Stephen "Steve" Paris Gunter, 66, went home with his family and friends by his side in New Canton, Virginia, on Monday, December 3, 2012, after fighting a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Gunter; and brother, Michael Gunter.
Steve is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a sailor in the United States Navy. He grew up in Buckingham County, the eldest son of Jack Gunter and Margaret Miller Gunter. He was a 1964 graduate of Buckingham High School, served in the United States Navy for four years as a Seaman Third Class before being honorably discharged, and was employed by the Charlottesville Police Department and the Charlottesville Fire Departments, before owning a painting and remodeling business. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice; his mother, Margaret Gunter; his daughter, Pamela Lloyd and her husband, Shane; two sisters, Linda Hagyari and husband, Larry, of Jefferson, Pennsylvania, and Rosemary Evans and husband, Andy; two stepdaughters, Jan Symons and husband, Brad, of Stephens City, Virginia, and Shena Moore and companion, Rod, of Chesapeake, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Jessie Lloyd, Halle, Joshua, and Josiah Moore, Zachary and Braedon Symons; and several nieces and nephews.
An avid fisherman, he was a longtime member of Buckingham Bassmasters club. His interests included hunting and golfing.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or UVA Hope Cancer Center, 590 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 175, Charlottesville, VA 22911. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Arvon Baptist Church, 28350 North James Madison Highway, New Canton, Virginia. "I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves a permanent imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love." ~Leo Buscaglia
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.