In 40 years of service in the South Carolina United Methodist Conference, Dr. Hunter ministered to five churches and their congregations, representing small and rural, suburban, and large urban communities. His service to the Conference also included holding the position of District Superintendent in Spartanburg and Chaplain and Professor of Biblical Literature at Spartanburg Methodist College, as well as many Conference Boards and Agencies. He was elected to serve at the General Conference and the Jurisdictional Conference. Among many other pursuits, Dr. Hunter was instrumental in developing United Ministries and the Triune Mercy Center.
Following a transfer from the Citadel, Dr. Hunter graduated from Erskine College; however, he always considered the Citadel his alma mater in his heart of hearts. He received two Masters Degrees and one Doctorate Degree from Emory University. Dr. Hunter also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Claflin University, an institution he cherished dearly and supported as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for eight years.
Dr. Hunter was married to Nancy Rhodes of Estill, SC for 59 years. He is survived by Nancy; three children and their spouses, Jim & Sallie Hunter, Anne & Alex Young, and Rebecca & Greg Kryshtalowych; six grandchildren, Kemper & Leah Hunter, Lucy & Jack Young, and Andrew & James Kryshtalowych; his sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Charles Gentry, and one nephew and two nieces, Hunter Gentry, Sally Taylor and Mary Kathryn Price.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Greenville, SC. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the church parlor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the James E. and Nancy R. Hunter Scholarship at Claflin University, addressed to Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton, Vice-President for Advancement, Claflin University, 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115.
AUG 5. 02:00 PM
St. Matthew United Methodist Church
701 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC, US, 29601