Suzanne Stanford Gunter

March 21, 1941 ~ May 30, 2018

Born in: Nashville, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Suzanne Stanford Gunter, Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Suzanne was born on March 21, 1941 to NJ and Nina Stanford in Nashville, TN. She grew up in Spring Hill, TN, and graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1959. She received her BS from Harding College in 1963 and her Masters from the University of Tennessee in 1964. She met her future husband, Charles ?Chig" Gunter, at the Christian Student Center at UT. Suzanne taught at Freed Hardeman College for one year and was the chairman of the department of home economics. She married Chig in June 1965. She licensed daycare centers in Knox County with the Department of Human Services from 1965-1966, and then they moved to Johnson City, TN, which has been home ever since. Suzanne taught at University School for 5 years. She was an active member of the Central Church of Christ. For approximately 30 years, she has taught children?s pre-school Bible classes and participated in other ladies? projects. Throughout the years, Suzanne has enjoyed gardening, crafts, and sewing projects. She has sewn countless items from diaper shirts for children in Nicaragua to dog clothes to a beautiful wedding dress for her daughter. She has always been a good cook. Early on, her cherry pies won 4-H awards, and in later years, her homemade pizza was always a treat her family looked forward to. She enjoyed travels with family, especially a special 50th Wedding Anniversary trip to the West Coast. Among her favorites were trips to beaches where she collected a ton of shells throughout the years and created projects with them to share with others. She passed on a love for looking for treasures in the sand to her grandsons who treasured their chances to walk on the beach with ?Meme". Suzanne is survived by: her wonderful husband of fifty-two years, Charles ?Chig" Raymond Gunter; one son, David Gunter; one daughter, Ramonda Gunter Scott and her husband Chad, who became another son; three grandsons, Graham, Campbell, and Everett Scott; one sister, Nina Hausmann; and nieces and nephews, Jim Hausmann, Nina Massey, and Emily Hill. A celebration of Suzanne?s life will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at Central Church of Christ, 2722 East Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, with minister Tim Hall officiating. The service will begin at 4:00, with the visitation prior to the service from 2:00 - 4:00. Suzanne requested that memorial contributions be made to the Nina and NJ Scholarship Fund at Freed Hardeman University (158 East Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340) or Agape (4555 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-4513).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Chig and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. We know of Suzanne’s ‘Victory in JESUS’ but it is so hard to say goodbye. Her obitutary was so beautiful and testified of her life well-lived and I remember so fondly our youth and her yummy pies in 4-H and then our time at the student center, You two have been a great team to GOD’s glory. He is the GOD of all comfort and will be very close to you and we want you to know of our love and admiration and deepest sympathy, Jim and Myra

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chig: You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. We lost a beautiful lady whom I considered a very special friend. I will miss her sweet smile and kind ways. Knowing that she is not suffering any longer makes it easier to bear. May God bless you, David and the rest of the family. Love in Christ Jan

  3. Anonymous says:

    My sincere condolences to friends and family for your loss. This hope really comforts me and I pray it can help you too: Jesus said, “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”(John 5:28-29) The thought of holding those we love in our arms again can help us cope during this very difficult time. We are so sorry again, Suzanne will be missed greatly. You can get more comforting thoughts at

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ramonda & Family: So sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers for your family.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ramonda, Chad, and Boys, You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious mother and grandmother. She was so proud of you and I can see a bit of her in each one of you boys. You will be in my prayers during this difficult time.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ramonda, Chad, Graham, Campbell, Everett and entire Gunter family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of your precious mother and grandmother, sister Suzanne. May God Bless you all at this time. In Love, Randy and Angelia Hysmith

  7. Anonymous says:

    Suzanne and I were friends since 1969. I will never forget walking into the nursery at Central (old bldg.) and seeing Suzanne sitting in a rocker holding a baby (David). She will be sorely missed-my sincere sympathy and love to all her family. Glenda

  8. Anonymous says:

    Suzanne and I were housemates the year she taught at Freed-Hardeman. She was a great cook; she always got the green beans just right! We have stayed in touch over the years and I always enjoyed her letters at Christmas. I will miss those letters….and talking with her. Praying that God bless her family; she loved you all so much.

