Kessler Laron Gunter (Joe) was born April 24, 1972. On April 4, 2022, Kessler’s family surrounded him with love and prayer as they said goodbye. He became a member of Bibleway Church Wagener at a young age. Early in life he discovered a natural talent for cutting hair. After graduating from Wagener-Salley High School in 1990, he went on to attend Denmark Technical College. He perfected his skills and graduated as a Master Barber in 1992. During his time in Gunter’s barbershop, there was always laughter and fun. Many look back and remember him as the one who gave them their first haircut.
He was loving and lived life with an open-heart willing to help others. He loved animals, especially dogs. Kessler was a devoted, loyal friend and created friendships that lasted a lifetime. His most treasured friendship began the day he was born. He would never say mama but called her “My Mama”. They were inseparable in life. Together, they laughed, shared special moments, cared for each other, and leaned on each other through situations good and bad. He loved her with all his heart.
Memories of Kessler will be treasured by his parents: Jerome and Kathleen Gunter; Four sons. Emmanuel Gunter, Balum Gunter, Camron Gunter(Victoria), and Keylan Gunter; one brother A. Dawan Gunter(Misha), Raleigh, North Carolina; three sisters Manay Gunter, Raleigh, North Carolina. Lonzette Gunter, Rock Hill, South Carolina; and Grenda Abney, Rock Hill, South Carolina; His long time brother and friend Vandell Perkins(Amanda), Beach Island, South Carolina; Two grandchildren; Great Aunts, Dollie D. Merchant, Aiken, South Carolina, and Verlinda Gunter, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Uncles Wade Friday(Janice), Salley, South Carolina, and Francis Williams(Vernell), Aiken, South Carolina; a longtime friend Elton Williams(Jap),and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.