He served in the United States Air Force. Following his military discharge, he went to work for Lockheed and several other factories before becoming a farmer.
He was a Christian and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a father figure to many others.
Survivors include three daughters and one son-in-law: Deborra and Steve Foster, Robin Gunter, and Jennifer Whitson; two sons: Dr. John Gunter, Jr. and his fiancé: Denise Haivas and Mark Gunter and his fiancé, Sherina Garland; and Dalton Ebbs, whom Mr. and Mrs. Gunter raised as their own; nine grandchildren: Stephen Gunter, Sarah Fiddler, Kalen Gunter, Heather Kemp, Brittany Kemp, Doniele Foster, Jonathon Graham, Alyssa Gunter, and Nicholas Whitson; eleven great-grandchildren; five sisters and two brothers-in-law: Josephine Keith, Marjorie and Alton Bradley, Wilma Ricker, Joy and Bill Nunnally, and Linda Sweat; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years: Sandra Anne Moss Gunter in 2017; infant son; one grandson: Tyler Foster; parents: Oakley and Ruby Gunter; one sister: Marlene Coffey; two brothers: Donald Gunter and Claude Junior Gunter.
The family will receive friends from 2 – 6 p.m. on Thursday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Doughty-Stevens Chapel with the Rev. Buford Metcalf officiating. Interment will follow in Philadelphia Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Dr. John P. Gunter, Jr., Mark Gunter, Stephen Gunter, Jonathon Graham, Phillip Gunter, Kalen Gunter, Chris Gunter, Bobby Keith, Anthony Ricker, Terry Bradley, Timmy Bradley, Corey Sweat, Chad Sweat and Todd Sweat.