Huntington, WV Black History

Stephen and Loretta Gunn


Dr. Stephen Gunn grew up in Huntington and graduated 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 Future building on 8th Avenue, joining those of co-founders of the small-business incubator and other community members.

Dr. Loretta Jones Gunn grew up in Merigold, Mississippi. She attended Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, where she earned an associate’s degree in science. She earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from David Lipscomb University and earned a dental degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. While her husband served in the military from 1984-87, Loretta worked with the Illinois Migrant Council as a dentist with the Spanish-speaking population. She came to Huntington in 1988 with her husband.

She is a member of the Huntington chapter of the Links, Inc.; has 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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