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David M. McCune, Sr.

April 22, 1954 - October 2, 2022


David McCune, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, at his home in St. Marys, Georgia.

David McCune Sr. is survived by his son, David McCune Jr., daughter Sarah Valentine and her husband, Matthew Valentine, two grandchildren Jonah Valentine and Brooke Valentine, his brother Robert McCune and Robert’s wife, Karen McCune, nephews Patrick McCune and Phillip McCune and his former wife, Sonya Bruffey.

David McCune Sr. was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In his 68 years, David was a beloved father, grandfather known as “Papa,” son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew and friend. He was a sculptor, author, businessman, actor, model and entrepreneur. David McCune left his mark on this world and in the hearts of thousands through his art, his hard work, his wit, his philanthropy, and his love for family, friends and community. He was truly a modern-day Renaissance Man always creating and a visionary.

As a young child, David was always inventing or building some kind of new gadget. In his teenage years, he launched high-altitude rockets with mice in the flight capsules. Later, he built pollution control devices for the internal combustion engine. At 19, he started McCune Technology with an idea for a rear louver for his Datsun 240-Z and a $35 dollar investment. Today, McCune’s artwork is displayed in homes, businesses and public spaces around the world.

McCune served on many boards and committees for decades always giving back to communities all over the country. After running his business for 44 years, McCune Technology was sold in 2015 and McCune retired. In retirement, McCune continued to create artwork, act, model, travel, and most important to him enjoy time with family and friends.

Less than a month ago, on Sept. 11, the town of Sunset Beach on the North Carolina coast unveiled a monument that McCune made in memory of the terror attacks of September 2001. His legacy and love will continue on through his family, friends, artwork and the many communities that he made a positive impact in. David McCune lived life to the fullest and made this world a better place. He loved Jesus and His light shined through David.

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Matthew 25:23

A funeral service is Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW, Sunset Beach 28468.

Donations may be sent to charities near and dear to David’s heart: Riverside Ranch www.riversideranch.org 221 Clark Pond Road, Clayton, NC 27527 or St. Mary’s Little Theatre, 104 Bartlett St., St. Marys, GA 31558 or Coastal Camden Art League, 2006 Osborne Road, St. Marys, GA 31558

Condolences may be sent to 502 Cardinal Cir E, St. Marys, GA 31558. 

Flowers for the service may be sent to Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468.

Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.

David M. McCune Sr., Obituary