Obituary and funeral service: Fred Jackson Gunter, 95, of Decatur, formerly of Monroe

Fred Jackson Gunter, age 95 of Decatur, formerly of Monroe, passed away on January 5, 2021. A Graveside Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 2940 Gratis Road, Monroe, GA 30656. Rev. Steve Powell will officiate. We are having a parking lot drive up service. You can stay in your car and listen to the service over the PA system or you can call this number 1-415-655-0002 with your phone and enter the access code 1204727831 and listen to the service at home. 

Born in Ormewood Park, Atlanta in 1925, Mr. Gunter was raised in humble circumstances alongside his eight brothers and sisters in Monroe, Georgia. The family carved out a living sharecropping and farming cotton, subsisting on crops and livestock grown and raised by their own hands. 

As a member of a family of deep faith and patriotism, Jack was called upon to run the family farm at the age of 16, when his older brothers were called off to Europe to fight in World War II. Jack would join his brothers in Army service in 1945, arriving at Le Havre, France on September 2, 1945, the day the war ended. 

After serving in the Occupation forces in Germany and rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant, Jack returned home and attended Mercer University on the GI Bill. Upon graduation in 1950, he began his career as a schoolteacher and principal, eventually leaving to pursue a Degree in Divinity at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. 

In 1959, he married Jean Hovis of Atlanta, and their first daughter, Beth Allison, was born in 1962. Their second daughter, Laura Ellen, would be born in 1964. 

Jack worked as a Minister of Music for several churches in the Atlanta area, as well as for the Baptist Home Mission Board. His lifelong love of music, and a clear tenor voice, earned him a leading place in the choir of several churches he attended, including Center Hill Baptist Church of Monroe, and Woodlawn Baptist Church of Decatur. 

For the last 15 years of his life, Jack lived at Clairmont Crest Senior Living on Clairmont Road in Decatur, and attended nearby Clairmont Baptist Church. Always active of body and mind, eternally upbeat with a positive attitude, Jack was beloved of his fellow residents and staff, almost as much as he loved them. He doted on his Grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to photograph or videotape a birthday, graduation or soccer game. 

Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife of 27 years, Jean (Hovis) Gunter in 1986; parents, James Fred & Ruby (Breedlove) Gunter, Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Beth Gunter Dycus of Acworth; daughter & son-in-law, Laura & Grant Schroeder of Atlanta; grandchildren, Zach Dycus of Acworth, Samantha Dycus of Acworth, Gunter Schroeder of 
Atlanta, Sadie Schroeder of Atlanta; sister, Mary Lena Rowland of Lexington; sister & brother-in-law, Runelle & Max Laseter of Monroe; brother & sister-in-law, Fred & Ann Gunter, Jr. of Augusta and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 209 Hammond Drive, Monroe, GA 30655. (770) 267-2594. You may sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com

Reposted courtesy of Tim Stewart Funeral Home.

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