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John Gum Obituary

John H. Gum DDS

John Hunter Gum D.D.S., died on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at his residence near Churchville.

He was born in Augusta County on February 15, 1928, the son of the late Berlin Franklin and Goldie Baker Gum. A graduate of North River High School he served in the United States Navy during World War II, graduated from the University of Virginia in 1951 with a B. S. in Education, served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as 1st Lieutenant, and graduated from the Medical College School of Dentistry with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in June 1959.

A life member of Delta Sigma Delta, Dr. Gum practiced dentistry in Churchville from 1959 until 1986 and served on the Augusta County School Board for eight years. He was the recipient of the World War II Cross of Military Service and the Korean Cross of Military Service awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy on the record of his great- grandfather, Adam Franklin Gum. Dr. Gum was a past member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution by descent from Isaac Gum, his great-great-great-great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Nancy Carpenter Lynn and two sons, John Hunter Gum Jr. at home and Edward Lynn Gum and wife, Joan, of Waynesboro; a stepgrandson, Jody R. Collins and wife, Misty; and step great-grandchildren, Jojo, Jacob, Hunter, Ashley and Robbie; and two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Fultz and Lucille Gay Bartley, both of Churchville. His brother, Berlin Franklin Gum Jr., preceded him in death. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Eddie M. Lynn and wife, Patricia. A service will be held at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012, with burial at St. Paul's Cemetery near Weyers Cave. The Reverend James Harris and the Reverend Brad McMullen will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Dayton American Legion Post # 27. The family will receive friends at their residence. The family would like to express their special thanks and deep appreciation to Dr. Peter Puzio and Ms. Roz Harry, RN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Shenandoah, 64 Sports Medicine Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939. Online condolences may be made to the family at


This obituary was originally published in the News Virginian.
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Published online on 10/30/2012 courtesy of News Virginian.