Jim Ernest Hunter
Davis Funeral Home
Veteran and lifelong Cushing resident, Jim Ernest Hunter, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 9, 2017, in the Oklahoma City Veteran Affairs Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 83 years.
The son of the late William E. Hunter and Ruby P. Campbell Hunter, Jim was born on September 27, 1934 in Cushing, Oklahoma. Jim was raised and educated in Cushing, graduating from Cushing High School, class of 1952. As a senior in high school he served as captain of the baseball team, he also played football and basketball.
Jim served eight years in Central States Marine Corps and Marine Corp Reserves, joining during the Korean War. After the Marine Corp, he attended Tulsa School of Accounting and the University of Detroit.
Jim was a charter member of the Cushing Jaycees, serving as president twice and Jaycee International Senator No. 12812. He served as chairman of a number of organizations and events including Western Heritage Days, a project to vaccinate 800 children in Cushing for rubella, Cushing Housing Authority. He was instrumental in starting the Cushing Youth Center, and the purchase of Cushing first police dog. Jim was a member of the Youth Center Board, Senior Citizen Board, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotarian Club, Cushing Day Care Board, and Cushing Industrial Authority. He served as a commissioner and mayor of the city of Cushing.
He coached little league baseball for 11 years and the team won the State Championship.
Jim will be remembered for his many years of diligent work for the American Legion Post 108, and in 2006 he was named Oklahoma American Legionnaire of the year.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Delbert F. Hunter, Thomas Ogdon, and James W. Ogdon and three sisters, Helen Hunter Davis, June Hunter Yaunt and Mary Ellen Hunter Merritt.
He is survived by his wife Lucretia of the home; two sons, Jim E. Hunter, Jr and his wife Lizanne of Louisville, Kentucky and Richard D. Thompson and his wife Linda of Cushing; four grandchildren, Ellen Hunter, Sam Hunter, Ricky Don Thompson and Brittany Thompson; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church his son, Jim Hunter, Jr., officiating.
Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
The family will greet friends on Monday evening, November 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Donaldson-Walker Post 108 Building, 214 South Noble Street, Cushing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Donaldson-Walker Post 108, P.O. Box 108, Cushing, OK, in his memory.
You may share your condolences with the Hunter family at www.davisfh.net.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.