He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Evelyn Lee Hunt. Survivors are his wife, Connie Catron Hunt; his sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Hunt Jr. and wife Maria of Cary, NC; Joseph Hunt and wife Stephanie LeighAnn of Unicoi, TN; and Daniel Hunt and wife Kristi of Gray, TN; grandchildren Zachary, Kinnamon, Gabriel, Maewyn, Emily and Alyssa Hunt and grandchildren-by-marriage, Caleb and Jacob Nagy, Katherine Black and Dana and Rylee Malone. Also surviving are his siblings: Jack Hunt (Brenda) of Kingsport, David Lynn Hunt (Rita) of Surgoinsville, and Peggy Jean Hunt Rasnick (Bob) of Christiansburg, VA; brother-in-law Jim and wife Bonnie Catron of Knoxville; step-daughter, Jill Black Nagy and husband James of Johnson City. He is also survived by a several cousins and numerous friends, as well as his former wives, Brenda and Phyllis. Richard’s family are particularly grateful to the following: the V.A. Hospital, Mountain Home, TN and the doctors and nurses who attended him there; his longtime physicians in the private sector, all of whom gave such competent and caring treatment; the doctors and nurses at Johnson City Medical Center who such showed such compassion to Richard and his family during his final hospitalization; and to the personnel with Avalon Hospice, namely, Dr. Miller, Kenny, Sherrie, Desarei and especially his nurse, Brooks, all of whom were so kind, caring and attentive to his needs. Last but certainly not least, was Sarah of Home Helper who went above and beyond to care for both Richard’s and Connie’s needs.
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, receiving of friends will begin at 1:00 pm at Mid-City Church, 111 Conley Road at Highway 11-E in Jonesborough, TN followed by a Celebration of Richard’s life at 2:00 pm, led by church pastor and Hospice Chaplain Kenny Adkins. Richard’s earthly remains were cremated and it was his and Connie’s request that after her death, their ashes be placed together in the copper box made by her father, along with his father’s military New Testament, the American and Christian flags, and then be interred at the V.A. Cemetery, Mountain Home, Johnson City, TN, with Military Honors. Richard was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In lieu of flowers, the family request you honor Richard’s memory by making a donation to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place; Mempis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.mtnempirecbs.com . Mountain Empire Cremation & Burial Services, 125 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 3, Jonesborough, TN 37659, (423) 547-0379, is honored to serve the Hunt family. This obituary was written and provided by Mr. Hunt’s loving family.