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Born and raised in the Gainesville and Ava area Dallas Cleo Gunter, Sr., son of Cleo Thomas and Louella Mae Clark Gunter, was born March 26, 1944, near Gainesville. He departed this life Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Christian Health Care North, in Lebanon, at the age of 63.
His parents, and a daughter, Lisa Marie Gunter, preceded him in death.
Dallas is survived by his children, Donna Fulcher, and her husband, Mike, of Batesville, Ark., Louella Quackenbush, and her husband, Russ, of Indianapolis, Ind., Tom Gunter and his wife, Tammy, and Darrell Gunter and his wife, Tammy, all of Ava, Dallas Gunter Jr. and his wife, Chastity, of Lebanon, and Wesley Barnum and his wife, Amy, of Joplin; two step-children, Julie Brown, of Lebanon, and Jamie Osborn and his wife, Amy, of Springfield; 30 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Tommy Gunter, of Ava; three sisters, Geraldine Holman, of Ava, Donna Riggs and Carrie Ann Berry, both of Mountain Grove; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
He was born and raised in the Gainesville and Ava area.
Throughout his life he worked as a mechanic and a carpenter. He liked working on old cars and building decks and various other things.
Dallas had made his profession of faith in Christ and was a member of Breeden Free Will Baptist Church, near Ava.
His work was also his hobby and he enjoyed repairing cars and doing woodworking projects. His family was very important to him and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, in the Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Mansfield. Burial was in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday evening, June 27, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home in Mansfield.
Services were under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Homes of Lebanon and Mansfield. Memorials to the Mental Health Foundation may be made through either funeral home.