CLEVELAND - George Hunter, 69, of Cleveland, joined the church triumphant on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Hospice House, Salisbury.
Rev. Hunter was born March 15, 1944, in Iredell County, the son of the late David and Ethel Hunter, Mooresville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Washington Hunter; and two sisters, Ilean Jackson and Ellen Hunter.
Rev. Hunter was a graduate of Dunbar High School in Mooresville. He earned a B.A. Degree in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, a Master of Divinity Degree from Johnson C, Smith Seminary, a Division of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga. He served in the United States Army
in the Vietnam War
and in Korea.
A member of Salem Presbytery, Rev. Hunter was a former member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, where he was ordained Deacon and Elder. He was called to Christian Ministry in 1976, and ordained by Yadkin Presbytery on July 9, 1981, at Cameron Presbyterian Church, Elmwood. He was active in the life of the Presbytery, faithfully serving on Council, the Site Selection Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, Camps and Conferences, Moderator of the Salem Black Caucus, Spiritual Advisor to the Mwanda, Zambia (West Africa) Mission Group in 1992, Commissioner to Synod and General Assembly.
Rev. Hunter's ministry involved service at Gethsemane Presbyterian Church, Drakes Branch, Va., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Mayesville, S.C., Bethlehem Second Presbyterian Church, Oswego, S.C., Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tenn., Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, Yadkin United Presbyterian Church, Mebane, and 18 years at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Salisbury.
Rev. Hunter also ministered faithfully in the church and the Salisbury/Rowan Community, serving as past president of the Ministerial Alliance and a faithful volunteer of Rowan Helping Ministry Crisis Assistance Program and the Rowan County Crop Walk.
He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife, Catrelia Steele Hunter; stepson John W. Steele (Kristin) of Arlington, Va.; brothers David (Carolyn) Hunter of Mooresville, Willie (Ann) Hunter of Long Branch, N.J., and Jay P. Hunter of Mooresville; and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives.
Visitation and Service: The family will receive visitors and friends at the A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel, Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc., Salisbury, on Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. The Funeral will be held on Thursday at Noon at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Salisbury with the burial at Salisbury National Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church; Rowan Hospice; Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte; or Johnson C. Smith Seminary, ITC, Atlanta, Ga.
Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. of Salisbury is assisting the Hunter family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com