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Mark "Sumner" Gunnells, II

May 5, 1987 - October 1, 2020

AHOSKIE, NC – Mark Sumner Gunnells, II, age 33, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at his home.

Sumner was born on May 5, 1987 to Mark Gunnells and Gloria Howell Robinson in Hertford County, NC. He loved his family dearly, especially his children. Sumner was a self-employed contractor and was a jack of all trades. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed, golfing, bass fishing, football, and basketball. Sumner cherished the peek-a-boo sessions with the baby after bath time. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Reuben Gunnells, and grandmothers, Louise Gunnells, and Sarah E. Howell.

Left to cherish Sumner’s memory is his girlfriend, Jessica Mobley of the home; son, Case Gunnells; daughter, Aliyah Gunnells; father, Mark Gunnells and wife Lisa, mother, Gloria Robinson and husband Dickie, two brothers, Andy Robinson and wife Phyllis, and Jason Whitley and wife Jessica; sister, Paula Sorrentino and husband Vic; step-mother, Connie Pierce; grandfather, Dyerl F. Howell and wife Elsie; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel, Aulander, NC.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 2:00 pm at the Roxobel Kelford Cemetery, Roxobel, NC, with Rev. Steve Farmer officiating.

Due to the unexpected death of Sumner, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for the family to help with unexpected cost by paying to Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Aulander Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Gunnells family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Garrett-Sykes Aulander Chapel

117 South Commerce St.
Aulander, North Carolina 27805

Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm


Roxobel-Kelford Cemetery in Roxobel, North Carolina

Cemetery Road
Roxobel, NC 27872

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