OBITUARY

Donna Sudduth Gunn

November 29, 1955October 14, 2020

Donna Sudduth Gunn, a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher and friend will forever be remembered with matchless affection. How prodigious a life she lived with unparalleled devotion to God, family, and mankind. A gifted model of how one manifests fruit of the Spirit, she loved big, walked in joy, sought peace, suffered elegantly, was gentle and good, kept faith, remained meek, and prayed for and bore temperance all the days of her life. Donna was born in Carbon Hill, Alabama to the late Cora Mae and Chester Sudduth on November 29, 1955. As a Christian: Donna loved the LORD with all her heart. Honor and praise of Him was the fruit of her lips daily, even in the midst of pain and suffering. As a wife: Don praised her in the gates even as she sought to be a Titus 2 wife and to bless him in every way possible. As she did to him, so he did to her even in her last days as he cared for her every need. Donna loved Don, and he loved her. In celebration of 40 years of marriage, they renewed their wedding vows in 2019. Don and Donna honored one another. She loved his family (brother, Mike; sisters, Althea Clay, Pamela Gunn, and the late Satina Staton) as her very own. As a mother: Meghan and Brandon Royster, J. Michael and April Gunn received amazing love and coaching from their dear mother. God allowed Donna to see far down the road, so that she might offer guidance to her children that would last for a lifetime. Donna loved her children; prayed for them; and was very proud of each of them. As a grandmother: Donna had the first letter of each of her grandbabies’ names on the wall in her bedroom with her favorite pictures of each underneath. Gigi loved Evan, Brooklyn, Madison, and Easton so much! Just the mention of their names brought the biggest smile on her face as she’d remark “those are my babies.” She shared their every milestone with family and friends. She reminded their parents to teach them about Jesus, even as she demonstrated powerful unconditional love to each of them.

As a sibling: Brenda, JoAnn, Janet, Yolanda, and Sherree and their spouses meant the world to Donna. She cared for them with her whole heart. The joy and laughter they shared when together or apart was infectious. She prayed for them, and they for her.

As an aunt, niece, and cousin: Aunt Donna loved her nieces and nephews and hoped the best in life for each of them. Donna looked forward to family reunions, where she could see her many cousins and other relatives. She enjoyed catching up on all the new about them and their families, their joys and sorrows. Donna’s aunts Magnolia Fairley, Carolyn Morgan, and the late Maxine Petty were dear to her. She kept in touch and cared about their health and wellbeing. As a teacher: Mrs. Gunn was a wonderful and gifted educator, who taught for thirty-four years in Montgomery Public Schools. Parents and students at Bear Elementary and Forest Avenue Academic Magnet Schools requested to be in her classes; and when students left, they were very prepared for learning experiences at the next grade level. Even after graduating from high schools, students would often return to offer thanks to Mrs. Gunn, and to keep her posted on their achievements and plans for the future. Mrs. Gunn loved to teach and did it everyday of her life, even outside of the classroom. The way she lived her life was a lesson to be learned for many observers. As a friend: DG had lots of friends because she showed herself friendly. Donna had a great listening ear and cared about outcomes for her family and friends. DG did not rank people; she accepted just anyone who needed an ear and a caring heart. She freely gave of whatever she had to any who she believed needed it. She counted each friend as special and dear to her. Donna is survived by her husband Donald Gunn; her children Meghan (Brandon) Royster and J.Michael (April) Gunn; her grandchildren Evan Royster, Brooklyn Gunn, Madison Royster, and Easton Gunn; her sisters Brenda Smith, JoAnn Miller, Janet Sudduth, Yolanda (Willie) Franks, and Sherree (Theodore) Solomon; her brother-in-law Michael Gunn; her sisters-in-law Althea Clay and Pamela Gunn; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.

Covid-19 social distancing and state mandated face mask guidelines will be followed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Memories

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Deloris D. Carter

October 21, 2020

My sympathies to the family and friends of Mrs. Gunn. Her measure as a teacher of young minds cannot be matched. Nearly 30 years later, she remains my favorite teacher. She did not teach me. She taught my daughter. Her influence on my child was profound and contributed to how she saw herself and her self worth. All done with a firm hand and a smile. May she rest in God’s care.

Marsha G.

October 21, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to Donna's family in the loss of such a sweet spirit. We had great times together when we worked part-time at Gayfers in the old Montgomery Mall. We eventually lost touch after those days at Gayfers but I never forgot sweet Donna.

