NEWPORT NEWS - On Jan. 1, 2013 William (Bill) Winslow Hunter, Jr. passed from this world to a better place after suffering from heart disease. He leaves behind a grieving family whom he served as their life's anchor. He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Lynn Askew, and Leigh Garrett; sons-in-law, George Askew and Mark Garrett; daughter-in-law, Linda Hunter; grandchildren, Blake Askew, Brittany Burnette, Hunter Garrett, Will Garrett, Erin Hunter, Ian Hunter, Corey Hunter; brother, Robert Hunter; and sister-in-law, Janet Hunter. Bill was born in South Norfolk, Va. on March 26, 1930. He was predeceased by his parents, Nettie Earl Hunter and William Winslow Hunter; his wife of 51 years, Jessie Lee Hunter; and son, William (Win) Winslow Hunter, III. He was a 1948 graduate of South Norfolk High School and initially continued his education at the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, where he was the first recipient of the G. Guy Via Scholarship Award and he also received the Niels Christiansen Craftsmanship Award. Bill continued his education receiving advanced degrees from Old Dominion University, William and Mary, University of Virginia, and ending with his doctorate in Physics from Virginia Tech. Bill retired from NASA in Jan. 1999. He served 37 years of dedicated and effective Federal Service at Langley Research Center. Bill found fun and excitement in wind tunnel testing, traveling to meet and learn from other physicists, and research. His principal passion was his family; however, he also enjoyed tennis, running, sports cars, reading, and movies. After his wife's death in 2003, he filled a void in his life by tutoring math and expressing the value of education to students at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach. Bill was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Yorktown. The Reverend Clara Gestwick will conduct a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, located at 300 Ella Taylor Rd., Yorktown, Va. The family would like to express great appreciation to Bill's caregivers of three years who cared for him with compassion as if he were their family member. Also, Riverside ER doctor, Dr. Lawson and RN, Amy, who showed us compassion, spoke assuring words, and helped us through his passing. Bill will be missed by many. Love you dad. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Luke's Good Samaritan Fund, 300 Ella Taylor Rd., Yorktown, VA, 23692.
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Published in Daily Press on January 3, 2013