Ernest Boyd Hunter ’49

Ernest Boyd Hunter, Jr., 97, died on April 23, 2021 at Sharon Towers.

He was born April 20, 1924, in Wilmington, NC to Helen Dunn Creasy Hunter and Ernest Boyd Hunter, Sr. Ernest graduated from Central High School in 1942 and from Davidson College in 1949. His college was interrupted by his army service in World War II.

While in the army he spent six months in the Specialized Training Program at the University of Connecticut. From there he was transferred to the 78th Division, served in Germany for four months and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Ernest was a POW in Germany for four months before being liberated by the Russians at the end of the war.

Ernest began his work career with the First Union National Bank of Charlotte, ending his work there in 1976 in the Trust Department. From the bank he become the Executive Director of Sharon Towers and retired in 1994. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Helen Stout Hunter, spent a short-term mission year in Sitka, Alaska, working at Sheldon Jackson College.

Ernest was an active church member all his life. He grew up in Covenant Presbyterian and served in many capacities there until in 1994, he and Helen became charter members of South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church. In both churches, he served as an elder and as clerk of session for a period of time. In addition to his church service, Ernest was active in many related organizations, as well as fifty years in the Charlotte Civitan Club.

In addition to his wife, Helen, Ernest is survived by a stepson, The Rev. Christopher Handley and his wife, Dottie, of Florence, SC and a stepdaughter, Helen Handley Bunzey and her husband, Danny of Raleigh, NC and seven step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Fidler Herndon of Charlotte and two nieces, Cynthia Fidler Farlow of Indian Rock Beach, FL and Beth Fidler Morgan of Chesapeake, VA.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 2, 2021 in Elmwood Cemetery, 700 West 6th Street. 

Memorials may be made to South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC, 28277 or to the Residents’ Assistance Fund at Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606.

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