Edward Hatcher Hunt's family remembers him as a caring husband and father who loved giving away his homegrown roses.
Born March 5, 1923, Mr. Hunt, 81, died Monday in Oxford, Ga. after battling lung cancer for more than a year.
Raised in Harlem, Mr. Hunt put his plans to attend college on hold to enlist in the Army in 1943, said Regina Hunt Kaminsky, 78, one of Mr. Hunt's younger sisters.
After returning from the Pacific, where Mr. Hunt drove tanks, he attended the University of Georgia.
With a bachelor's and master's degree in agricultural science, Mr. Hunt worked with the Newton County extension service for more than 20 years.
Daisy Hunt, 77, Mr. Hunt's wife, said her husband was dependable. "He was a special person, friendly and lovable," she said.
Mr. Hunt's son, John Hunt, 40, said his father enjoyed photography and giving out his homegrown roses. "He was very generous with his roses," Mr. Hunt said.
Mr. Hunt always provided help and guidance, Mrs. Kaminsky said. "Any problem arose, he was a big brother, he was there," Mrs. Kaminsky said.
Mr. Hunt was a lifelong member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, Ga.
He is survived by his wife, Daisy; three children, John Hunt, Susan Nelson, Jane Compton, all of Covington, Ga.; and nine grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Covington with burial at Lawnwood Memorial Park.
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