INDIANAPOLIS – Suffragan Bishop Larry J. Hunt, 69, of Indianapolis, stepped into eternal peace at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, with his family at his side.
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He was truly a finer example of humility and compassion in ministry for today's world.
He stepped into time on September 24, 1942, in Hartford City, as the son of Alpha Louise Adkins Hunt and Marvin Hunt, and the eldest of five children. Continuing a Pentecostal legacy that spanned four generations, Larry was baptized in Jesus' name at the age of six. Both his parents precede him in death.
1961 was a great and pivotal year for Larry. He graduated from Harford City High School, where he was a radio broadcaster for WWHC Radio, on November 12, he married a beautiful young lady named Linda Bennett, received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and was called to the ministry. With a formal education, salvation, and a loving companion at his side, Larry was ready to fulfill his purpose in life.
His foundation of ministry was laid and molded by the late Bishop Nobel Pace of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He also continued his education and graduated from Taylor University Upland, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Education, with a concentration in Psychology.
The Hunt family began to grow and Penny was born, and then Kimberly a few years later.
In 1972, Larry and his family moved to Irondale, Ohio, to pastor a small mission. This is where he grew in humility and faithful leadership. His effective ministry caused the mission to double in size in just two years. While in Ohio Larry served under the late District Elder Floyd Johnson of Stubenville and was ordained in the Ohio Valley Council.
For the next 28 years, Suffragan Bishop Hunt served as pastor of the Apostolic Tabernacle Church in Hartford City. He also filled the capacity of Hospital Chaplain and a faithful member of the Ministerial Association. Since 1961, Suffragan Bishop Larry Hunt served the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World and the Apostolic Bible Students Association in multiple significant roles including Youth Chairman, Council Chairman, Apostolic Light Press Editor and Instructor at Aenon Bible College. Larry carried to global view of ministry and traveled from Haiti to Africa, supporting multiple missions and ministries.
In 2002, Suffragan Bishop Larry Hunt and Lady Hunt moved to Indianapolis, to serve as Pastor and First Lady of Grace Apostolic Church. While expanding its ministry, he served with the mayor on multiple initiatives, was an advocate for prostate cancer for WTHR Channel 13, and was a familiar voice of inspiration and comfort on the radio all around the city. He loved to golf and collected Historical Memoribilia, he also enjoyed American History.
He leaves to continue his legacy his loving wife, Linda, of 51 years; daughters, Penny D. Hunt, of Indianapolis, and Kimberly M. (companion, Dustin Schlotter) Hunt, of Hartford City; grandchildren, Trent Fuller, Jared Fuller, Kayla Bell, Jonna Rosh, Julie Fulk, Derek Bonewit, L'trel Schlotter and Savannah Schlotter; great-granchildren, Ariana Smith, Aiden Fulk and Bella Fulk; sister, Karen A. (husband, the Rev. William) Messer, of Kokomo; brothers, John E. (wife, Frances) Hunt, of Hartford City, Michael D. (wife, Donna) Hunt, of Farmland, and Ernest R. Hunt, of Hartford City; several nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Grace Apostolic Church, 649 East 22nd St., Indianapolis. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the church in Indianapolis with Bishop Charles H Ellis III, Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, officiating.
Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at the Apostolic Tabernacle Church, 1318 S Jefferson St., Hartford City. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. in the Aposolic Tabernacle Church in Hartford City. Burial will follow at Hartford City Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St., Hartford City.
Memorials may be made to Hartford City Cemetetry Association, P.O. Box 66, Hartford City, IN 47348 or Blackford County Community Foundation Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348.
Online condolences may be made to www.keplingerfuneralhome.com
Published in Hartford City News Times from July 4 to July 11, 2012