Betty Jewel Spence Gunter

August 22, 1936January 4, 2019
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Betty Jewel Spence Gunter, age 82, of Mobile, Alabama passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019. Betty was born August 22, 1936 in Evergreen, Alabama to Bessie Jewel McGraw Spence and Rev. DC Spence. Growing up in a faith filled home, her spiritual roots run deep. Her heart overflowed with love for everyone. She knew no stranger, truly bound the broken hearted, and comforted those who mourned. She had a gift for finding hidden treasures, pulled pranks & loved a good laugh. She absolutely adored her family, and cherished chasing sunsets with Byrum.

Betty is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Russell Byrum Gunter; son, Keith (Teresa) Gunter; daughter, Karen (Jeff) Herndon; sister, Jean (Thom) Rogers; grandchildren, Edwin (Adrian) Gunter, Collin Gunter, spencer Herndon, Christian Herndon, and Katelyn Herndon; great-granddaughter, Margot Gunter; brother-in-law, Bill (Nancy) Gunter; and sister-in-law, Shirley Patrick.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. DC Spence and Bessie Jewel McGraw Spence; and her brother, Corvin Spence.

A visitation for Betty will be held Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home-Mobile, 3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama 36606. A celebration of life will occur Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Covenant Church of Mobile, 7150 Hitt Rd, Mobile, Alabama 36695. An interment will occur Monday at 11;00 a.m. at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 34904 Alabama Highway 225, Spanish Fort, Alabama 36577.

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  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 11, 2019


  • Order of Service

Betty Jewel Spence Gunter

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John & Dot Sommers

January 10, 2019

Betty was a delightful lady. We always enjoyed our visits with her & Byrum. One particular visit was when they came to Morgantown, WV with Uncle Pat & Aunt Shirley. We had the best time & laughed a lot. I loved hearing her stories. There was no doubt that she loved the Lord her God and she loved her family. We will miss her, but look forward to seeing her again.

David and Maggie Edgerton

January 9, 2019

We always looked forward to seeing Betty and Byrum on our trips to the Coast to visit family.

Getting to see Uncle Pat and Aunt Shirley and the Gunter family was always one of the big highlights of each trip.
Betty was such a joy to be around. We will miss her very much.

David and Maggie Edgerton
Bellingham, Washington

Karyn Kendrick

January 9, 2019

Betty started out as my Mother's friend, but as soon as we met, she became mine. She was one of my favorite people, even though I hadn't seen her in years. Going to her house was always a treat to be looked forward to. Sending my prayers to all the family. I know this is difficult, we hate to lose her here.

Shirley Patrick

January 9, 2019

Betty and I were youth camp friends before her dad came to pastor our church and before she met byrum. She and byrum and pat and I had a lots of great vacations together! Never a dull moment. With the passing of each of our precious family, heaven's sounding sweeter all the time. I bet the sunsets are spectacular there!

Gwen Timmons (Maiden name: Rogers)

January 8, 2019

Betty, such a vibrant and colorful soul. She was always quick to pay a compliment and you never once doubted her sincerity. Betty was a confident, honest, 'what you see is what you get'-lady and I feel blessed to have known her. Love you Betty.