June 24, 2014

Avanelle Gravley Gaunce

Avanelle Gravley Gaunce, 82, of Pauline, S.C., died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 21, 1931, in Liberty, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Carey and Lillie Gilstrap Gravley.

Mrs. Gaunce attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., received her bachelor of arts degree from Limestone College, and a master’s degree in elementary education from USC. An avid reader, she taught exceptional children at Whitten Center in Clinton, S.C., and in Union County, S.C. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, enjoyed the Truth Seekers Sunday school class and was a choir member. She was also a member of Retired Teachers of Spartanburg County and Spartanburg County B.E.S.T. Child Evangelism.

Survivors include her children, Deborah Gaunce Huitt, Carol Gaunce Hazel (Rick) and Elaine Gaunce Webb (Larry), and four grandchildren, Karey, Jamie, Justin and Annabelle. She was predeceased by her husband, James Richard Gaunce, and daughter, Belinda Frances Gaunce.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., in Spartanburg, S.C.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church, 3119 Highway 56, in Pauline, S.C., by the Rev. Charles Eaton.

Burial will be in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Honorary escort is the Truth Seekers Sunday school class.

Memorials may be made to Asbury University, 1 Macklem Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390; or Philadelphia Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 220, Pauline, SC 29374.

An online guest register is available at

Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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