Born June 5, 1921, in New Madrid, he was the son of the late Hal Edward and Colleen Jackson Hunter Sr. He graduated magna cum laude in 1944 with a law degree from Notre Dame University and served as prosecuting attorney for New Madrid County from 1962-90. Hunter also represented New Madrid County R-1 School District, Risco School District and Drainage District No. 30. A devout Catholic and member of Immaculate Conception Church in New Madrid, he was also a member of the State Democratic Committee from 1962-90 and member of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees, Missouri Bar Association and New Madrid County Bar Association. He was past president of the 34th Judicial Bar Association and was city attorney for New Madrid for 46 years.
Hunter also served on the ARK-MO Power Company Board of Directors from 1971-81, Arkansas Light and Power Company from 1981-92 and Associated Natural Gas. In 1971, he was appointed to the Commission of Reapportion of the House of Representatives by Gov. Warren E. Hearnes.
On Dec. 24, 1942, in New Madrid, he married Mary Virginia Crisler who preceded him in death on July 27, 1995.
He and May Hillis Edwards were married May 21, 1999, and she survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons, Hal E. "Buck" Hunter III, Stephen Craig Hunter and Lee Andrew Hunter; three daughters, Carolyn Ann "Kika" Lamanna of Germantown, Tenn., Mary Catherine Eddy of Dexter and Dr. Lora Teresa Little of Memphis, Tenn.; three stepchildren, Sabra Hall, Neal Edwards and Mary Kay Edwards; and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Mary Berryman and Libba Crisler.
"Mr. Hal" lived life to the fullest and will be remembered with love and respect for his helpful, compassionate and unselfish life. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation begins at 5 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church with Monsignor Mike Swalina officiating.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery at New Madrid.
Pallbearers will be: Howard Crisler, the Honorable Charles Spitler, the Honorable Fred Copeland, Lewis Recker, Charlie Ice and Dr. Mark Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Mack Bain, Dr. Charles Baker, Jay Blankenship, the Honorable Gene Copeland, George Gilmore Jr., the Honorable Betty Hearnes, the Honorable Warren E. Hearnes, Jim Hillis, Joe Hillis, the Honorable Flake McHaney, Ted Medlin, Dewayne Nolin, C.H. Parsons, Jim Ed Reeves, Leon Saalwaechter, Steve St. Mary, the Honorable Steve Sharp, Matt Padberg and Dr. Robert Briner.
Memorial contributions may be sent to SEMO Quail Unlimited, 16041 County Road 470, Dexter, MO 63841; or the American Stroke Association, Heartland Affiliate, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601-1653.