Life for this sweet Spirit began September 23, 1925 born to Avery Knox and Mary Jane Jones, the first daughter and third of six children born to this union. Although life began in Clark County at an early age, the family moved to Winnsboro, Louisiana. She graduated from high school and immediately began teaching because many of the men had to fight in World War II. She taught for two years. In 1949 she married the love of her life Fred Hunter Jr. He brought a beautiful little girl named Alice into the relationship and she brought a handsome little boy named Jeremiah. Together they had six wonderful children. They eventually purchased their home on Highway 51 (Knoxville Community) in 1960. Due to a war injury, her beloved husband succumbed to illness. His untimely death occurred in 1965. Before his death, he asked his wife to make sure all of their children went to college. This was a promise she kept as there were five graduates from HSU, one from OBU and one from SAU Tech in Camden. Although some people would possibly be intimidated by the challenge, she was so determined to make sure each child finished college, she would not hesitate to contact elected State Officials if she experienced any problems. To no one’s surprise who knew her, she received positive responses from said Officials. She would also contact State and Local Officials for neighbors/relatives in the community if they came to her with problems. Yes, she has always been F-I-E-R-C-E…in thought, word, deed and the way she dressed! She was an avid gardener and seamstress; for many in the community she was also a baby sitter. She was also known to keep a switch within reach on the back of her sofa. She would even have one handy at Christmas and Easter practices and programs (and she wasn’t afraid to use it!). She joined Pleasant Hill A.M.E. Church in the Joan community at an early age. She joined the choir and was still singing at age 89…only missing one choir practice due to a misunderstanding. That never happened again. She taught Adult Sunday School until age 90 when her health began to fail. She studied her Sunday School lessons faithfully and used many resources to prepare herself for each lesson. She was President of the Phifer/Bryant Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) and she was Stewardess President. She received many accolades which included but not limited to: Being among the first to be inducted into the WMS Hall of Fame; Receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the Hot Springs District for Local church services; Receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Mt. Morriah School Reunion; Receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the WMS Jessie B. Turner Area 1 from the Hot Springs District Conference; Receiving the T.E.A.M Award for work in the WMS. She loved her family…especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. On Sunday, November 29, 2015 she passed peacefully into sleep and the Lord’s embrace. She was preceded in death by her parents Avery Knox and Mary Jane Jones; husband Fred Hunter Jr.; brothers: Themis, Richard, Fred Douglas, Roosevelt Knox, Arthur Bullock; sisters: Margarete Williams, Annette Middleton and Thelma Knox.
She leaves to mourn children: Jeremiah (Doris) Williams, Moreno Valley, CA; Ida Tramble, Gary Hunter, Arkadelphia, AR; Harold (Thelma) Hunter Sr., Richmond, TX; Edna (Daryl) Ford, Michael (Barbara) Hunter, Arkadelphia, AR; Arlisha Hunter, Dallas, TX and Alice Hunter, Arkadelphia, AR; grandchildren: Jeannette Williams, Las Vegas, NV; Tracye Davis, Arkadelphia, AR; Faith (Charles) Brantley, Houston, TX; Justina Williams, Benbrook, TX; Harold (Natalie) Hunter Jr., Arlington, TX; Evan Hunter and Jonathan Hunter, Little Rock, AR; Adrienne (Shawn Sr.) Jackson, Fort Worth, TX; Allan Ford, Arkadelphia, AR; Otis Tramble III, Morgantown, West Virginia; Eric July, The Colony, TX; Ron Hunter and Kimberly Hunter, Arkadelphia, AR; great-grandchildren: Dayja Davis and Elisha Davis, Arkadelphia, AR; Leila Hunter and Maya Seneva Brantley, Houston, TX; Shawn Jr., Charles, Sanai and baby Jackson, Fort Worth, TX; Cayenne Llewellyn, Benbrook, TX; Calvin (CJ) Wilson Jr., Las Vegas, NV; brother James Hosea Bullock, Ypsilanti, MI; sisters: Lois McClanahan, San Jose, CA; Zelma Knox, Geneva King, Arkadelphia, AR; Flora Thompson, North Little Rock, AR: Martha Newborn, Malvern, AR; Katheleen Knox, Dallas, TX; brother-in-law Londell Middleton, Arkadelphia, AR; sisters-in-law: Alleen Knox, Beaumont, TX; Mary Knox, Orange, TX; Zella Knox, Arkadelphia, AR; Carrie Bullock, Ypsilanti, MI; Helen Knox, MI; Maude Hill, Malvern, AR; Earnestine Rhodes, Hot Springs, AR; Betty Hunter, Atlanta, GA; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and the Pleasant Hill A.M.E. Church family. Special friends: Lee Alice Brunson, Rosie Gill, Alvin Newburn, Amboline House, Thelma Harris, Willye Talley, Women of the West AR Conference WMS, Lucille Carter, Odessa Ankton and Luther Jones.
Home going service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2015 at St. Paul AME Church. Rev. T.W. Scott is the pastor, Presiding Randolph Martin will officiate and Rev. Rex Smith, Sr., eulogist. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 12 noon until 3:00 p.m.