Suzanne Davis Bunn

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Suzanne Davis Bunn, aged 82, passed away at Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville, North Carolina on July 19, 2016 after a long illness. 

Born on December 8, 1933 in Kinston, North Carolina, to Roland and Blanche Davis of the Moss Hill Community of Lenoir County, Suzanne graduated from Moss Hill School; Meredith College in Raleigh, NC (BA); Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC (MA) with an in emphasis in Middle Grades. Her teaching career included: Webster High School in Webster, NC;  Meadow Lane School, in Goldsboro, NC; John Small School in Washington, NC; and Swain County  Schools, Bryson City, NC where she taught seventh grade Math and Science in Bryson City Elementary School for 25 years -- in the same classroom. 

Having grown up in a family that was active in farming in Lenoir County, Suzanne was an International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) student to Switzerland (1955), during her senior year at Meredith College.  Her trip included stays with four different farm families in rural Switzerland. Her IFYE experience opened many travel and leadership opportunities resulting in a three year term on the Board of the National IFYE Association.

After retirement from the Swain County Public School System in 1988, Suzanne volunteered with the County Court System as a Guardian ad Litem  for neglected children, and with the County and Regional Library Systems, where she served as Chairperson of both the Marianna Black Library, Bryson City and the Fontana Regional Library (Swain, Jackson, and Macon Counties) for better than a decade. 

Following both their retirements, Suzanne and husband Donald traveled extensively throughout the world from 1988 through 2008, visiting in 48 different countries. 

Preceding her in death were her sons William  Alexander Bunn (Bill) and Michael Carr Bunn (Mickey) and her parents Roland and Blanche Davis. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Clarence Donald Bunn of Cypress Glen Retirement Community, Greenville, NC, her brother Roland B. Davis, Jr. (Buddy) and wife Judith of Midlothian, VA, and many nieces and nephews.  

A service to celebrate Suzanne’s life will be held at Bryson City First Baptist Church in Bryson City, NC 28713, on Saturday, July 23, at 1:00 o’clock. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in Swain Memorial Park, Deep Creek Valley, Swain County, NC. Arrangements will be handled by Crisp Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to Cypress Glen Benevolent Fund, 100 Hickory Street, Greenville, NC 27858 or IFYE Association of USA INC. Att. Michael Coates, 4193 Riverview Road, Cedar rapids, Iowa 52411.  

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