DALZELL - Rev. Tommy Wayne Hunter, 75, passed away on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at his home after a long illness.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1943 in Brunswick, Georgia, son of the late James Edward and Daisy Dean Hunter. Wayne attended Columbia High School, in Columbia, and took courses from Cornell University for meat merchandising. He worked for Winn Dixie, A&P Grocery and BiLo Grocery in Columbia and Sumter as a manager of the meat department. He was a supervisor of the Raleigh and Charlotte Divisions of A&P. Wayne became a bi-vocational pastor on Jan. 13, 1994, pastoring at Mill Creek Baptist, Victory Lane Baptist and Hillcrest Baptist (now New Life).
Wayne loved primitive camping in the Great Smoky Mountains and various state parks. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, gardening and golfing with the Christian Golfers Association, where he became the spiritual director and conducted a Bible study every Tuesday morning at 8 for many years. He wrote a monthly article for their newsletter. While with CGA, he spent several summers coaching and mentoring in the First Tee Program for young people. He earlier coached little league baseball and softball.
His life proved that "the only real man is God's man" by being a devoted and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his spouse, Mary Joyce Hunter, and his sons and daughters, Jeffrey, Gregory, David, and Paula Hunter. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Hunter, and his wife, June, nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Hunter Beatty.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday 2 p.m. in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel, 1190 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150, with the Rev. Clay Smith officiating.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. pm at Bullock Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to the New Life Church, 5330 Camden Highway, Dalzell, SC 29040, or to Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.
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