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         Mrs. Sara Adams Gunning of Gastonia, North Carolina was born May 19, 1930 in Gastonia, North Carolina and was called home from labor to rest on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of the late Willie Henry Adams and Nettie Friday Adams.

        Mrs. Sara attended Mission In Action Worship Center in Gastonia, North Carolina where she loved to sing, cook and read the Bible.

Mrs. Sara was a loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother.  She loved people especially babies.  She loved her home church Fancy Hill Baptist Church.  She also loved to make cakes, pies and dresses.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Irene Surratt, Willie Adams, Samuel Adams, Michael Adams and Larry Adams; granddaughter, Sara Wilson; great grandson, Austin Wilson; great great-grandson, Kingston Wilson.

She leaves to cherish loving memories her husband for more than thirty-six years, Noverl Gunnings of the home; her children, Ronnie Adams (Glenda) of Gastonia, NC, Johnny Adams (Sutalia) of Charlotte, NC, Barbara Wilson (Harry), Evelyn Wilson, Cecelia Adams, Lora Darby (Donald) and Belinda Byers (Douglas) all of Gastonia, N.C. and Quinston McCarter of Ashville, NC; sister, Hattie Brooks (J Van) of Dallas, NC;  in-laws, Gerry Stroman (Willie) of Kokomo, IN, Viola Reid (Gene) of Gastonia, NC, Martha Ann Adams of Dallas, NC and Sue Adams of Dallas, NC; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty two great grand and twenty-six great great-grandchildren; very close friends, Tina Davis, Rose Rollins, Donnis and Charlesann Goode; a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

            She leaves to cherish four sets of five generation.


Fancy Hill Baptist Church
105 Fancy Hill Church Road
Dallas, N.C.  28034

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 @ 1:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends for thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(12:30 until 1:00 P.M.)

Gaston Memorial Park
South New Hope Road
Gastonia, N.C.

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  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018
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  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018
    Lora & Family, you have my prayers as you celebrate the life of your dear mother. God saw fit to call her unto Himself, and although that created a sadness in your heart, you have the blessed assurance that she is now and forevermore resting, living, singing and praising direct and face to face in His presence. I love you! Alice Smith (Mrs. Frank Smith)
    ~ Alice Smith   Hamden, CT
  • Thursday, January 04, 2018
    Please accept my sincere regrets for your loss. Death is never an easy thing to have to deal with. I have found comfort in God's word the bible. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more. This scripture is especially comforting since we know this scripture has to be referring to the earth because these things don't exist in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    ~ Lisa L
  • Sunday, January 14, 2018
    I am sorry for your pain, and loss. You can find real comfort in what God has promised, such as in John 5:28,29. He promises that he is going to resurrect all those who have ever died, back to life again here on earth. And all the things that cause us sorrow, pain, and even death, will be gone forever. You can read about this in Revelation 21:3,4, and 1 Corinthians 15:26. To learn more about God's promises, go to
    ~ Mrs. Gant   NC