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Rev. John Hunt

January 15, 1928 — April 30, 2011

Rev. John William "Bill" Hunt, 83, died at the Western MD Regiona l Hospital on
April 30, 2011 . Born January 15, 1928 in Midland , MD , he was the son of the late Robert Vance Hunt and Mary T ighe Hunt . He was preceded in death by three brothers,
Raymond, Richa r d and Tom Hunt, and three sisters, Mary "Sis " Winters,
Philadelphia "Delphia" Hyde, and Virginia Schurg.
Bill attended Beall High School , and received a high school diploma. On
June 12th , 1948 , he married Dorothy Marie Morgan. And from 1952 - 1954, he
served the US Army in the Korean Conflict . During his early life, he held a variety of positions. He was employed at the Lonaconing Silk Mill, Celanese Fiber Corp. , Orts Bakery, and was an agent for Franklin Insurance. He worked as a salesperson for Modern Communications Electronic Supply and the Stroehmann Bakery where he retired in 1983.
But his l ife's work began in 1976, when at the age of 49, he became a
Christian. Within a few months, he was going to the Allegany County Jail with
the Christian B u sinessmen's Association . When the Stroehmann Bakery
transferred him t o Harrisburg , PA , he worked with the Dolphin County Prison
Ministry. And a f ter retiring from the bakery in 1983 , he started a volunteer
ministry at the Al l egany County Jail under the name of the Go Tell John Ministry.
He taught bible school, organized church services in the Garrett County Jail,
started a bible study at the County Jail in Keyser , WV , and extended his services
to other prisons i n Jessup , Hagerstown , Patuxent, Baltimore , Moundsville and
Huttonsville.
With his p r ison ministry in full swing, he reached out to the Department of
Juvenile Services , and was the first volunteer minister for all five of the Youth
Detention Centers. I n 1985 he became an ordained minister . He gained support
from numerous local churches and with the help of the Western Baptist
Association, he created a Christmas program and regular visitations for every
one of the youth camps. For his tireless service, he received numerous citations,
and was honored as a volunteer and Foster Grandparent at a surprise dedication
of the Hunt Pavi l ion at the Backbone Mountain Center i n 1993. Since that time,
he has continued to serve as a Chaplain in various churches, prisons , youth
detention centers , weddings, funerals, and special events.
Mr . Hunt was forever grateful for the support that he received from all of
the individuals, churches and organizations that supported his ministry
throughout the years .
Bill was a former member of the Midland Volunteer Fire Department, a Past Commander
of the Midland American Legion , and was consistently involved with the Christian
Businessmen's Association, the Southern Baptist Mission Service Corps., and
the Western Baptist Association . . He enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, rare rock
collecting, photography, hunting, fishing and gunsmithing .
Mr . Hunt i s survived by Dorothy, his wife of 62 years, a brother, Joe and
wife Bonnie l iving in Tennessee , his son William David Hunt and special friend ,
Becky Rephan, and his grandson, Ryan William Hunt who is currently serving in
the US Navy, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, WA .
Friends wil l be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, P.A., 19814
Big Lane , Midlan d on Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00PM and 7:00 - 9:00PM . Another
visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 10:00AM , followed by a
funeral service with Pastor Steffan Carr at 11:OOAM. Internment will be
immediately after t he service at the Frostburg Memorial Park . Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by Frostburg Farrady Post 24.
Pallbearers are Ken Heath , Craig Robertson, David Goad, David Shuck,
Robert McElvie, a nd Sean Santmyire with honorary volunteers of Pat Stakem,
Lee Cutter, Charles Winters, and Dan Lasher .
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be made to the
Midland Fire Hal l Building Fund at PO Box 53 , Midland , MD 21542 , the Georges Creek Ambulance Service at PO Box 155 , Lonaconing , MD 21539 , or to
the Western Ba p tist Association of MD at 1101 National Hwy , LaVale , MD
21502.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.eichhornmckenzie.com.
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