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In Memory of

Donald Lee Hunter

December 23, 1938 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


Donald “Cotton” Hunter,76, of Campbells Creek, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, 27 March 2015, surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with Parkinson’s.



Cotton was born on 23 December 1938 at Putney Coal Camp, Campbells Creek, to the late Rev. James Lester Hunter and wife, Violet Lorraine “Shorty” Hunter. He was raised on Campbells Creek and graduated from DuPont High School’s class of 1958, where he enjoyed and excelled at football and basketball.



He was also a proud veteran of 22 years serving in the United States Air Force,...

Donald “Cotton” Hunter,76, of Campbells Creek, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, 27 March 2015, surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with Parkinson’s.



Cotton was born on 23 December 1938 at Putney Coal Camp, Campbells Creek, to the late Rev. James Lester Hunter and wife, Violet Lorraine “Shorty” Hunter. He was raised on Campbells Creek and graduated from DuPont High School’s class of 1958, where he enjoyed and excelled at football and basketball.



He was also a proud veteran of 22 years serving in the United States Air Force, including two tours in Vietnam and ten years in Europe, earning many medals and awards. Following his distinguished military service, Cotton worked at DuPont Plant in Belle, for 21 years in the Fire and Safety section, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed his retirement years as an avid gardener up until 3 years before passing away.



Though his achievements in high school and the military were many, he was proudest and best remembered as a dedicated husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was regarded by those who knew and loved him as an all around honest and good guy.



He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Shorty, as well as his older brother, Bill Hunter, all of Charleston. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Gabriele “Gaby” Hunter; his two sons, James Hunter of Germany and David Hunter of Charleston; his granddaughter, Alexis “Lexi” Hunter; two brothers, Teddy Hunter and Curtis Hunter (wife, Elaine) and sister, Patty Hunter; Bill’s wife, Jackie; his true best friend in life, Lacy Hall (wife, Brenda); and a host of family and friends.



Visitation for family and friends will be held between the hours of 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home in Malden. The celebration of Cotton’s life will be held at the funeral home the following day, April 3, 2015, at 11:00 a. m. with Pastor Mike Long officiating.



There will be a private interment for family only at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute.



In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please send memorial contributions to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W., Charleston, West Virginia 25387. The family sends its sincerest and deepest appreciation to the staff that provided for his comfort and care in his final days, as well as all those that offered support and comfort to the family.



The fight is over, rest in peace, buddy.