Mark Sumner Gunnells, II

May 5, 1987 - October 1, 2020

05/05/1987 - 10/01/2020

Past Services

Wednesday October 07, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Aulander Chapel
117 South Commerce St.
Aulander, NC 27805
252-345-1818 | Directions
Thursday October 08, 2020
2:00 pm

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

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Beverly and Wanda Blythe
3 years ago

Gloria, Mark & Lisa and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless!

Steve and Shirl
3 years ago

Our sincere condolences. Sumner had a good soul and will be remembered fondly. Prayers for all at this difficult time.

Linda Harrell
3 years ago

Jessica I’m so sorry for your loss

3 years ago

Gloria and Mark, i can’t began to tell you how sorry I am and the pain we all feel. Sumner was a loved nephew and a loving father to Case and Alyiah. He was loved by all especially his cousins which will carry his memories with them forever. I love you sis and having you here with me has been a blessing. I love you

3 years ago

Gloria and Mark: Who ever thought this is where the story ends? I pray this is a new beginning for Sumner in the hands of God! He was a loving dad and gave me the sweetest grandson ever! I am truly sorry for your loss! Please know that you are both in my prayers. May God hold you in the palm of his hand until you meet again…..

3 years ago

Love ya bro. My prayers are with his children and family

Gloria Robinson
3 years ago

Mark our son was the best gift we ever gave to each other, thank you for being the dad you are he loved you so much. We will make it some how…love to you & Lisa

Jami Cutrell
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

vanessa vick
3 years ago

So very sorry for your loss, prayers to all

Linda Solebello
3 years ago

The red hair and the big smiles