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Obituary for Eugene Russell Hunter

Eugene Russell Hunter, known by Gene to family and friends, age 86, passed away early Sunday morning, April 16, 2017.

Father to Daran and Kevin, Husband to Tamara, Gene was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, in 1930 and graduated from North Texas State University. In 1997, Gene and wife Tamara settled here in Jasper in Bent Tree. Gene and Tamara previously resided in Houston & Dallas Texas, Memphis Tennessee, Dunwoody, Georgia, Peachtree Corners, Georgia and St. George Island, Florida.

Gene was the Southeastern Regional Manager for the Lone Star Steel Company out of Dallas, Texas and traveled throughout the U.S. and particularly the southeast as part of his job.

Gene also served in the Coast Guard, during which he traveled to Japan, California, Alaska and many other locations. While stationed in Hawaii, he and a friend had an old car they used to get around and would let other friends borrow. A car in which, unbeknownst to him at the time, his future wife Tamara would also ride in, who he would later meet back in Texas.

As a hobby Gene enjoyed dining out and traveling and was also an avid wildlife watcher and particularly enjoyed bird watching. Gene also had a lifelong love of tennis and played throughout his life and won the state title of Texas High School Singles Tennis Champion while in school.

Gene was preceded in death by his Wife, Tamara Hunter & Son, Daran Hunter and is survived by his Son, Kevin T. Hunter of Jasper, Georgia. Gene was of the Baptist faith.

Donations in Gene’s name can be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.

Arrangements and services entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper, Ga.


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