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Earl GUNN

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Family-Placed Death Notice

(continued from previous column) He is survived by his wife, and love of his last 18 years, Toni, and their menagerie of birds and dogs. His bird "Hoodie" will be missing his songs "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain" and spiritual hymns, even though they were repeated. He loved the song "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" so much that he called his mother-in-law for all the verses so he could sing it correctly. Earl's children: Dr. Earl W. Gunn III (Cody), Neal Michael Gunn, Susan McKinney Gunn, Lee Ellis Gunn Armour, Amy Chandler Gunn Bortle, were also a very bright spot in his life. He would often brag on Cody's surgical success in Athens, Michael's superior coaching and tenure at Athens Academy, Susan's niche for her EMT and rescue achievements GUNN, Earl and Amy and Lee's parenting and teaching careers. The girls often visited with the surviving grandchildren Jack and Brooks Bortle and Gracie and Will Armour. Visiting Big Doc will always hold a special and cherished memory for them. Cody's boys Carter Gunn and Chandler Gunn reside in Athens but definitely hold a mutual place in Doc's heart. His dental staff were his weekly second family and it actually aggravated Toni that he talked about them so much on the weekends. He loved them like they were his own daughters and was always concerned about their financial well being. At Earl's office they will continue to welcome patients with the same spirit and professionalism that he would expect. Earl knew the Lord. He really KNEW the Lord. He was private and emotional at the grace and mercy of God. His faith was the core of his being especially since joining Mt. Zion in 1996 after he and Toni married. He would get excited about new revelations he got from his Sunday School class with Ralph Lawson, and was proud of how Ralph, even with his historical and Biblical knowledge would say "Start us off today, Dr. Earl". He prayed every morning and every night. He ended every prayer with "if it be Thy will" and "in the precious name of Jesus". Memorial services will be held Friday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Mulkey officiating. The family will receive friends at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterinary School of Georgia. Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 19, 2013
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