Frances M. Gunter

Mar 10, 2014

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother

WAYNESVILLE — Frances Massie Gunter, 86, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at MedWest Haywood.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Jonas Boague and Annie Wilson Massie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Ray Gunter, who died in 1996; two grandsons, Andy and Randy Anderson; one great-granddaughter, Holly Williams; and one sister, Nettie Rogers. She was a former employee of Wellco and a volunteer at Haywood Christian Ministries. Frances was a charter member of Grandview Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening and canning. She was a wonderful woman of faith who always put her family first.

She is survived by a daughter, Lois Swecker, of Canton; three sons, Jonas Gunter and his wife, Joyce, of Canton, Jackie Gunter and Johnny Gunter and his wife, Cheryl, all of Waynesville; one sister, Betty Arrington, of Waynesville; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Cagle and husband, Lee, Jonas Gunter and wife, Sandra, Laura Thayer, Pete Messer, Crystal Williams and husband, Darrell, Chastity Gunter, and Laura Gunter and fiancé, Dewayne Jones; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Grandview Baptist Church with the Revs. Jack Roberts and Terry Stockman and pastor Mark Golden officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Branch Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dewayne Jones, Pete Messer, Bill Holbrook, Michael Rogers, Clint Mull, and Doug Branch.  The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. prior to services at the church and at other times at the home of Laura Gunter, 852 Lickstone Road.

Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Grandview Baptist Church General Fund, 1562 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, NC  28786.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.  An on-line memorial register is available at