Aljeana "Gene" Bunting, whom we called Daddy was our rock and lifeline. His strength and compassion formed an unbreakable bond which made us cling to him, and rally around him as a loving husband and father. On the morning of August 24, 2022, the sunset of Aljeana "Gene" Bunting, severed our loving bond and replaced it with a much stronger spiritual bond of everlasting love.
Gene was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 26, 1947, a blessed day for his parents, Finetta Enolia Bunting and Isaac D. Goins Jr. He graduated from Atlantic City High School and played on the high school varsity basketball team.
Gene graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College where he majored in Business Administration. He always told us, "You can live without a college education but with it, life is a hell of a lot easier". Gene's career started in the clothing industry where he worked for Hy Mallin's Lamppost, Sir Plus and Casino Male in Atlantic City. He was known for his fashion sense that many referred to him as "Mr. Esquire". His college education and clothing experience enabled him to realize his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Gene opened his first clothing store called Male Ego in Atlantic City. He then opened Bunnies Sportswear and later the Lamppost Men's clothing store. He was known for his fashion, style and highly skilled coordination of men's suits, formal wear, shirts, ties and Stetson hats for a GQ look.
Gene's success as an entrepreneur was how customers valued his kindness and knowledge of the clothing industry. He put together clothing combinations to create the customers desired image. He listened to what customers wanted and delivered in a big way. Today, the clothing industry would call Gene's skill "a great customer experience". He would just say "Your character is everything".
Gene was a contributor to the community at large. As an activist in the 1960's, he belonged to the Direct Action Youth and the NAACP Youth Corp. During his tenure as an entrepreneur, he was an active volunteer at the Plum Computer School where he delivered computer instructions to Atlantic City and Pleasantville youth. He was also a mentor for the Youth Build organization.
Later in Gene's career, he became a group drug and rehabilitation counselor and certified social worker. He worked for the AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and the Institute for Human Development. After 28 years of service, he retired in 2011. During his retirement years, he co-founded Friends of American Engineering and Science, STEM Saturday program servicing Atlantic County youth. Gene was a current resident in the City of Millville.
To Gene "Daddy", family meant everything to him. Because of this quality, he was our biggest supporter in anything we pursued. He was the person who would get us ready for cheerleading and dance competitions by doing our hair in ponytails and ironing our uniforms so we can look our best. He was the person in the audience cheering us on regardless of the outcome. Daddy would take us home and prepared the best homecooked meals. As the primary cook of our family meals, he was especially known for cooking his big breakfast buffet. During mealtimes, he talked about us having perseverance in the face of obstacles and encouraged us to become phenomenal women. We always knew he would be there for us. It brings joy knowing how much Daddy loved us. Daddy was the man that stayed.
Gene was a husband, who loved his wife. He was married to our mother for 55 years. He met Mother at Atlantic City High School when they were in the tenth grade, and they were inseparable. On November 12, 2021, they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. For 55 years, he was the man that stayed with his family, loved and supported us. He was there for our births and watched us grow. He was there for our celebrations as well as lifting us up in not so good times. Daddy was our safety net. Our childhood memories would not exist had he not been there. He was the man who stayed through it all.
Gene was preceded in death by: his parents, Finetta Enolia Bunting and Isaac D. Goins Jr.; sister, Syvealia Mahoney; and two brothers, Lamont Bunting and Tibetha Bunting.
Gene will be sadly missed but never forgotten by: his wife, Dr. Basilyn D. Bunting of Millville, NJ; two daughters, Dana Bunting-Morris of Chesapeake, VA and Jeana Bunting of Millville, NJ; two grandchildren, Victoria Morris and Austin Morris of Chesapeake, VA; one great-granddaughter, Harley Morris of Chesapeake, VA; two sisters, Mariesa Bunting-Bostic of Pleasantville, NJ and Leanda Turner (Bishop Walter), of Missouri, TX; one brother, Robert Bunting of Pleasantville, NJ; one aunt, Margaretta Bunting of Pleasantville, NJ; a special cousin, Blanche Stanford of Mays Landing, NJ; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
The Bunting Family wishes to thank the physicians, nurses and technicians of the Dialysis Center at Millville. Our request is for monetary donations be made to the Inspira Health Foundation (Pulmonary and Cardiac Care) in the name of Gene Bunting.
Funeral services to celebrate Gene's life will be 11AM Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Shiloh Temple Apostolic Cathedral Church, 505 Madison Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where family and friends may view from 9AM to 11AM. Services may also be viewed via live stream at https://youtu.be/HLWdhUAXifI. Entombment to follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Arrangements are entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com