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Rev.John Shephard Hunter,91

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me." Phil. 4:18

Dr. John Shepard Hunter, the last of five children of the late Ephraim Herne Hunter Sr., and Charlotte Emily Fisher Hunter, was born on Friday October 23, 1931 at Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania ,Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hunter was preceded in death by his wife Elder Eleanor M. Hunter; his brother Ehphraim Hunter, one daughter Faye Y Hunter Pace, mother , father , three sisters , Floreta I. Hunter Berry , W. Evelyn Hunter Downs , Gladys L. Hunter Mills , niece Charlene E. Berry Larry , Nephew Daniel (Buddy) Berry.

Dr. Hunter attended the George G. Meade Elementary, Robert Vaux Junior High , and Northeast High Schools , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. He dropped out of high school to enter into the United States Army.

Dr. Hunter received his Christian education at Weyland Temple Baptist church when it was located at 2217 West Master Street , Philadelphia , Pa. He attended Sunday School, The Baptist Young Peoples Union , sang in the Children's Junior , and Young Adult Choirs. He was baptizes by the late Reverend C. M. Smith in Philadelphia and later in his life by Elder W. J. Best St John F. W. B. Church.

Dr. Hunter military service was from 26 April 1949 - 30 June 1971 , retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6. Upon returning to Philadelphia he worked for the Pennsylvania State Unemployment office for approximately six months , when he was called to go to work at the U.S. Post Office in 1972. He worked there until his retirement in June 1989 where he rose from the position of distribution clerk mails and letter sorting machine operator to that of postal supervisor letter sorting machines.

Dr. Hunter attended the Adjutant General’s School studying Personnel Specialist Course, Personnel Management Course, and Advanced Personnel Management Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind, and Lengries Germany, 13th in the class, and 1st in his class. While serving in Germany he was the organist for Sunday morning worship.

Dr. Hunter was a very lovable, helpful, and giving person, who loved the Lord Jesus Christ with his whole heart. After his retirement from the post office he and his deceased wife moved to Kinston, North Carolina where they joined the St. John F.W.B Church, and later the St. Luke F.W.B Church. He attended and completed the curriculum of the United American Free Will Baptist Bible College in 1994, and preached his initial sermon in 1997 at St. Luke F. W.B Church.

Dr. Hunter was an associate minister at St. Luke F.W.B Church and an invaluable member of the Ministerial staff. He was dedicated to his church, If he told you he would be there or would do a certain thing, you could count on it. He was active in the floral club, Sunday School as a teacher, Wednesday Morning Bible Study as instructor, as chief instructor for the St. Luke Classes.

Dr. Hunter faithfully taught God’s word in the prison at Eastern Correctional Institute, Maury, North Carolina and on the radio WELS until he had to relinquish his time. His favorite expressions were TO GOD BE THE GLORY! I DIDN’T DO IT, GOD DID IT.

Dr. Hunter leaves to cherish his precious memories: Four sons Thomas H. Hunter, Larry D. Hunter, Douglas L. Jones, Jr. Dwight A Jackson, three daughters Jean A. Anderson, Lynn M. Gregory and Charlotte R. Hunter, three sister in laws, two brother in laws, 22 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, three very special friends Jessie Wallace, Victor Mosley and Douglas L. Jones Sr.

Funeral services will be held on July 23rd, 2022 at 12:00pm at St. Luke FWB Church located at 306 W. King St. La Grange N.C 28551. Bishop Dixon will be officiating.

There will be a public viewing one hour prior to the service.

A service of Love and Care Entrusted to Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home,Inc. Philadelphia, PA and Mitchell's Memorial Funeral Home,Inc. Winterville, NC.

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