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J.C. Gunter

  • Birth 10 Jan 1939 Cocke County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 3 Feb 1993 Cosby, Cocke County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Cosby, Cocke County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 8938144


J.C. Gunter was born on January 10, 1939 in Cocke County, Tennessee. He was delivered by a very special midwife Margaret Matilda (Sutton) Webb who was the grandmother of the lady whom would become Mr. Gunter's 2nd Wife. He had the brightest blue eyes you have ever seen and the Gunter family famous crooked pinky.

J.C. Gunter was the 2nd of 11 children & the oldest son of James William Gunter & Velma Estell (McGaha) Gunter.

J.C. attended Edwina School until he reached the 8th grade. Times were hard back then and his family needed him to help at home and the extra income he brought in doing odd jobs for others. Despite not having much schooling he was well read and could do sums in his head almost to the exact penny. He made sure all of his children got an education & graduated high school. When he was old enough he joined the Marines and sent the income home to his parents to use as they needed.

While in the Marines he met & married his first wife & to that union they had one daughter. J.C & 1st wife later divorced and he agreed to leave the daughter in the care of her mother.

In 1959 he went to the local grocery store and he meet a cute 16 year old, brown eyed, dark haired young lady and after talking to her asked for her permission to take her home. She agreed only if she could sit in the back seat by herself and him in the front. *Grin. He met her father and asked him for permission to take her to the movies. Although her father didn't approve because Mr. Gunter had been previously married he agreed. J.C. took that young lady to see a Disney movie. Thus began their courtship. Over the next year J.C. became almost a permanent fixture in her parents household. So much so that her father said he should just marry his daughter so he could get "rid" of the both of them. Which he did. *Laugh

Over the next several years the Gunter's rented homes around Cocke County while Mr. Gunter worked different jobs in the county.

In the 1960's they added to their faimly. Their first addition to the family, a daughter, then 2 sons.

Around 1968-1969 while attending a church service at Garver's Chapel Church in Cosby with his wife, Mr. Gunter accepted the Lord into his life. He later became a Sunday School Teacher then a Preacher. He loved to start his day reading the bible at the table every morning before going to work. A habit that continued his entire lifetime. The Gunter's life changed during this time. They attended regular church services, old fashioned prayer meetings, wakes for the dead, and church homecomings.

Later on J.C. & his wife joined Ogle's Chapel Baptist Church, which is now torn down. There he and several others got enough money up to start another church called Cosby Missionary Baptist Church (The 1st one). A Mrs. Allen gave them land to build a New Church since this one was very small and had no bathrooms or water. The one condition she gave was the church be named for her family (The Allen's) so they named the new Church Allen's Missionary Baptist Church. J.C. was a teacher, preacher and church secretary there for many years. The church split and the members who left started the 2nd Cosby Missionary Baptist Church. He was always sad that this occured but he never held any hardness in his heart over it.

Mr. Gunter opened his home to anyone who asked for help. Many gave their lives to Christ down on their knees in his home after talking with Mr. Gunter about the Lord. One man came to Mr. Gunter's home during the night drunk and hungry. Mr. Gunter told him to leave his beer outside the door and come in. He then fed the guy and took him home afterwards.

He took in one lady's family when her small daughter died of cancer. They were living out of an old car and had no place for her wake and funeral to be held. He arranged for the funeral home to bring the daughter to their house for the wake and then took the remaining kids into his home to care for. He wanted to adopt them but the mother changed her mind and took them back after leaving them in the Gunter's care for a few weeks. It almost broke their hearts to let them go.

The family moved to High Point, North Carolina during the early 70's where Mr. Gunter was employed by Carolina Containers. The family attended services at churches in the community and made new friendships that lasted a lifetime. Mrs. Gunter became homesick for her family after awhile and wanted to move back home to Cosby, Tennessee which Mr. Gunter agreed to do. The family moved to a home located behind the Liberty Baptist Church and lived there for a few years.

During the mid 70's J.C. & his family moved to Lindsey Gap on Cosby where they lived for nearly 16 years. Both J.C. & his brother joined the Tennessee National Guard in Cocke County, Tennessee during this time. He also got a job about the same time working for the National Park Service as a laborer. J.C.'s Aunt Belva joined the family there buying a trailer and moving it close to the Gunter home.

Life was good during this time for the Gunter's. He spent time with his children during his days off and took them to ballgames, school functions, family outings to Cades Cove (his favorite place), and during the winter to the skating rink where he had worked as a young man. He could put a few named skaters to shame with his antics. Laugh.

J.C.'s father James William Gunter suddenly passed away on September 12, 1976 during a trip with his son-in-law to hunt ginseng. His death was extremely hard on J.C. & although J.C. never talked about it much you could tell some of the sparkle had gone out of his eye.

J.C. had a great sense of humor and was the glue that held both Gunter families together. He could often be seen waterfighting with all the kids at the family reunions or helping his mother or one of his siblings with their problems. He constantly helped his wife's parents and their family also. He was truly one of those people who had a big heart. He never met a stranger ever. He talked to anyone anywhere.

J.C. worked for the Great Smoky Mountains Park Service for 15 years & was also in the National Guard Reserves for about the same length of time. A back injury while on duty for the National Guard Reserves resulted in him no longer being able to work a few years prior to his death. During those years he helped his daughter by babysitting her son while she worked. Like many grandparents he spoiled his grandson rotten. He loved to take him to yard sales and to flea markets in the area. He also helped his aging in-laws by taking them to the doctors, many times racing against the clock.

J.C.'s mother-in-law Alice Webb was rushed to his home on Cosby October 3rd, 1990 with chest pains. An ambulance was called but she passed away in his yard before they could reach her. He had saved her life many times before by rushing her to the hospital but this time it just wasn't God's plan for him to do so.

J.C. took his final journey when he went to join both his Heavenly Father & his Earthly Father on Feb. 3, 1993. His remains were taken to Brown Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral home overflowed with people who came to show their love & to pay their final respects. His funeral was held at Garvers Chapel Church where he so long ago met the Lord for the 1st time. He was laid to rest in Tritt Cemetery in the Great Smoky Mountains Park that he loved where his grandfather Henderson "Hence" McGaha was buried.

His family has never gotten over his death to this day. He is sorely missed by his wife & children, his siblings & his wife's family and those many friends whom he made during his life on earth.

Note-*This Bio & Pictures Of J.C. Gunter Are Copyrighted & Intented Only For Use On Find A Grave. If Found On Any Other Online Site I Will Pursue The Matter.
Special Thanks To:
Dennis Deel For Sponsoring My Father's Page
Tom Going For The Cemetery Photos

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