First Lady Gunter was married to Pastor Lewis Gunter. They resided in Columbia, South Carolina. She was a native of Florence County, South Carolina and was the third of six children of the late Deacon John Pearson and Mrs. Pearl Singletary Pearson and a step-mother, Queen Pearson.
She was a graduate of Gibbs High School in Pamplico, South Carolina. First Lady Gunter was a graduate of Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina with a B.A. degree. She has done other studies at other colleges and universities.
First Lady Gunter obtained her early Christian growth at Nettie’s Temple First Born Church in Lake City, South Carolina, where she served as Youth Bible Teacher, Choir Member, Usher and faithful Sunday School Member. After marrying to Pastor Lewis Gunter, she joined the Hall Hill Baptist Church in Pelion, South Carolina. There she served as a deaconess and choir member.
First Lady Gunter was an active member of Gunter’s Chapel Baptist Church where she served to the utmost in many capacities. She was First Lady, President of the Gospel Choir, President of the Public Relations Committee, Founder and President of the Empowered Women of Service Outreach Ministry, Adult Bible Class Teacher, Member of the Intercessory Prayer Group, Counselor, Founder and Chairperson of Joy Explosion Women’s Conference, Founder and Director of Empowerment Through Education Program.
First Lady Gunter was a retired public school teacher of 37 years. She was a sixth grade teacher at Geiger Elementary School in the Fairfield County School System. She was awarded teacher of the year, President of SCEA Teacher’s Association. Recipient of the PIC award though United Way and Volunteer with Sister Care
First Lady Gunter was involved in many community organizations. She has done numerous volunteer services and workshops throughout the state. She organized an Empowerment Through Education Program which served an After School Program, Tutorial Program, and a SuperSummer Program and served on the Citizen Advisory Council at Burton Pack Elementary School. She was honored with the key to the city, a plaque from the house of senate and house of representative for outstanding service.
First Lady Gunter was a devoted and dedicated wife. Her life was centered on God, her husband of fifty-five (55) years, her home, her grand children, great grand children and her church. First Lady Gunter, truly loved the Lord. Her calling was, “To Serve This Present Age; and To Fulfill the Master’s Will.”
Her favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Her favorite saying, “To God Be The Glory!”