Obituary for William H. (Bill) Hunter
January 18, 1930-January 9, 2021

Mr. William H. (Bill) Hunter of Winston-Salem died January 9, 2021. He was born January 18, 1930, at Henderson NC, the son and sixth child of the Reverend Raleigh A. and Della Lowrey Hunter, and moved with his family to Winston-Salem at age one. He attended Old Town Elementary School and graduated from Pleasant Garden High School in Guilford County, where he was president of the senior class and president of the student body. He was editor of the yearbook and received the award as the most outstanding student in the graduating class.

Mr. Hunter graduated magna cum laude from High Point University in 1952. He was president of the senior class and was named the most outstanding male graduate of his class. After college he served in the United States Army for two years, where he was a member of the first established guided-missile battalion in the United States. He was stationed at El Paso, Texas and at Detroit, Michigan.

He was married on June 22, 1963 to Sandra Calaway of Winston-Salem, who survives. Bill and Sandra were married for 57 years, sharing their love of the beach and the mountains, through the planting of flowers and trees, and through trips to beautiful and historic places.

He was for many years an active member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church, where he was a charter member of the United Methodist Men, a member of the Board of Trustees, and chair of numerous committees. He sang in the chancel choir, and taught church school classes for many years to high school students. He served as an adult counselor to the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. In recent years, he was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, serving on the Administrative Board, the Commission on Evangelism, and the World Outreach Commission.

Mr. Hunter was strongly supportive of college students, teaching them in church school classes at Maple Springs, on the Wake Forest University campus, and at Centenary Church. He provided transportation for Wake Forest students to Centenary for twenty years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Wesley Foundation student organization for more than twenty years, chairing the group on five occasions. He was a member of the North Carolina Commission on Campus Ministry and a member of Council for Higher Education of the United Methodist Church.

He was employed at Hunter Publishing Company of Winston-Salem for more than thirty years serving as a production supervisor, Assistant Vice President for Customer Service, and Director of Training.

For five years Mr. Hunter was associated with Forsyth Technical Community College, teaching and serving as head of the Department of English and General Studies. During this time, he completed graduate studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

After retirement, Mr. Hunter worked as an information specialist and tour guide for the Winston-Salem Visitor Center, and later as a volunteer historic interpreter at Old Salem Museum and Gardens. As a volunteer, he received awards from the President, the Governor, and the Mayor.

Besides his wife, surviving are children, Noel C. Hunter (Nathan Lee Koontz), and Allison H. Hall, grandchildren Cameron Hall and Thomas Wells, all of Winston-Salem. Other survivors include numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, Hyacinth Hunter Diamont and Thelma Hunter Totherow, and by three brothers, Raleigh A. Hunter Jr., Charles L. Hunter, and James C. Hunter.

The family will hold a private graveside service. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the “Love Thy Neighbor” program, sponsored by the youth of Centenary Church, 646 West Fifth Street, PO Box 658, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The family thanks Medi Home Health & Hospice of Lexington, and Diane Harper of Visiting Angels, for their care. via Facebook

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