Dorothy Mallory

October 20, 2020

To a friend indeed, Donna had such a sweet spirit always smiling and showing love to everyone. May the family find comfort in knowing the memories will live on forever in you all heart. Love you all, Dot Mallory

Rosemary Ousley Patton & Joseph Ousley Patton Patton

October 20, 2020

Donald, Meghan, J.Michael, grandchildren and all family members, Please accept our sincere condolences. We were so saddened to learn of your loss. It is obvious by the Guest Book entries that she touched the lives of many , was well-respected and loved by family, friends, peers, co-workers, neighbors, and all who had the pleasure to have known her.
What a wonderful legacy she has left for her children and grandchildren.
Donald, your beloved Donna will forever live in your heart. The journey continues and will be very different for you. One does not get "over it" - one gets "through it" by putting one foot in front of the other - one step at a time.
May you find solace in a life well-lived and the wonderful memories you , your children and grandchildren have. May these memories bring you peace as time passes and you are able to reflect on them until the sadness turns into a smile.
We did not know about the details for the receiving of friends on October 19th and/or the service today, October 20th until too late today.

Our thoughts and Prayers,
Rosemary Ousley Patton
Joseph Ousley Patton

William Jones

October 20, 2020

I remember, as a very young lad, when Donna Sudduth became Donna Gunn. The memory of her nuptials are fresh in my mind because she was the first person I knew of (from our little town) who had a wedding and was married. I remember, still as a young lad, how amazed I was at how pretty she was and how no one had anything but praises to say about her. Although, we never had a conversation, I was always so impressed by her professionalism, and how she and Mr. Gunn weathered the storms of married until God called Donna Home. I pray the family finds a way to replace her physical being , with precious memories that never fade and can never be taken away. Mrs. Donna Sudduth-Gunn, RIP!

Seth Meriwether

October 20, 2020

To the family, I am sorry for this monumental loss of such a pillar within your household.

I was a student in Mrs. Gunn's 4th-grade class. I remember vividly the kind of caring, loving, and nurturing spirit she was. I, like many others I'm sure, can attribute the start of my career to Donna Gunn. If I follow every pathway (the many I have had the opportunity to take) I can trace it all back to one single person, Mrs. Gunn.

Mrs. Gunn submitted my name as a recipient of a scholarship for a summer camp at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2005. I was invited to audition for their upcoming season the following year and the rest is history. I've gone on to do film and television alike and was lucky enough to have Mrs. Gunn attend a premiere of a movie (Trouble with the Curve) I was a part of in 2012.

She saw something in me I might not have ever seen in myself had it not been for her. She was truly one of the best teachers I've ever had. She took a vulnerable, malleable mind and gave it direction. For that, I am forever grateful. She will be missed far and wide by many. I'm so glad to have been fortunate enough to have known her.

Know that her vast legacy lives on in the hearts of the countless people she touched over the years. I hope one day too I can look back on my life and have made a fraction of the impressions on people that she did.

My deepest condolences with love,
Seth Meriwether

Judy Glanzer

October 20, 2020

Don, Meghan, J.Michael and families, The service today for Donna was beautiful. I know she is smiling down on you all and saying thank you for loving her and allowing memories to be shared. May God continue to BLESS you all during this time of grief and into the future. She will be remembered with love by all that were blessed to have their lives touched by Donna and memories will be shared. Love and Blessings to you all!! Judy Glanzer

Norma Tarrance

October 20, 2020

Donna was a special person, and the kind of teacher that you can say was one in a million; her work truly spoke for her. She had a positive, calm aura about her that exuded to others in her presence, students and adults alike. I always felt uplifted after a conversation with her. I was fortunate enough to work with her on a professional level, and she always presented as such. Donna was kind and caring and possessed a helpful spirit, willingly sharing it with her students and coworkers. To the family, my thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time. May you find peace in the knowledge that Donna lives on in the hearts of many.


Mary Williams

October 19, 2020

Mrs. Gunn taught my daughter at Forest Avenue School; an outstanding teacher, loving, kind, caring, and understanding. She taught Bible Lessons to my children at a young age and much was gained; there were fun times too. However, my children are all young adults now but the lessons taught are deeply embedded in their hearts. Mrs. Gunn's creative ways of teaching captured all participants' attention. She was multi-talented and those gifts were spread abroad. She was a dedicated worker and her zeal for God was displayed. Mrs. Gunn exhibited the character traits of Jesus in her Christian endeavor.
We express our deepest sympathy to the family during this period of bereavement of your precious jewel.
"Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32 NIV
Mary Williams & Family

Verniesia Gordon

October 19, 2020

Words cannot express how sad I am about your passing. I am so thankful to have been one of your students at Macedonia. You taught me so much as a little girl. May you forever Rest in Peace.

Love,
Verniesia

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