|Birth: ||Dec. 2, 1922|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 2002|
North Carolina, USA
Booker T. Gunn
Booker T. Gunn, 79, of 500 JEB Stuart Road, Martinsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Born Dec. 2, 1922, in Tuskegee, Ala., he graduated from Tuskegee High School and attended Tuskegee Institute.
After school, Gunn made a career of the military, serving in World War II, the Korean Conflict and two terms in Vietnam. In 1973 he retired with the rank of chief warrant after 30 years in the Navy and Army.
After a stint as an automotive mechanic at a Buick dealership in Annapolis, Md., and attending the GM Institute of Automotive Management, Gunn accepted a Buick dealership in Martinsville in 1981. He owned and operated Gunn Buick for 12 years, and became involved in a number of local organizations.
Gunn was a past president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the board of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, had served on the board of the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Patrick Henry Community College Education Foundation and on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Martinsville and Henry County.
He had served as the Roanoke Chapter Commander of the Military Order of World Wars and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Men's Roundtable Club and Bethel United Way of the Cross Church in Danville where he was a deacon.
In addition to his parents, Johnny Gunn and Anna Perry Gunn, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Pinkney Gunn; a brother, Henry Hoover Gunn, and two sisters, Anna Nurse and Annie Mae Johnson.
Surviving are five sons, Booker T. Gunn Jr. and John R. Gunn, both of Martinsville; Alexander Gunn of Baltimore, Md.; Robert Gunn of Edison, N.J.; and Michael Gunn of Baltimore; one daughter, Diane Nero of Upper Marlboro, Md.; three sisters, Flora Thomas Griggs of Alexander City, Ala.; Johnnie Russell of Oakland, Calif.; and Willadean Williams of Tuskegee; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Way of the Cross Church, Mt. Cross Road, Danville, with Apostle Joseph H. Adams officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
The family is receiving friends at the home on JEB Stuart Road and will be at the church one hour before the service Saturday.
Hairston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Pinkney Gunn (1924 - 2002)*
Note: CW4 US ARMY; WORLD WAR II; KOREA; VIETNAM
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 68, Site: 1623
Created by: ViaEstate
Record added: Aug 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55847955
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