Dr. Ted LaVerne Hunter died peacefully in the Hospice House of Laurens County on January 28, 2017. He was born April 10, 1928, in Thomasville, Ga. The son of Ottis Ashley and Glennie Fennel Hunter, he graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta, Ga, and earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, Master of Arts from the University of North Carolina, and Doctorate from the University of Georgia. He served in the Navy during the Korean War, taught at Armstrong College, and was Dean of Middle School at Savannah Country Day School. From 1967-1993 he was Chair of the Department of Sociology at Presbyterian College. He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church of Clinton, serving in the choir and as Advancement Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 174. He was an avid camper and canoer. He was widely known and beloved for repairing and restoring bicycles at no cost to their owners.
He was a charter member of the SC Sociological Association, which honored him with the Capel Service Award in Social Sciences. He was on the board of the Laurens County Safe Home and of the SC Alston Wilkes Society as well as the Advisory Board of the SC Department of Social Services. Among his many other awards were Alston Wilkes State Volunteer of 1987, Laurens County Boy Scouts of America Volunteer of 1988, Clinton 2000 Citizen of the Year, Boy Scouts Silver Beaver 2003, Presbyterian College’s Martha Anne Green Service to College and Church Award 2004.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lutrecia Adams Hunter of Clinton; son, David Ashley (Jayne) Hunter of Charlotte; daughter, Anne Lutrecia Hunter of Lake Greenwood; and grandsons, Samuel Thomas Hunter and George Edward Hunter of Charlotte.
The family expresses deep appreciation to Larry Williams for his loving care.
A memorial service will be held at the Broad Street United Methodist Church of Clinton at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, with visitation to follow in the Cunningham Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Broad Street UMC choir fund or BS Troop 174 fund, to Hospice of Laurens County, or to Presbyterian College.