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H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA

OBITUARY

Thomas William Gunby

May 22, 1944January 4, 2020

Thomas (Tom) William Gunby died suddenly on January 4, 2020. He was born on May 22, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. Tom was born the middle child of his parents, Nell Birdsong Gunby and Harold Blanchard Gunby. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Harold Eugene Gunby.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Susan Sweat Gunby, and his special sister, Jo Anne Gunby Conner. Additional survivors include a number of caring nieces and nephews and his large number of friends. When Tom was growing up, he was given the nickname of "Happy" by several of his family members. He was always regarded as a considerate, loving, caring man who always put others first. Tom was well known for his attention to detail, his incredible technology-related skills, and the ability to repair most everything.

Tom graduated from North Fulton High School in 1962, attended Emory at Oxford, and earned a bachelors degree in business administration with a major in insurance from Georgia State University. He was a highly-respected insurance agent, and the long-time owner of the Gunby Insurance Agency.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Tom W. Gunby Scholarship at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. For those wishing to make a gift in Tom's memory, please make checks payable to Mercer University and send to Mercer University, c/o Office of University Advancement, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207-0001. Please make a note in the subject / memo portion of the check that the gift is in Tom's memory and is for the Tom W. Gunby Scholarship. Gifts can also be made online at mercer.edu/givenow. Please make a note in the memorial/honor box that the gift is in memory of Tom so the gift will be placed in his scholarship.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony honoring this extraordinary man will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 2PM at H. M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The Rite of Committal will follow at Arlington Memorial Park.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Susan Sweat Gunby, and his special sister, Jo Anne Gunby Conner. Additional survivors include a number of caring nieces and nephews and his large number of friends.

Services

  • Friends Are Cordailly Invited To A Visitation With The Family Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Funeral Services Will Be Conducted Thursday, January 9, 2020

Memories

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Patty Dash

January 10, 2020

My dear Susan,
Please accept my deepest condolences and know that my heart has been heavy since I learned of your loss. Unfortunately we left the US the day of the services so we were unable to be there to try to help share your burden. However, know that I will keep you close in my heart and I will be thinking of you in the days and months ahead. Please take care of yourself.
Patty

Peggy Beckett

January 9, 2020

Susan,
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Since nursing school I was aware of the deep love and devotion you shared with Tom.
Nothing can repair your loss but perhaps you can find comfort in knowledge that your love was noted and admired.
Condolences and love,
Peggy Beckett

Gwen Sherwood

January 8, 2020

Susan, sending my love to you in this time. I wish I could be with you to hug you, pray together, and give thanks for the many happy times over 51 years. I pray you are surrounded by those who love you, and you can experience peace and comfort. I hope to see you in February. much love and admiration always for the way you live your life, a testimony always, Gwen Dorminey Sherwood, GBH Class of September 1966

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY