Eugene M. Hunter
Gene was born on February 15, 1939, in the upstairs bedroom of his family home on Canterbury Road in Forest Hills to James Edwin Hunter and Daisy McGregor Hunter. His father, an architect by profession (Clemson College), designed and built the home for his new bride. Mr. Hunter was also the Clerk of the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he was instrumental in the renovations of the State House.
Gene was educated at Schneider Elementary, Hand Middle, Dreher High and the University of South Carolina. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of the 32nd degree Scottish Rule.
He diligently served on the Richland County Zoning Board and was appointed by Governor James Hodges to sit on the South Carolina Juvenile Parole Board, serving as Chairman for several years. Gene was a member of The Tarantella Club and a longtime active member of Ducks Unlimited.
Gene was President of the Hunter-Dickson Insurance Agency, along with partner, Alex A. Dickson. He served on the Board of the SC Independent Agents Association. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, and scuba diver until his health declined. He and his fishing buddies (along with his terrified wife) caught a nine-foot tiger shark off the shores of Pawley’s Island in the early 1960’s.
On September 10, 1960, he married his beloved wife, Kay Wrenn Key Hunter. They were blessed with four wonderful children, only one of whom survives today, Eugene “Greg” McGregor, Jr. (Lisa Marie Owens). Gene was predeceased by his parents; children, James Sterling Hunter, Carolina Wrenn Hunter, and Catherine Leigh Hunter. As the youngest of six children, he was also predeceased by his siblings, Ella Hunter Davis (Richard), Caroline Hunter Maass (Ted), James Edwin Hunter, Jr. (Betty), and Nathalie Hunter Cook (Jack). He is survived by his sister, Daisy Hunter Des Portes (Bobby).
Gene spent all his childhood summers at the family beach home on Pawley’s Island, New Castle, where his mother was the proprietor of this beloved boarding house. He loved the ocean and the creek and felt very connected to both equally.
A service to celebrate the life of Eugene “Gene” McGregor Hunter will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Monday, March 18th at 4 o’clock. The family will receive friends following the service in Satterlee Hall. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to The Trinity Foundation, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or the charity of one’s choice.