Joseph Frank Gilbert Bunton, 87, of Statesville, passed away Friday, October 5, 2012 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem. He was born March 9, 1925 in Alexander County and was the son of the late Joseph Franklin Bunton and Esma Gilbert Bunton.
Mr. Bunton was a graduate of Hiddenite High School and on May 10, 1947 he married the love of his life Geneva Louise Jolly Bunton, who survives. He was a veteran of WWII and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where he served in the past as a deacon and Sunday School Superintendant and teacher. Joe was retired from Rental Uniform Service and was a former member of Scotts Ruritan Club.
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Neil Bunton, three brothers and five sisters.
Along with his wife, Mr. Bunton is survived by a daughter, Jane Bunton, of Myrtle Beach, SC, a brother, Ralph Bunton, of Statesville, and one grandson Gregg Bunton, of Statesville. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 PM Monday, October 8, 2012 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Robinette officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 until 3:00 PM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 848 Pisgah Church Road, Stony Point, NC 28678.
Online condolences may be made to the family at nicholsonfunerals.com
Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.