Adrienne M. Dunning

Published 4:27 pm Friday, July 9, 2021

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GREENVILLE – Adrienne Marilyn Dunning, 43, formerly of Aulander, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 5, 2021 at the Vidant Medical Center of Greenville, NC.

Adrienne was born on January 16, 1978 to Ronald and Marilyn Vick Dunning in Hertford County, NC. She was a member of Millennium Pentecostal Holiness Church and attended Greenville First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Greenville where she lived. She was a 1996 graduate of Bertie High School.

She later graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and recently received a Masters of Arts degree from ECU. Adrienne worked as the Business Services Coordinator for the College of Education in the Dean’s Office. She was an avid ECU Pirate fan. Adrienne lit up a room with her infectious smile and contagious laughter. She had a giving heart and a joyful spirit for making others happy. She enjoyed traveling, getting together with family and friends, cooking, and golfing. Her greatest joy and passion in life was writing and being an author. Adrienne was loved by many and showed her love for others in all that she did. She will be deeply missed by all but will forever carry on in the hearts of everyone she touched throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, the Rev. Wiley Daniel Vick; paternal grandfather, Grover Dunning; paternal grandmother, Goldie Dunning; uncles, Bill Dunning, Lawrence Dunning, Carl Dunning, James Dunning, Samuel Vick, and Phillip Vick; and aunts, Becky DeCoste, Ercel Pierce, and Nancy Acree.

Left to cherish Adrienne’s memory is her parents, Ronald and Marilyn Dunning; her sister, Angela Dunning Boyd and husband Jonathan of Greenville; maternal grandmother, Lillie Parker Vick of Falkland; three maternal aunts, Annette Mayo and husband Charles of Falkland, Janie Dail and husband Andy of Tarboro, and Michelle Vick of Jamesville; paternal uncle, Richard Dunning and wife Dianna of Middleton, ID; along with many beloved cousins.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC and other times at the home of Adrienne’s parents in Aulander.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 4 p.m. at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, with the Rev. Michael Bartlette and the Rev. Taylor Latham officiating. Burial will follow at Aulander Cemetery, Aulander, NC.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Theatre of Dare/Scholarship Fund, PO Box 3372, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948, or Pamlico Writers Group C/O Sherri Hollister, 224 S. 6th Street, Aurora, NC 27806 or online by visiting fund, type- Adrienne Dunning.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Dunning family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting