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A home going celebration will begin with visitation at 10:00am and services immediately following at 11:00am Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Greater Mt Zion Church of God in Christ.
Gerald “Buddy" Dunnavant passed away suddenly at his residence in Sharon on January 6, 2017 after a brief illness. He was 67.
He was born December 28, 1949, in Greenville, the son of Donald and Jeraldine (Culp) Dunnavant. After completing his education and starting his family in Boston, MA, he returned to the Shenango Valley to be closer to his parents in 1985.  After many years of being a car salesman and eventually a sales manager, Gerald resumed his studies and became licensed as a stock broker.  He worked for First Union, Merrill Lynch, and Everest Securities before his retirement in 2004.
He was a member of Greater Mt Zion Church of God in Christ. Much of his time was spent caring for his parents until their passing, as well as spoiling his grandkids with gifts designed to drive their parents crazy. He was a loving son, father, grandfather, friend, and always regarded his cousins as siblings.  He will truly be missed.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Nichole Lewis, his son-in-law Preston Lewis, and grandchildren Eden and Preston - all of Charlotte, N.C.; his cousins Marcia Nazario, Kim Pinkins, Kelley Culp, Dawn Culp, Sterling Culp, David Culp, and Ricky Culp; his aunt Laverne “Bunny” Porter; his uncles Bishop Dr. Robert A. (Maggie) Culp and Bernard “Pete” (Linda) Culp; and many other dear relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Jeraldine Dunnavant and his sister, Donna Ann Dunnavant.
His home going celebration will begin with visitation at 10:00am

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  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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  • Thursday, January 12, 2017
    My condolences to Gerry's children and grandchildren. I went to Greenville High School with Gerry (as we called him) and in fact, corresponded with him during his first year in college. He was such a sweet and smart young man. I don't remember how I got to know him (he was a class ahead) but we spent a lot of time talking and writing notes. Looking back now, it must have been hard for him to be one of the few black students in a predominantly white school. I know little of his experiences with others, but I enjoyed his friendship those few years. Wish I had known him longer and better. But oh, how the words of the obituary capture the young, ambitious, and genial teen I knew.
    ~ Boni (Robinson) Hamilton   Centennial, CO