The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 4, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, May 4, 2013



Alva Ann Cline Gunter

On Wednesday, the 1st day of May, 2013, after a long and full life of 101 years, three months and three days, our most cherished, Alva Cline Gunter of Joseph Street, Beckley, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital.  

Known affectionately as “Granny” in the later years of her life, Alva was born on Jan. 28th, 1912, at Davy. One of seven children, Alva’s parents were the late Jasper C. and Sallie Musick Cline. Her husband, Herbert Clayton Gunter, her daughter, Donna Lynn Gunter Francisco, her sisters, Naoma Green and Theda Collins and brothers, Carmel, Aubrey, Wardy and Ray have preceded her in death.

A retired school teacher, having taught for 40 years in Wyoming and Raleigh counties, she finished her teaching career in 1972, while teaching at Crab Orchard.

Alva was a graduate of Mullens High School and Concord College. She was an active member of the Hollywood Missionary Baptist Church of MacArthur for over 50 years, where she taught the Ladies Bible Class for more than 40 years.

An active and independent woman to the end, Alva was blessed with a keen mind until the day of her passing.

She is survived by her grandson, Brian Francisco and his wife, Sherri; son-in-law, David Francisco and his wife, Jenny; a great granddaughter, Meggin Harmon; a great great grandson, Zayne Khristain Flannery; 11 nieces and nephews survive; as well as her faithful caregivers, Dana Bailey and Robin Acord.

On Sunday, May 5th, at 5 p.m. we will celebrate the life of Alva with a “Home Going Service” at the Hollywood Missionary Baptist Church. Rick Martin and Tommy Wallace will be officiating.   Alva will be laid to rest in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery beside Herbert. And now… “Oh Glad Reunion.”  The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the service hour at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Hollywood Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Luray Street, MacArthur WV 25873.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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