Rev. John William "Bill" Hunt

Born: Sun., Jan. 15, 1928
Died: Sat., Apr. 30, 2011


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., May 04, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., May 04, 2011
Location: - Not available -


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., May 05, 2011


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Rev. John William "Bill" Hunt, 83, died at the Western MD Regional Hospital on
April 30, 2011. Born January 15, 1928 in Midland, MD, he was the son of the late Robert VanceHunt and Mary Tighe Hunt. He was preceded in death by three brothers,
Raymond, Richard and Tom Hunt, and three sisters, Mary "Sis" Winters,
Philadelphia "Delphia" Hyde, and Virginia Schurg.
 
Bill attended BeallHigh 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 atthe Lonaconing Silk Mill, Celanese Fiber Corp., Orts Bakery, and was an agentfor Franklin Insurance. He worked as a salesperson for Modern CommunicationsElectronic Supply and the Stroehmann Bakery where he retired in 1983.
 
But his life'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 Businessmen's Association. When the Stroehmann Bakery
transferred him to Harrisburg, PA, he worked with the Dolphin County Prison
Ministry. And after retiring from the bakery in 1983, he started a volunteer
ministry at the Allegany 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 CountyJail in Keyser, WV, and extended his services
to other prisons in Jessup, Hagerstown, Patuxent, Baltimore, Moundsville and
Huttonsville.
 
With his prison 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. In 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 Pavilion at the BackboneMountainCenterin 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 is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 62 years, a brother, Joe and
wife Bonnie living 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 will be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, P.A., 19814
Big Lane, Midlandon 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 the service at the FrostburgMemorial Park. Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by Frostburg Farrady Post 24.
 
Pallbearers are Ken Heath, Craig Robertson, David Goad, David Shuck,
Robert McElvie, and 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
MidlandFireHallBuilding Fund at PO Box 53, Midland, MD21542,  the GeorgesCreek Ambulance Service at PO Box 155, Lonaconing, MD21539 , or to
the Western Baptist Association of MD at 1101 National Hwy, LaVale, MD
21502.
 
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Mike Foote
   Posted Tue May 03, 2011
Bill, so sorry to hear about your Fathers passing. I had the pleasure to hear him preach a few times in church, and talk about what he did in the local jails, and prisons. He touched so many lives, and was such a wonderful man. You, and your Family are in our prayers, and thoughts.
Mike

The Grady Family
   Posted Tue May 03, 2011
Dear Bill and family,

We were so sorry to hear of your father''s death. He was a good person. You have our deepest sympathy.

Thinking of you,
Jimmy, Susan, Ian, and Jordan Grady

Jim & Pat Powers
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
Dot and Bill, We are so sorry to hear of Bill''s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Although we have been away from form Midland for almost 40 years, we look forward to our summer visits, and seeing you at the Midland Times. We remember the good times we had with you at the Midland Legion.
Bill touched so many lives and his wonderful work will be missed, but he is in a better place which he well deserves.
Our love and prayers.
Jim & Pat

Jack and Julie Omenitsch
   Posted Wed May 04, 2011
Bill - we were so sorry to hear of your father''s passing. Now matter how much we try to prepare for and accept that these things are going to happen, it is still a shock when it actually does. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief and saddness. He will always be with you in your heart.

Love, Jack and Jul

Linda Brumage
   Posted Thu May 05, 2011
Dot,

I just hear about your husband and wanted to offer my sincere condolences on his passing. I know this is a difficult time and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linda Brumage

Cathy Coleman
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Dot,

I am so sorry for your loss. I was still young when we moved from Midland but I will always remember how nice and kind you and Bill always were to me. I always saw my Grandma in Bill''s eyes. Bill was a wonderful man that did a lot for other people never asking for things in return. I pray that you will find comfort with knowing he is with God being rewarded for His work on earth. God bless you and keep you through this.

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