Hunter, Thomas Russell
Funeral services for Thomas Russell Hunter, 78, of Dorchester will
be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 15 in the First Baptist Church of Gunter.
Rev. Danny Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at Collinsville cemetery
with Bill Arrington, Tim Arrington, Barry Harris, Forrest Fritcher, Gary
Gressett, and Doug Farrer serving as pallbearers. Mr. Hunter passed away
on Thursday, March 13 at his residence west of Dorchester. He was born
April 15, 1929 to Walter Douglas and Zina McDonald Hunter at the same home
place of his passing.
Russell graduated from Dorchester High School in 1947. He attended
University of Texas at Arlington and later graduated from Texas Tech University
in Lubbock. In 1951 he was called into the military where he served in
the United States Air Force for two years, serving a majority of his time
stationed in England. After his military service, he returned home and
worked on the family farm with his brother Ed. In 1963 he married Betty
Mullins of Gunter, his wife of 44 years and together they had three children.
In 1968 Russell began his teaching and coaching career at Gunter
High School. There he taught history and coached baseball, basketball,
and football until he retired in 1986. "Coach Hunter" went beyond the normal
duties. He opened up his house and home where many of his students spent
countless hours playing games and hanging out. He was more than just a
coach, he was a friend, mentor, and a role model. Russell touched many
lives leaving lasting impressions.
After retiring from education in 1986, Russell began his second
career working at Wal-Mart in Sherman where he was a cashier for 21 years.
At Wal-Mart he met many people and enjoyed getting to visiting with them
all. Many times he was recognized by his customers outside of Wal-Mart,
and they would simply want to say "hi" or how much they enjoy going through
his line. However; Russell never lost sight of what was important to him,
and that was family. During his time at Wal-Mart he was able to have flexible
hours allowing him the time to spend with his family and friends. Russell
particularly enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete in whatever sport
they were playing.
Russell is survived by his wife Betty, 3 children Rusty Hunter and
wife Raymie of Sherman , Linda Mazerolle of Sherman, and Tommy Hunter of
Tioga. Seven grandchildren, Darby, Dakota, Garrett, and Hadlie Hunter of
Sherman and Meghan, Mackenzie, and Mason Mazerolle of Sherman. Brothers
John Robert Hunter of Gunter, Ed & wife Jo Hunter of Dorchester, and
sister Alice & husband Paul Malone of Bedford. He was preceded in death
by his parents, brother Benton Hunter of Dorchester, sisters, Isabelle
Buck of Kansas and Ruby Nell Wallace of Colorado Springs.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday at Waldo
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