Graveside Funeral services for Joseph Freddie Gunnells, Jr. 96, of Olar, SC will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, November 18, 2021 at George’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 22400 Ehrhardt Road, Olar, SC 29843 with the Reverends Ted Still and Timmy Gunnells officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service on Thursday. The service will be live-streamed on our Official Folk Funeral Home-Live Stream Facebook page. The family has asked that memorials be made to George’s Creek Baptist Church, 40 Dixie Ave. Bamberg, SC 29003. Mr. Freddie was reunited with his loving wife of 74 ½ years on Monday, November 15, 2021. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Emma Brown for her love and care and to the Nurses and staff of Remain at Home for all they have done for Mr. Gunnells.
Born on August 31, 1925, in Barnwell County, SC, he was the oldest child of seven children born to the late John Freddie Gunnells and Annie Mae Fail Gunnells. He was a graduate of Hilda High School Class of 1942. Mr. Freddie was a member of George’s Creek Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, church treasurer and numerous other capacities. In 1982, he retired from E. I. DuPont as a Reactor Operator. He loved being outdoors where he enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting. He also loved to farm and garden and share his harvest with his family and friends. Mr. Freddie never met a stranger; he loved to talk to any and every one.
Survivors include his children, Jane (Heyward) Gunnells of Bamberg, Annette (Gerald) Moore of Snelling and John Gunnells of Olar; his grandchildren, Jill (John) Taylor, Jan (Franklin) McCormack and Whitley (David) Ivashchenko; great grandchildren, Jane Anne McCormack and Aaron Ivashchenko; his brothers Leighton (Sue) Gunnells of Barnwell, and Olin (Betty) Gunnells of Olar.
In addition to his wife, Bobbie, he was preceded in death by his sisters Helen Gunnells Miller and Margaret Gunnells Still and brothers Roosevelt Gunnells and Francis Gunnells.
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