy Rae was born on December 2, 1971 in Madison, West Virginia to Michael Vernon & Jacqueline Connie Browning Dunlap. Her father Michael V. Dunlap, her first husband Derek Edward Power, Maternal Grandfather & Grandmother Jessie Clifford & Ruth Ermal Ryan Browning, and Paternal Grandfather & Grandmother Edward & Pauline Byus Dunlap preceded her in death.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her Husband, Jeremy Lang, Forest City, NC, Mother Jacqueline Connie Browning Dunlap, Ravenswood, WV, Brother Michael (Mike) Vernon Dunlap ll, Joan McKown Dunlap, Ravenswood, WV, Stepson Rowan Lang, Asheville, NC and a host of family and friends.
Tracy Rae was a 1990 graduate of Poca High School, (The Dots) Poca West Virginia. She was an honor student, honor society, track team, member of the band playing the clarinet and drums and Drum Major her senior year.
After graduating she followed in her Great Aunt Clara Miller’s footsteps (a short hand court reporter) who worked for the Boone County Court System. She attended school at the Reporting Academy in Richmond, Virginia from October 1990 – December 1991. She was the fastest student to ever finish the required courses and type the most words on a shorthand machine in a minute.
Her career began in 1992 and ended in 2022 she worked as a Freelance Reporter statewide in West Virginia, Freelance Reporter Fredericksburg, Virginia, Official Court Reporter West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Circuit Court for Jackson, Roane & Calhoun Counties, West Virginia, District of Columbia, Superior Court, U S Federal District Court Maryland, and was employed at the time of her death for the US Federal District Court North Carolina, Asheville, NC working for the Chief Judge.
Tracy Rae was a Federal Court Reporter and held the professional certifications of Registered Merit Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter, Official-Merit-Real-Time Court Reporter. She loved her work and was a very loyal and dedicated employee.
Tracy was an avid fan of all sports, she loved to read, listen to music, go to concerts, travel, crafting, collecting, and taking care of all her animals on their small farm.
She served as a volunteer for the Veterans National History Project and wrote an article for the DAV magazine about her experience taking down the oral history of veteran’s stories about their service. Transcribed their stories to be placed in the National Archives in Washington DC forevermore.
Her wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held in West Virginia at a later date.