Alex Gunter was born September 12, 1941 in Aiken County, South Carolina to Lattimore and Carrie Gunter. He peacefully entered in to eternal rest on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Southern Maryland Hospital. Alex was the sixth child and the fourth son of six children. He accepted Christ at an early age at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, Wagener, South Carolina.
Alex attended schools in South Carolina, New York and Washington, DC. He graduated from Dunbar Senior High School of Washington, DC, Class of 1960. In 1961, he joined the U.S. Air Force. In 1962, he married Beatrice Lee and from this union Sherri, Alexa and Alex II were born.
In the Air Force Alex served his country providing security for Presidents of the United States, foreign dignitaries, Senators, Cabinet Members and other VIP'S. He traveled around the world twice and visited 84 countries. He really enjoyed traveling. He retired from the Air Force in 1981 after 20 years of service. Alex studied at PGCC where he earned two AA degrees in 1989 in the fields of criminal justice and paralegal. Joining the DC Department of Corrections in 1989, he retired in 1997. As a gentleman of leisure, he loved nurturing his grandchildren, cheering on his beloved Redskins, the wizards, and fishing. Going to the Bahamas for 5 years he became a semi-part time citizen.
He was preceded in death by his only son, Alex Gunter II, three brothers, and a sister. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 49 years, Beatrice (Bea). His two daughters, Sherri Phillips (Craig) and Alexa Gunter (Scott), grandchildren Alex L. and Stephanie P. Gunter; Sister Betty R. Gunter; 6 sisters in law, 2 brothers in law,; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a special niece Dawnlisa Jenkins.
Alex was a loving, generous, caring person who will be missed by all who knew him.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Graveside services will follow at the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Wagener, SC