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2014-09-11 / Obituaries


James G. "Jimmy" Gunn, 76, of Thomasville passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at his home. He was born on April 15, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pa.

After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Alabama on a full scholarship and received both his bachelor's and master's degree from there. One of his most fond memories of college was performing in the Million Dollar Band. Through the years he continued to perform with various groups.

He served as principal oboist with the Mobile Symphony and Gulf Coast Symphony and played with the Mobile Pops as well as being an orchestra member of the Mobile Opera and Mobile Ballet. He was the Band Director at Thomasville High School for 19 years where he developed an award winning concert band. He not only taught students music, he taught them lessons on life.

Proud of his Scottish Heritage, he served as President of the Clan Gunn Society of North America, the Scottish Society of Mobile where he served as President for two terms as well as being the Delta Commissioner for Clan Gunn for 20 years.

Attending several Scottish Games through the years, he won the "bonniest knees" contest a few times and had award winning shortbread.

In 2010, he was honored to be the founding conductor of the Flying Bricks Community Band. He took great joy in that and continued as the conductor until 2012.

In 2011, he was named Thomasville's Senior Citizen of the Year. He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Frieda Gunn and sister, Emma Durkin.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mary Niles Gunn of Thomasville; three children, Jay (Vicky) Gunn of Summerdale, Meg (Tim) Raley of Thomasville and Ryan (Teresa) Gunn of Mobile; nine grandchildren, Kelley, Grady and Mary Katherine Gunn of Summerdale, Chandler and Laura Beth Caldwell of Birmingham, Alexis, Taylor and Olivia Gunn of Sweetwater and Zachary Johnson of Birmingham; niece, Darlene Durkin of Philadelphia, Pa.; his constant companions, Chip and Annabelle; very special friends, Pearl and Will Slay, Emma Lanier and the caring members of Trinity Episcopal Church.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Demopolis with a memorial service beginning at 11 with Rev. J. D. Barnes officiating and Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson directing.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

"Patient, gentle, devoted and self-sacrificing with never a thought of himself alone. Fairest among thousands, altogether lovely. His song is ended but the melody lingers on."

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.lathanfuneralhomejackson.com.

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