John Hunsucker

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GASTONIA - John Elton Hunsucker Jr., passed away peacefully in his home on September 24, 2018. John was born December 17,1956, in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia and, being a Chapel Hill alumnus, was an avid Tar Heel fan.

John is survived by sister Amy Moore and husband Sam of Cramerton, NC, and sister Ann Halsey and husband Ron of Virginia Beach, VA; nieces and nephew, Samantha Moore and Morgan and Trey Halsey. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Elton and Carleen Hunsucker.

John is also survived by thousands of athletes, students, and colleagues whose lives he positively impacted during his 38 years of teaching.

John began his science teaching career in 1980 at Grier Junior High School and moved to Forestview High School in 1998. During his career he received many accolades and achievements, including Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year, National Board certification, numerous Coach of the Year awards, and multiple community service honors. John was also a longtime cellist with the Western Piedmont Symphony, Gaston String Orchestra, and the Heartstrings Quartet.

Valuing fellowship among family and friends, John will be remembered as an extraordinary gentleman who was grounded in tradition. John was courageous, quick witted and believed nothing was too big to be conquered. He spent countless hours, personal resources, and every ounce of creativity to enhance the lives of everyone. John valued education and the importance of building character. He taught his students and his teams three rules: be a gentleman or lady first, a scholar second, and an athlete last.

An innovator with a creative mind and a vivacious personality, John was many things. He was an inspiring teacher, a dedicated coach, a talented musician, a life-changing mentor, the loudest cheerleader, a supportive colleague, and a man who believed sending flowers was still important. He was our rock.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in the Forestview High School Auditorium. The family will be receiving friends and guests after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forestview High School to establish a scholarship in Coach Hunsucker's name.

Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Hunsucker family.

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McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 865-3451
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Sept. 27, 2018
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