Joyce Elizabeth Davis Gunter, 71, of Siler City died Friday, September 20, 2019 .
Mrs. Gunter was born March 17, 1948 in Bessemer, Alabama the daughter of Woodrow and Mennie (Medders) Davis and was the seventh of eleven children.
She graduated from Brookwood High School in 1966. After graduation, she moved to Sherman, Texas to attend the Sherman Beauty School. While in Texas she met the love of her life, Joe Gunter. She began her career as a hairdresser, which she did for several years. She also worked at AJ Schneirson's for a few years. While in her thirties, she decided to go back to school to become a nurse. She received her nursing degree from Central Carolina Community College. Joyce retired from nursing after having worked at Randolph Hospital and Chatham Hospital for over 25 years. Mrs. Gunter was a member of Emmaus Baptist Church and a former member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church for 42 years. She taught in the nursery and started the Serendipity puppet ministry at Piney Grove. She worked for three years with Kairos Torch Prison Ministries, where she was a mentor to young girls, at the Juvenile Detention Center in Siler City. Joyce was a former member of the Sassy Hattitudes Red Hat Society. She was gifted with a green thumb and loved to be outdoors working in her vegetable or flower gardens. She had the ability to turn anything into something beautiful and often made crafts for her friends and family. She was an avid fan of Alabama Football and could be heard yelling "Roll Tide" during ballgames. She was most proud to be a "Grammy" and "Grandma" to her six grandchildren. She could be found cheering them on at all their sporting events, always dressed in their team colors.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Woodrow R. Davis, Jr. and Daniel Davis.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joseph C. Gunter; daughter, Miranda G. Moore and husband, Keith of Siler City; son, Heath Davis Gunter and wife, Monica of Franklinville; sisters, Lizzie Phillips of Vance, AL, Kathy Johnson and Rillie Lou Logan both of Cottondale, AL, and Myra Steele of Centreville, AL; brothers, Gene Davis of Coker, AL, Jim Davis of Hardy, AR, Norman Davis and Mark Davis both of Cottondale, AL; sister-in-law, Helen G. Clark of Bear Creek; grandchildren, Hayley Moore Sessoms and husband, Jeremy, Colby Moore, Davis Gunter, Emery Moore, Delaney Gunter and Seth Moore; great-granddaughter, Annie Blake Sessoms. Her best friend, Carol Ann Frazier and husband, Earle. She was also proud to be called "Grammy" by many "adopted" grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Emmaus Baptist Church, 2430 Silk Hope-Gun Springs Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312 with Pastor Steve Moore and Rev. Herbert Lowery officiating. Burial will follow in Piney Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, 2343 Piney Grove Church Road, Siler City, NC 27344. Visitation will follow in the Fellowship Building at Piney Grove.
Memorials may be made to Piney Grove UMC Cemetery Fund, The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation or UNC Hospice.
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.