  9. Anonymous says:

    We got to know you and Suzanne for the first time at the “over 50s dinner”. You and her walked in with us and Suzanne said with that beautiful smile, ” my name is Suzanne and, well, everyone just calls him Chig. She made us part of the family right from the start. We will miss her. Chig, you, David and your family are in our prayers. We look forward to seeing Suzanne again when God is ready. With Christian Love, Alvin and Faye

  10. Anonymous says:

    We were saddened to learn of Suzanne’s illness and passing and keep all the Gunter family in our prayers. We will miss her, but we give thanks for her life of service and her friendship. — Ken & Judy Moffett

  11. Anonymous says:

    A very fine lady who allowed me to work for her at UHS for 4 years. God bless the family.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Chig, David, Ramonda and Family, My condolences in the passing of your wonderful wife and mother. I was saddened to learn of your loss. I have good memories of Suzanne and her smile, compassion and humorous way of telling a story. I remember her being at the house when my mother was on chemo in the 1970s, even doing some housecleaning and keeping Mom company. Mom thought a lot of Suzanne and your entire family. I am so sorry for your pain at this time. You are in my prayers to our faithful Savior. The obituary is a beautifully written tribute to Suzanne and how God gifted her to bless so many.

  13. Anonymous says:

    How sad I am today in hearing that Suzanne has left us. She was a very kind hearted gentle woman. I will always treasure my memories of spending time with her family back many years ago when I patrolled her neighborhood and would ride David and Ramonda in the back seat of my patrol car up and down their street. I am sorry we lost touch over the years, but the Gunter’s were an important part of my life because of the kindness and generosity of Suzanne. Rest in Peace. You are in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Ramonda and Chad and family. Everyone at the clinic wants you to know that we are saddened by your loss. I don’t think we ever have enough time with our loved ones, but yours has been cut short. Prayers are going up for your family during this difficult time.

  15. Anonymous says:

    We were sad to hear about Suzanne?s illness and passing. I remember how lovely a person she was when I had Ramonda and David at Liberty Bell. She gave me a recipe book that I still have today and always think of the family every time I use it. I know she loved her family with all her heart. Our love and prayers to all of you.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I am so very sorry to learn of Mrs. Hunters passing. I was a student of hers at University School where her patience was always evident. I knew how to see but she taught me patience in the process which lead to better results. I remember she adopted a child and was so thrilled. Soon later she was pregnant! I was only junior high level at that time but it was easy to see how much she loved her husband and children. She left a lasting impression. God speed, Mrs. Gunter.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am so very sorry to learn of Mrs. Hunters passing. I was a student of hers at University School where her patience was always evident. I knew how to sew but she taught me patience in the process which lead to better results. I remember she adopted a child and was so thrilled. Soon later she was pregnant! I was only junior high level at that time but it was easy to see how much she loved her husband and children. She left a lasting impression. God speed, Mrs. Gunter.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sharing your sorrow in the loss of one so dear to me

  19. Anonymous says:

    Suzanne was such a lovely lady and I know she will be deeply missed. Thoughts are with you.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I’ve known Suzanne and the Stanford family all my life through church and Columbia, Tn (almost 70 years). Suzanne was a model child and model Christian. Please accept my sympathy.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Suzanne was a very special friend, and a woman of many talents. I remember the sewing, the shell crafts, the example She had a great sense of humor and her very thoughtful messages were given in person with a warm smile or in a card with a note in her beautiful handwriting. I’ll miss her very much. Mary Sheridan

  22. Anonymous says:

    Chig and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Suzanne surely had a full life and has left some wonderful memories with each of you. My sincere condolences. Ingrid

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