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Robert Hunter Sr.

Robert is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Margaret (Gooch) Hunter; his brother, James Richard Hunter of McLean, Va., two sons, Robert Wesley Hunter Jr. of Knoxville and Richard Kent Hunter of Brentwood; and six grandchildren, Wes Hunter, Alle Hunter and Annie Hunter, all of Signal Mountain, and Ella Hunter, Joey Hunter and Ava Hunter, all of Brentwood.
Robert was born Jan. 15, 1939, in Fulton to the late Richard and Juanita Hunter. He graduated from the former Hickman High School in 1958, where he played varsity basketball. He received a basketball scholarship to Murray State University.
He married the former Mary Margaret Gooch of Tiptonville May 26, 1961. Robert was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii, where his wife, Margaret, later joined him with their new son, Bobby.
After moving to Union City, Robert began working for the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. as an electrician for 31 years. During that time they welcomed son Kent in 1967. His sons and grandchildren remember Dad and “Paw Paw” as a loving and fun grandfather who loved to spend time with them.
Robert was known as a quiet man and a good and dependable neighbor. He was a quick wit, sometimes practical joker who loved history and the outdoors, especially fishing on Reelfoot Lake with his wife, Margaret.
Visitation is set for Wednesday at 1 p.m., with services to follow at  Tiptonville chapel of  Dyersburg Funeral Home at 405 Church St. Friends and family are welcome to attend and celebrate his life. Burial will follow at the Grassy Island Unit Overlook Tower at Reelfoot Lake.
The family requests donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in his name.
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