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Thomas Richard Hunter

Thomas Hunter went home to find perfect rest in the arms of his maker where he longed to go after long-suffering. He was ready to meet Jesus and he left this world surrounded by great love. He is survived by brother Carroll English Hunter and wife Barbara Hunter. He has 2  surviving children, Lesa Hunter Elder and husband Hugh Elder, Thomas Richard Hunter Jr, and wife Teresa Hunter. He has 9 grandchildren, William Thomas Elder, Brian Paul Elder, Amanda  Elder Davis and husband John Davis, Christina Elder Lambert and husband Paul Lambert, Cameron Lura McKegney, Ceara Savannah McKegney, John Daniel Hunter- McKegney, Brittany Hunter Howell and husband Sidney Howell, Clayton Thomas Hunter and wife Lauren Hunter. He has 11 great-grandchildren, Graysie McAyden Elder, Hannah Rene Elder Lambert, Bo Hunter Elder Lambert, Toby Richard Elder Lambert, Isabelle Rey Davis, Sophie Diane Howell, Olivia Sydney Howell, Abagail Chloe Hunter, Lydia Scarlett Hunter, Lucas Clayton Hunter, and Madelyn Bella Hunter.  He was the firstborn son of English Carroll Hunter and Helen Talbert Hunter. His life was filled with many accomplishments, graduating from Tech High School, serving in the Naval Reserves, playing baseball, golf, and becoming a part of the family business at the age of 13 years old. He married Linda Ann Thomas in 1957 and they began a family in 1958. Their first home was a tiny home on Pinkney Ave. where the firstborn daughter Lesa arrived. They soon moved to Eastway  Drive where their second child Ricky was born. Sweet memories were made in both homes. The family business Hunter Auto and Wrecker Service at 1107 North Davidson Street in Charlotte became his great focus and love as he worked alongside his parents Helen Hunter and “Dick  “Hunter with brother Carroll Hunter. He was a Shriner, boat lover, and big animal lover, always a dog by his side. Called Big Tom and was known for his big heart. The family moved to 6600  Sardis Road when their third baby came, Helen Lura Mckegney. Many years here brought joy watching the family grow and celebrate life together seeing each child leave the nest. He moved to his home at Lake Norman, building their dream home to retire there. He was an incredible being that left a piece of love and care to everyone. This earth lost a great man, but Heaven gained a hero.

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Dear Dad,
I know you are in Heaven where you longed to be . I thank the Lord for you and a lifetime of memories that I can hold on to. We were best friends through life and as I took the calling of my heart to care for you alongside my precious hubby and family, I have such peace knowing we were able to keep you there in your home with your faithful friend, Jenks. You two were the best buddies. He was such a blessed little dog to live like royalty because you love animals so much. He left for doggy Heaven a week before you went to Heaven. You were such a good dad to your four legged residents Dad, I just am trying to get life back to a place without my days concerned about you every waking moment. You left great love in this heart of mine and there really is no way to return to normal for you were a part of me. I will never fill the big place you left in my life. God will heal the path I am on , but I was so concerned with the details of caring for you that I still wake to check on your monitors to make sure you are ok, I pick up the phone to call, I listen to your voicemails saying I love you…I loved caring for you even though it would break my heart to see you suffer. I miss you so much. God gave me you and I cherish all the good things we have to hold onto.. I was blessed to call you my daddy. I held your hand and sang hymns to you as you left this earth. and you met Jesus. Dad , I lived everyday telling you how blessed I was to have you. I told you I love you every conversation. I thanked you for being my dad… there is such sadness missing you but joy knowing you are home. I have learned that we should always treasure every moment we have with those God gives us to share life with… I can live my life knowing we did cherish our life together and shared 63 years of life. I thank you for all you did for me dad!!! I thank you for being my dad. I love you so much. Welcome home where you wanted to be. Love, lesa

Less Eler Nov 9 2021 6:22 AM

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