William E. 'Bill' Hunt, age 88, Joplin, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Landmark Hospital after an illness.
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Bill was born April 19, 1925 in Joplin to the late Elmer Hunt and Alma Cummins Hunt. He graduated from Seneca High School. He and his wife moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where they lived for 42 years. He was co-owner of B&H Food Store. He sold his interest and went to work in the accounting office as a payroll clerk for CITCO Oil Company, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He retired after 29 years of service and moved back to Joplin in 1994.
He loved to sing and was a member of a Barber Shop Quartet in Bartlesville. He volunteered for several organizations that focused on helping the less fortunate. Bill was always telling stories, and was known for turning a simple two minute story into one that lasted fifteen minutes!
When he returned to Joplin, he joined Blendville Christian Church. He was a member and past president of the YCC Sunday School Class. He and his wife also volunteered at the Joplin Little Theater, where they usually worked in the ticket booth.
He married O. Allene Conway on April 29, 1949 in Alba, Missouri. She survives at the home.
Additional survivors include two sisters, Georgia Mae Stark, Westview, Missouri, Josephine Campbell, Joplin; and several other extended family members.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by siblings, Oliver Hunt, Leona York, Alberta Macon, Bonnie June Kennon, Richard Hunt, Shirley Jean Gouge, Bob Hunt and Johnny Hunt.
Services are planned for Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Blendville Christian Church. Virgil Eubanks, minister, will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Craven, Ed Craven, Les Rider, Alan Gouge, Rodney Stark and Jimmy Clemmons. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-7:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Blendville Christian Church, in care of Parker Mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13, 2013