Willie Hunt

Hunt, Willie Reed Age 80, of New Albany died Saturday, March 30, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN. He was born September 23, 1932 in Telico Plains, TN to the late Clyde Hunt and Cordie McDaniel Hunt. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a retired employee from Caterpillar Corporation in Aurora, IL where he worked as a welder. He was a past master and life time member of Jerusalem Temple Lodge 90 of Aurora, IL, and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora, IL. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. David Barnett officiating. Burial will be in the Shady Grove Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. He is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Copeland of Ecru and Kimberly Becker (Peter) of Aurora, IL; two sons, Charles Swords (Becky) of New Albany and David Swords (Angela) of Montgomery, IL; three brothers, Elmer Hunt (Treva) of Aurora, IL, Frank Hunt (Ellavee) of SC, and Eugene Hunt (Maude) of LA; thirteen grandchildren, Angie (Shane) Jenkins, Nicole Swords, Devin (Jaret) Gooch, Kyle (Erika) Swords, Jennifer Escobar, Stephanie Burk (Jimmy), Taylor, P.J., and Chance Becker, Shane, Kira, Klarissa, Madison Swords; sixteen great grandchildren, Austin Sanders, Nikolas Russell, Tyler Pickens, Dylan Baker, Collin Copeland, Kandice Swan, Addison Pickens, Owen Grace, Ella, and Ava Kate Swords, Emma Burk, Fenley Hunt Gooch, Gracie and Hannah Copeland, Daniel Escobar, and Lilly Swords, and one great-great-grandchild Rylee Kate Raney. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marijo Kirk Hunt; three sisters, Louise Wilson, Lella Carver, and Imogene Burris, and a son-in-law Stan Copeland. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Burk, Shane Jenkins, P.J. Becker, Chance Becker, Austin Sanders, Nickolas Russell, and Kyle Swords. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. In honor of Mr. Hunt, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Marine Corps at the funeral home during visitation and service. For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com

Published in Beacon News on Apr. 2, 2013