Larry E. Hunter
1949 - 2018
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THE PLAINS - Coach Larry E. Hunter, 68, of Cary, North Carolina, died Friday, May 4, 2018.
A native of The Plains, Larry is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mary Kay Hunter, and beloved furbabies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. and Mildred Meek Hunter, and is survived by his sister, Donna Jean (Darrell) Brown; twin brother, Garry E. (Rebecca) Hunter; two nephews, Dennis Brown and Shawn Hunter; a niece, Debra Brown Riggs; a great niece and nephew, Stephanie Eldridge and Jason Riggs; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his extended family of 47 years of basketball student athletes, team members and associates.
Coach Hunter was born in Athens on Aug. 8, 1949, and grew up in The Plains. He graduated from The Plains High School and Ohio University. His 47 year collegiate career included assistant and associate head coaching positions at Marietta College and North Carolina State University, and head coaching positions at Wittenberg University, Ohio University and Western Carolina University, from where he stepped down in March of this year.
Some of the highlights of his career including a Division III National Championship in 1977 and numerous Regular Season and Conference Championships at Wittenberg University; a 1994 Mid-American Conference Season and Conference Championship on a team led by the "Shaq of the MAC", Gary Trent; and Preseason NIT Tournament Championship the following year at Ohio University. He was named Coach of the Year twice at Wittenberg, once at Ohio, and National Coach of the Year in 1977. His players have earned numerous Conference and All-American honors under his tutelage. He was inducted into the Wittenberg Hall of Honor in 1996 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. In the last year, he became one of only 40 NCAA Men's Basketball Coaches all time to reach 700 career victories. He was the 8th winningest active coach in Division I in 2018.
His greatest source of pride was not the wins and losses, honors bestowed, or championships won. It was the love and passion for teaching life skills on the court that would give young men the tools necessary to become the best adults they possibly could be. He did this through his own example of relentless hard work and never quit attitude. As Larry would always say, "Keep Chopping Wood", which he did until the day he died. He placed great emphasis on the "Student" in Student Athlete. All but one player he recruited and completed eligibility, graduated.
A memorial service will be held at The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 N. Plains Road, The Plains, on Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the West Union Street Cemetery, Athens. Family and Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. All are welcome. Local arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens.
Flowers are welcome; those wishing to honor Coach Hunter are asked to make a donation to Wittenberg University Basketball, North Carolina State University Wolfpack Club, or South of the Bully Rescue (SOTB), southofthebully@gmail.com.
Please share a memory, a note of condolence, or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.



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Published in The Athens Messenger from May 12 to May 14, 2018.
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May 21, 2018
Sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Hunter! He made a huge impression on our son Josh Coffman, when he attended the camps held at Ohio University. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers! Chris and Paula Coffman
Paula Coffman
May 19, 2018
This great coach left us way too early!! I had the pleasure of helping Larry at Wittenberg as varsity and jayvee announcer and official scorer for the Tiger's basketball games and helping with Tiger basketball camp. I also traveled to many of the away games and national championships to witness and support this great coach and his multitude of accomplishments! Ohio and North Carolina are much better basketball teaching states thanks to the wisdom, motivation, and outstanding character of Coach Hunter! As a Wittenberg Alum, I can attest he will truly be missed by players and fans alike as we all "Tiger-Up" and stay strong in his honor! Coach Dave
Dave Owen
May 18, 2018
Because of you Coach Hunter I am at Capital University!! Mentor, friend and tremendous man! RIP.
Dixie Jeffers
Friend
May 18, 2018
To Mary, and the Hunter Family sorry to hear of your loss. Your Family are in our prayers. I had a lot of fun with Larry over the years, either at camp or during basketball season. He always treated me with utmost respect and I loved his competitive spirit. Coach Randy Lincicome, Grove City,Ohio.
Randy and Joyce Lincicome
May 17, 2018
It was good to have known Larry as a classmate for twelve years, and as a lifelong friend. He was always positive, always a hard worker, and a fierce competitor in any sport. I have memories of Larry that I cherish, and will never forget. My condolences to the entire family. He will be missed by many. God Bless
Gary Mckibben
Classmate
May 16, 2018
My condolences to Mary and the family. Coach was a class act, fierce competitor and as loyal as they come. I am saddened by his passing but thankful for the life he lived and the lives he influenced.
Tom Stephens
OU, '92
(basketball manager)
May 14, 2018
Our deepest condolences to Mary and the entire Hunter family. Larry's untimely passing is a huge loss to everyone who knew him. I watched Larry play basketball in high school. What he lacked in height, he more than compensated for with his love for the game, his determination, and his character. He was a winner in many, many ways. His was a life well-lived.
Debbie & Everett Williams
May 14, 2018
One of The Greatest!
My deepest condolences to the family of a very kind and caring man. God Bless you all.
MaryEllen Gibbons-Mize
May 14, 2018
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May 14, 2018
We were saddened to hear of Larry passing. He was a gentleman and friend. He set an example for everyone he came in contact with. He was a class act and will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family.
Sam & Ellen Jones
May 13, 2018
Tom and I were so, so sad to hear of Larry's passing. I met Larry when he and Garry were seniors at The Plains High School. When he coached at OU, we sat right behind the bench for every game. Larry was always a class act, a gentleman and an inspiration. This is such a loss. Tom and I send our love to Mary and the entire family.
Jan Hodson
Friend
May 13, 2018
Great coach and human being. Rest In Peace Larry Hunter. Our thoughts are with the family and friends.Sincerely,Cullen and Kellie Rutter
Kellie Rutter
May 13, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to the Hunter family. A quality guy taken too soon. May God wrap his loving arms around Coach Hunter as he is welcomed home.
Pete & Peggy Williams
May 13, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to the Hunter family. Such a quality guy taken too soon. May God wrap his loving arms around Coach Hunter as he is welcomed home.
Pete & Peggy Williams
May 13, 2018
To all the Hunters, Larry and Mary have been connected to the Kerrs and Kerr Distributing Company from the moment they came back to make History in his Home Area. The Larry Hunter Coachs Show. Post Green and White Partys. A little golf. Run Racquetball. Or just up town. Thick and thin, always together. Thanks for the Memories and Great Success. Thanks Larry, Well all Keep Chopping Wood. Best wishes one and all.
Kenny and Teri Kerr Family
Friend
May 13, 2018
In 1969 Larry would come and help Coach Inbody with AHS basketball freshman practice. At that time an early role model. He was a good guy.
Will Tevis
Student
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