Dr. Dave C. Gunter Sr.
Dr. Dave Crosby Gunter, Sr. passed away peacefully on Friday, September 20 at his home in downtown Greenville. He was 94 years young. Dave was born in Gaffney, SC on Nov. 17, 1918. He graduated from Gaffney High School where he played football on a team that won the state championship two consecutive years. He later attended and graduated from Furman University where he also played football. He graduated from the dental school at Northwestern and was President of his dental fraternity his senior year. At the start of WWII
, Dave enlisted in the US Navy
and served aboard the USS Speery submarine tender in Guam.
In 1942, he married Doris Bell and moved to Greenville where he started his own dental practice. He continued to work in the dental field for 43 years, serving as President of the Greenville Dental Society and President of the Piedmont Dental Society. He moved to Georgetown, SC in 1988 with his wife and became a member of All Saints Episcopal in Pawley's Island. After his wife's passing, he returned to Greenville and became actively involved in Christ Church Episcopal. A man of great faith and great humility, Dave was active in Alpha, Cursillo, a Stephen Minister, and a Christ Church usher. He was also a member in Kairos Ministry, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and an active member in "Executive Ministries".
Dave loved his family and friends and was very close to his two children, his four grandchildren, and his seven great grandchildren. He was an avid football and golf fan. He loved spending his free time playing golf and perfecting his game and continued to play until he was 89. Papa always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. He never met a stranger and loved a good joke. His sense of humor and kind spirit were with him until the end. Dave is remembered with love and utmost respect by his family. Surviving are his children, Joan Gunter McCauley; Dave Crosby Gunter, Jr; his grandchildren, William H. McCauley III and his wife, Amy; Joanna Bell McCauley; Amy McCauley Farnsworth and her husband, Stephen; Francie Gunter Panzetta and her husband, Bill; seven great grandchildren, William H. McCauley IV; Miller Kensler McCauley; Mary Elizabeth McCauley; Carter McCloskey Farnsworth; Colin McCauley Farnsworth; William Simms Farnsworth; and Shaun William Panzetta.
The family will be receiving friends from 11 AM-1PM this Sunday at Dave's home at the Virginia Condos located at 10 Manly Street. Funeral services will be held at Christ Church Episcopal on Monday, September 23 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, 10 N. Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601; 864-271-8773, www.ccgsc.org/give-online.php
Arrangements by The Mackey Mortuary