Chris was born in Minden to Robert (Bob) and Kathryn Hunter on May 29, 1967. He attended school at E.S. Richardson, J.E. Harper, Phillips Middle School, Webster Jr. High in Minden and Sibley High School. He was a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and began his employment with Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Shreveport at the age of 18 and ended his career as manager of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Before settling in Arcadia, he worked at funeral homes in Texarkana, Lufkin, Dallas and Amarillo, Texas. Chris was a past member of the Jaycees in Texas and his project was always the Halloween Haunted House. He was very athletic, playing baseball and football in little league in Minden, city and church leagues in Minden and Texarkana and was an avid golfer.
Chris was a gentleman who was compassionate, caring and sincere, an excellent funeral director, who was gifted in family services. He touched the lives of so many in the nearly three decades he helped families in the loss of their loved ones. Chris was seven weeks old when his family lost a sister. A ministry of compassion and encouragement became life long for him when his family was often the first visitor to a home of grief with food, an encouraging word and prayer. Chris was an old soul who knew how to comfort with a hug. He was a man of character and integrity. As a student of Webster Jr. High he received commendation for honesty and integrity. The one true treasure of his life and his greatest accomplishment was his son, Aidan Christopher Hunter, who is 11. Father and son were rarely apart. They had a special bond from birth admired by many.
Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, Longino Frasier, Jodie and George Vaughn, Lillian Brown Hunter and Virgil Hunter; father, Robert (Bob) Hunter; sister, Dorothy Lynn Eldridge; and brother-in-law, Steve Jones.
He is survived by his son, Aidan Hunter; wife, Holly Cleaver Hunter; stepson, David Gray all of Minden; mother, Kathryn Hunter of Minden; sister, Cindy Eldridge of Chandler, Texas; brother, David Eldridge and wife, Jeanette of Minden; sister, Terri Eldridge of Minden; sister, Lynn Hunter Jones of Minden; brother, Todd Hunter of Alexandria; former wife, Sharon Staggs Hunter and her children, Ryan and Mindy. He is also survived by special friend, Molly Perryman Bailey and her children, Marjorie and Logan.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at First Pentecostal Church in Minden. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at First Pentecostal Church in Minden, officiated by the Rev. Jeff Ramsey, the Rev. Jimbo Yocom, the Rev. Debbie Woods and the Rev. Jeff Hoffman. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Chris’ Rose-Neath family for their friendship and loyalty. Special thanks to Valerie Carr and his Arcadia staff.
Pallbearers will be Tony Hall, Scott Hendrick, Mitchell Shirey, Mickey Tomlin, Michael Elshout and Phillip Tanner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathon Guthrie, Tracie McCann, Steven Tomlin, Steve Lemmons, Kyle Swain Logan Bailey and David Gray.