John Mark Kunst

May 20, 1960 - September 6, 2018
John Mark Kunst

John Kunst, Sr. passed away in his Kure Beach, NC home on September 6, 2018 at the age of 58.

John is survived by his wife Pamela Hankey Kunst ; son Mark Kunst ; daughter Anna Kunst Deschenes and husband Chris ; parents Raymond and Ethel Kunst ; brothers Scott Kunst, and David Kunst ; sister Terrie Lynch and their families ; mother-in-law Jane Hankey ; brother-in-laws Patrick and Chris Hankey and their families.

John was born May 20, 1960 in Allegheny County, PA. He served as Vice President of Finance at the University of Mount Olive. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Finance at Anderson University. John was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan of whatever sport was in season. He also loved to remodel and fix up houses. Most important to John was his love for his family who were always his top priority.

A visitation will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 5 – 6:30 pm at Rodger’s Chapel on the University of Mount Olive Campus, Mount Olive, NC. A funeral service will follow on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Easley, SC with a visitation from 1-2pm with service to begin at 2pm.

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  • September 07, 2018
    Debbie Landreth and Phil Landreth says:
    Dear Pam and family, Phil and I are so sorry for your loss. John was such a nice man and I loved what a Southern gentleman he always was. Phil always said the nicest things about him. You will all be in our prayers. May you find comfort and rest in the wonderful memories you shared. We were blessed to spend time with John and Pam in New Orleans at a national water conference and were lucky enough to have great conversations and culinary experiences as the bonus. Sent with love and hugs.

  • September 07, 2018
    Jeremy Shreve says:
    I owe so much to John. He was a great boss and my biggest professional mentor, but more importantly his friendship over the last 6 years has meant the world to me. They don't come better than John Kunst. I will miss my dear friend, but know he rejoices now in our father's house.

  • September 07, 2018
    Sonia Beadle lit a candle:
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  • September 07, 2018
    John Blackwell says:
    John was a treasure. He was an amazing friend. We ate lunch together most days in the UMO dining room. John loved his family and treated his colleagues with the greatest of respect. I remember helping a UMO employee who was struggling financially. John was one of the first to reach into his pocket and contribute. I am a better human being because of John. He made such a difference in all of our lives. I am honored to hold Pam and her family in prayer.

  • September 08, 2018
    Greg and April Peck says:
    John was very gracious and lovning to those who knew him. Both my husband and I will miss him greatly. We went for a visit two years ago and admist his battle he was a most gracious host along with Pam. Our prayers are with the family at this time but with the grief is a solemn joy that he is with his saviour and one day we will all rejoice with him around that wonderful throne but he just got there a little sooner that the rest of us.