Huntington, WV Black History

Stephen and Loretta Gunn


Stephen Gunn grew up in Huntington, attending and graduating from St. Joseph Central Catholic High School. He attended Fisk University in Nashville for two years, came back to Huntington and spent one year at Marshall University before returning to Nashville. He graduated from Meharry Medical College’s School of Dentistry and did his residency practicing hospital dentistry in Nashville. He came back to Huntington and started working in his father’s office before enlisting in the Navy where he spent four years. After leaving the Navy, he returned to Huntington and is practicing with his wife, Dr. Loretta Gunn, in the office his father, Dr. Robert Gunn built in 1958.

His image can be found on the Unlimited Futures building on 8th avenue, joining those of founders of the program and other community members.

Loretta Jones Gunn grew up in Merigold, Miss. She attended a junior college, Southwestern Christian College, in Terrell, Texas, where she earned an associate’s degree in science. She attended David Lipscomb University in Nashville, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in biology before continuing to Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry where she earned her DDS. While her husband served in the military (1984 -1987), she worked with the Illinois Migrant Council as a dentist with the Spanish speaking population. She came to Huntington in 1988 with her husband.

Loretta has provided excellent dental services to community members. She has served the children in the community by helping them to improve their lives through community projects. She has scheduled and conducted dental screenings through the community, schools and churches.

She is a member of The Huntington Chapter of the Links, Inc., served on the health subcommittee of United Way of the River Cities, has been a board member of Ebenezer Medical Outreach and served on the board of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department. She was a committee member at Huntington High School and a member and leader of the Huntington High Band Parent Boosters while her sons were in high school.

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