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James Edward Hunt

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Hunt, Bishop James E. POUGHKEEPSIE Bishop James Edward Hunt was born on July 29, 1923 to the late Willie Mae Williams in Bibb County, Ga. He departed this life on Wednes-day, July 20, 2011, at home with his wife, Leatrice, by his side. Bishop Hunt was adopted into the beloved family of the late Thomas Hunt and Mary Ann Nelson Hunt of Bibb County, Ga. He was one of 18 children. Pastor Hunt was educated in the Bibb County School District and resided in the area until 1940. He was the senior pastor of Beth-El Church of God in Christ, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In May 1940, he moved to Albany, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1944. While under the tutelage of Bishop W.M. Wilborn, he met and married Leatrice Ernestine Ray of Coeymans, N.Y., on February 24, 1946. To this union, they were blessed with seven children. Bishop Hunt was a visionary whose long years of dedicated service to his flock and humanity reached way beyond community boundaries touching people from every walk of life. Throughout his journey, he maintained high morals and ethical standards. Many miracles were performed through this Man of God. Through the laying on of hands, the sick recovered and faith was renewed. In addition to his beautiful and devoted wife, Leatrice, Bishop Hunt is survived by seven children, three of them ordained ministers. They include James Hunt, Las Vegas, (Patricia); Jeanette Carol Hunt, Poughkeepsie; Charles Hunt, Glendale, Ariz., (Winnie); Gregory Hunt, Chesapeake, Va.; Pastor Verdele M. Rudolph, Chester, N.Y., (Bishop Donald L. Rudolph Jr.; Rev. John Hunt, Mitchellville, Md. (Sondra); and Pastor Dwight Hunt, Poughkeepsie; a foster daughter, Regina Lee, Charlotte, N.C.; 25 grandchildren, 22 great-grand-children; a special niece, Mary Ann Garrett; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving church family at Beth-El, amongst them faithful pastor's aide leader, Mother Betty James and Senior Deacon John Frank White and many friends. Bishop Hunt was predeceased by a foster daughter, Elizabeth Sellers; seven sisters, Louise Hunt Bound, Emily Hunt Shivers, Doris Hunt Moss, Verdele Hunt Newby, Malinda Hunt Garrett, Mary Hunt Conklin and Valaria Hunt Owens; two brothers, Norman Hunt and King Hunt; also a loving and faithful church mother, Betty Frye. He will lie in state on Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 3-6 p.m. at Beth-El Church of God in Christ at 91 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The memorial service will be held from 6-9 p.m. On Friday, July 29, 2011 viewing will be held from 10-11 a.m. The 'Home Going Celebration Service' will begin at 11 a.m. at Faith Assembly Church, 254 Spackenkill Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. All memorial donations can be made to, Beth-El COGIC, Lydia's Fund, P.O. Box 2355, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.
Published in Albany Times Union on July 27, 2011
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