Robert Edward Gauntt Sr.

October 26, 1937October 6, 2019

Robert Edward Gauntt Sr., age 81, of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Sunday October 6, 2019. Robert was born October 26, 1937 in Sarasota, Florida to the late Robert Levi and Ophelia (Johnson) Gauntt.

He is survived by his loving children, Robert Edward Gauntt, Jr. of Salem, OH, Serena Marie Boyce (Franklin Vazquez) of Sarasota, Teresa Lynne Christiansen (Scott) and Kenneth Irvin Gauntt, all of Sarasota, FL; siblings, Terry Gauntt, Nancy Haas, both of Sarasota, FL and Patricia Cowart of Chattanooga, TN; five cherished grandchildren, Christopher Cruse, Dustin Boyce, Jason Gauntt, Erin Cole and Julie Gauntt and 8 great grandchildren. Robert is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathryn Emmalyn Gauntt.

A memorial service for Robert will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave., Sarasota, FL 34232, with Pastor William Hild officiating from First Baptist Church, Sarasota.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 19, 2019


Robert Edward Gauntt Sr.

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Hillary Sampley

October 8, 2019

Robert, known to the family as Buzz or Buzzy, was my mother’s younger brother by 6 years. Mom told me she ran away from home when Buzzy was born, having been an only child until he came along! She ran all the way to the corner of their street, Patterson Dr., to their grandparents house!
My uncle Buzz and Aunt Emmy started a family very early and stayed together until death sadly parted them in their later years. That is an accomplishment that many cannot claim! I have so many loving memories of long summer visits with them and my cousins. Sleep overs, swimming and going to the beach, playing cards, and so much more! A Tennessee cousin’s dream come true. Every summer for 18 years, and I knew we all truly loved each other and still do! It created a lifelong bond that wouldn’t have existed without Uncle Buzz’s part of truly loving all of us. He was a great man!
To Robby, Serena, Teresa, and Kenny, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, and will treasure your parents memories forever!