Reflections of T-Ray’s Life
“All of my good days outweigh my bad days, therefore I won’t complain” …
T-Ray peacefully transitioned as he was surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken, S.C. Through it all, he never once complained and realized that God always knows best and maintained nothing less than a strong faith in the Lord to see him through.
T-Ray’s parents, the late David, and Naomi Wells Gunter were graced with his birth on December 18, 1964- he was the baby of his family. He accepted Christ into his life and was a member of the Antioch Bibleway Church at an early age. He was a 1983 graduate of Wagener Salley High. He furthered his studies and earned a degree in Automotive Mechanics (his passion) from Aiken Technical College. He was employed by Polk Tire/Goodyear in Aiken, SC where he diligently worked for several years. T-Ray was very compassionate about his career as a mechanic and made sure that all his work was nothing less than the best for all of his customers.
T-Ray was blessed to be a musician (pianist) which afforded him the opportunity to venture out from his home church and minister at other churches; just to name a few where he served for long periods are Antioch and Smyrna Baptist Churches- Smyrna being the longest (over 20 years. He had a passion for being a musician and was nothing more than dedicated when called upon.
T-Ray was a very quiet, humble, god-fearing man. Even as he dealt with his health issues, he still pressed on and was always willing to lend a helping hand to everyone. He touched the lives of so many people who loved him and stood by his side.
T-Ray was predeceased by his oldest sister, Doris G. Staley, who loved her “baby brother “as she affectionately called him, so much. He leaves to cherish such precious memories, his loving, outstanding, and devoted brother Arelius (Kathleen) Gunter., his sweet, loving and devoted sister, Verlinda R. Gunter and a brother in law, James Staley. He also has a host of nieces and nephews, however, the apples of his eye that he created so many beautiful memories with are Dr. Dawann, Manay, Lonzette, and Kessler Gunter all of which loved him to infinity as he loved them. As well, a very special cousin (1st), Mr. Lone C. Gunter. He also leaves a very special bond that will be forever cherished by Ms. Joslyn Rena Gunter, with whom he shared 18 years of his life, as well as her family who he cared so much for, as well as they cared for him (Bernard, Brenda, and Renard Johnson and Veronica J (Antonio) Williams and their children who spent time praying with and for him when visiting. Also, fond memories will be cherished by his best lifetime friends who stood just as close as his brother, Mr. Brian Adams and Mr. Steve Landy. In addition, so many other neighborhood friends that were dear to him throughout his life.
T-Ray’s life that he lived has spoken to him. At approximately 3:20 AM, on Thursday morning, February 13, 2020, God called him from labor to reward and told him to sit down weary servant and rest a little while. Because the Lord has always been his Shepard, he’s been given everything that he needed, and now rests safely in the arms of Jesus Christ. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!
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