James Hunter

JACKSONVILLE - James Ford Hunter, 76, of Jacksonville, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Onslow Memorial Hospital after a five year battle with Crohn's disease. He is now without pain and with our Heavenly Father.

James was born in Duplin County, Aug. 26, 1936, and was the son of Bertha and Wyatt Hunter. He graduated from Chinquapin High School in 1954, and attended N.C. State College. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1961, and served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, Deacon, Elder, Church auditor, youth group leader, going with teenagers to Camp Kirkwood for weekend retreats, and various other committees.

He had been a member of the Jacksonville Jaycee and Rejays. Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Charter Member of the Jacksonville/Onslow Home Builders Association and served as the first secretary/treasurer. He was in the residential and commercial building business for 40 years in Jacksonville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Hunter; and his beloved English Bulldog, Slugger Babe.

He is survived by his wife Shelby of 56 years; son, Tim Hunter; daughter, Stephanie H. Carver, Grant, son-in-law. Five grandchildren, Theron Hunter, Erika Monteiro and husband, Sean, Dawn Gurganus, Amber Gulley and husband Bubba, and Michael Gallaway; and three great-grandchildren, Sklyar Monteiro, Hayden and Allie Gulley. Also survived by brothers, K.R. and Wellon; and sister, Glenda Norris.

James loved ballroom dancing and movie dates with Shelby. He had a passion for golf and fishing which he shared with his son Tim, son-in-law, Grant, and grandson Theron. Vacations at the beach were enjoyed together by the family. Walks on the beach were very special with his daughter.

Special thank you to his caregivers, Thelma Shepard for many years and Doris Shepard.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6th at the First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Carolina Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundatation, 1100 S. Mint Street, Suite 204, Charlotte, NC 28203, Carolinas@ccfa.org, the First Presbyterian Church or to a .

Condolences may be left for the family at jonesfh.org.

Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Apr. 4 to Apr. 7, 2013