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Donovan Karl Dunsmoor

Gastonia, North Carolina

Jun 6, 1998 – Mar 30, 2021 (Age 22)


June 6, 1998
March 30, 2021
Gastonia, North Carolina


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Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home Obituary

Donovan Karl Dunsmoor 1998-2021 Gastonia - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Donovan Karl Dunsmoor, age 22, at the CaroMont Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, as a result of Covid 19. Donovan was born on the 6th of June, 1998 in Syracuse, New York to Bernice K. Dunsmoor and Roy E. Parkhurst, III. He was a 2016 graduate of Hunter Huss High School. He went on to attend Gaston College and UNCC, where he received both an Electrical Engineering and a Computer Engineering Degree. He was employed with AeroTek, as a Technician, and contracted to work at Campbell's Snacks, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had previously worked at Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Morganton, as a Maintenance Technician I. Donovan had an extremely special relationship with his mom. He was the calm to her storm and could comfort her by just his presence. He treasured spending time with his family playing countless hours of crazy outside games, bon fires, card games and traveling. He loved gaming on the computer where he had many friends that he made memories with and shared unforgettable moments. Donovan also enjoyed spending time growing closer and strengthening his relationship with his girlfriend, Sarah Manka. Donovan is predeceased in death by his maternal grandparents, Bryant and Leona Dunsmoor, his paternal grandfather Roy E. Parkhurst, II and his cousin Justin Smith. He is survived by his mother Bernice Robinson and step-dad Alan Robinson, his father Roy E. Parkhurst, III, his grandmother Sharon Moore, his sister Alisha, his brother Wyatt, his aunts and uncles Vera and Geoff, Betty, Leona and Dennis, Heidi and Mike, Emily, Missy and Ron, and Debbie and Dave, and all of his cousins. Donovan was so loved and will be so missed by our old YC family, our RCS family and our New York family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent on behalf of Donovan K. Dunsmoor, to any United States Veterans Organization. Arrangements have been entrusted to Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2916 Union Road Gastonia, North Carolina. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. with a celebration of life service to follow at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel at Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home Funeral Home on Saturday, April 10, 2021. There will also be burial services in Oswego, New York, at a later date. The Celebration of Life service will be live streamed for those who wish to attend virtually. Please visit our website and click the "Live Stream" tab to view the live event on our Vimeo page. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, if you feel the need to stay home; a card or phone call to the family will be appreciated. Condolences may be made to

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Deepest condolences to all family and friends of Donovan. May the wonderful memories be forever in your hearts. And to my friend Bernice, I think of you everyday since hearing this heartbreaking news. Much love and many hugs .

We are all so very sorry for your lose. Donovan was a great man and will be missed by all of us at RCS both professionally and personally.

No words or thoughts can express the tragic loss of Donovan and what he meant to you Bernice and Alan. Just remember that he was loved and will be missed by many people and his legacy will live on forever. We know the Lord is looking over him and you, and you will be reunited again someday! Heidi and Mike Pinkasiewicz

I am so sorry about Donovan he was such a sweet guy and a good son. I know your pain but I believe that we will see our sons again. I love you guys and you are always in my thoughts and prayers

It's been a long long time, I am so sorry for your loss.
Keeping your family in my thoughts & prayers.


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I interviewed Donovan at Continental and immediately saw what a good, strong and smart man he was. He was an hard worker and a great person, we enjoyed him greatly and everyone that worked around him felt the same. So very sorry for your loss. We look forward to that eternal hope of seeing Donovan again someday.

You will always be remembered,love you.

Bernice and Family, I and so sorry for your huge loss. My deepest condolences to you all. Praying for strength for you all.