John Wesley Hunter Sr. was born in Gates County, North Carolina on August 7, 1943 to Edna Vastia Virginia Kee and William Augusta Hunter. The 6th of 7 children, he had lots of older brothers and sisters to help raise him. He spent his early life in North Carolina, where he went to T.S. Cooper High School in Sunbury.
As a young adult (around the age of 17), he moved to New York with his older siblings. He spent his time dancing, listening to music, and even drag racing. Some of his favorite artists were Barry White and Isaac Hayes.
In 1965, John formed a union with Elsie Nixon, from which came three children: Leslie Hunter (Tangelia), Bruce Hunter (Ruby), and Michael Hunter (Rhonda).
Later, he became interesting bowling and was on a league. But one his favorite pastimes was visiting family.
In 1975, John formed a union with Edith Brown, from which came seven children: LaVerne Mason (Anton), Victoria Beckles (Cordelle), Venessa Adams (Christopher), John Hunter, Jr. (Tabori), William Hunter (Kenita), Christopher Hunter (Travé), and Deanna Hunter.
John loved cars (especially Lincolns) and learned so much about them that he was the “go to” repair person in the neighborhood. Once he moved to Hampton, Virginia (November 1988), he turned his hobby into a trade and became an auto mechanic.
He was known for making his amazing banana pudding (from scratch) and large breakfast spreads. He also enjoyed ice cream, chocolate covered peanuts…and roasted peanuts in general.
John loved watching westerns and wrestling on television for many years. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle and, during his later years, bird watching. One of his favorite birds became the cardinal.
John peacefully transitioned from this life on Saturday, March 13, 2021. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Herbert Hunter, Herman Hunter, and Melvin Hunter, along with his sister: Gladys Mitchell.
He is survived by his brother: Melgrew Hunter, his sister: Ernestine White, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, and friends. He also leaves a legacy through his 10 children, 23 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
A viewing and visitation will take place on Thursday March 25, 2021 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at C.C. Carter Funeral Home 3314 Roanoke Ave Newport News, VA 23607
A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday March 26, 2021 at 11:00am at New Hope Baptist Church 1415 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666. The final resting place for Mr. John Hunter will be at the Kee Family Cemetery in Hobbsville, NC.
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