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Daniel Hunt Sr.

Daniel Hunt Sr., 93, of Franklinton, NC, passed away this past Friday, January 3rd , 2020 at his home.

Daniel was born on March 19th, 1926 to F. Earle Hunt and Addie Breedlove in Oxford, NC. After graduating from Oxford High School, he joined the Navy rising to the rank of Pharmacist Mate 2C. After his discharge from the Navy he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from East Carolina University. He then went on to The Ohio State University earning a Masters degree in parasitology.

After graduation, he worked for the State Health Department lab in Easton, Maryland eventually directing two labs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

In 1964, he received a commission in the Public Health Service where he worked in Oxford, MD, Quonset Point, RI, Cincinnati, OH, and concluded his career in Washington, DC as a Captain. During his tenure with the USPHS he traveled extensively in the service of his country, including trips to Chile, Rome, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Mexico, and many trips to Korea.

In 1950, he met the love of his life, Jean Brownley. They were married in 1951 and enjoyed 68 years together going on to have 5 children, Andy (Patty), Laurie (John), Chris (deceased), Brett (Eileen), and Tim (Sue), 16 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Together Dan and Jean purchased a vacation home on Brier Island, Nova Scotia and enjoyed many wonderful summers there.

After retiring in 1982, Dan purchased his grandfathers farm in Wilton and built a home. He was a founding member of the Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association. He was also an active member of Banks United Methodist Church and The American Legion. He was a devoted husband and loyal friend. He loved puttering around the farm, drama, singing and story telling. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Banks United Methodist Church By Rev. Mark Gustofson and Andy Hunt. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 10:45 AM prior to the service at Banks United Methodist Church and at other times at the home.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Banks Fellowship Hall Building Fund, in care of Andrea Bullock, P.O. Box 1276 Creedmoor, NC 27522.


  • Suzanne Keil Posted January 6, 2020 12:11 am

    So sorry to learn of Dan’s death. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. It’s been a joy to live near his family farm. I am grateful for his and Jean’s kindness. Susie Keil

  • Mark Pace Posted January 6, 2020 1:51 pm

    A good friend of mine and a good friend of The North Carolina Room here at the Library. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Jo Posted January 6, 2020 4:20 pm

    Heartfelt condolences for the loss of such a warm character. His loss will be felt not only by Jean, the children, the grandchildren and the great grandchildren but by his whole extended family, friends and community. He will be missed.

  • Carl Lloyd Posted January 6, 2020 7:49 pm

    Dan and I were friends from first grade through navy school during WWII. Lost contact until ten or so years ago at our high school lunch when I visited Oxford. The lunch group will miss him.

  • Cathy Yancey Posted January 6, 2020 9:59 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Hunt’s passing. He was the best storyteller I have ever known! So thankful to have had the pleasure of knowing him.

  • Ally Dellea Posted January 6, 2020 10:10 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Love you, Mr. Dan.

  • James Macialek Posted January 7, 2020 1:02 am

    I was sadden to here of Dan’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him. Sending Love,Peace and Strength to you, Jean, and your Family. Thinking of you all. Love James

  • Mike Turner Posted January 7, 2020 8:22 am

    Jean and the Hunt Family
    I was very sadden to hear of your loss of your beloved Dan. When we talked a few days ago he seemed in such good spirits. He was a wonderful man with a heart the size of Texas. He (and Jean) gave so much of themselves to the founding of the Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association to educate younger generations on how people carved their way through life back in the 1800 and 1900’s. He was “one of a kind” and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
    Mike Turner

  • Priscilla McLamb Posted January 8, 2020 6:20 pm

    Jean and to the Hunt Family,
    Dan was one of a kind. Two years ago it was my pleasure to Honor the Military in which Dan Hunt and Kenneth Beal was our Grand Marshalls for the Stem Christmas Parade. Every meeting that we had and every event, Dan and Jean were always involved. Our last Fall Event for the Lord Granville Agriculture Heritage Association, while I was looking thru all the antiques, he came up and said do you know what this was used for? I looked up and he was all smiles and enjoyed telling me what it was. Dan was so much a gentleman, had so much knowledge of all the antiques from the past. Dan has been a Dear Friend for four years that I so looked forward to seeing him and Jean at the Meetings. Dan called me his Sweetheart and he said the meeting wouldn’t be complete unless I gave him a kiss on his cheek. Dan will be greatly missed from the LGAHA Club and I will also miss his cute smile and sweetness that he showed to everyone.

  • Laurie H Fitzgerald Posted January 9, 2020 11:54 pm

    On behalf of the entire Hunt family, I would like to say how grateful we all are for the support and love poured out to us by so many of Dad and Mom’s friends. Dad was extremely wealthy in friendships! Thank you for your kindness and prayers for Mom.

  • Chris North Posted January 10, 2020 10:28 pm

    Dan was GREAT man, one of my favorite people and best examples to follow in life! So full of life and moral character–never a dull moment with his stories and reflections. He is missed–and also remembered!

  • Denise Robanos Posted January 22, 2020 12:36 am

    I worked for Dan many, many years ago at the FDA (along with George Morrison & Dave Clem). He was incredibly intelligent, had a love for life and could weave a yarn better than anyone I knew. It was a joy working for him. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Cindy Bezant-Titus Posted February 3, 2020 5:13 pm

    Dan and Jean’s presence in their house on ‘The Point’ always signalled the start of summer. I was the quiet child who noticed and the woman who appreciated their ever present help at community events and their presence in the Westport Baptist Church choir. Dan’s love of singing was evident and brought a joy to all who were fortunate to have ears to hear. A part of my summers forever. My son had a great respect for Dan and treasures the few times they chatted, only wishing there was more opportunity. Dan’s passing is Brier Island’s loss. We are grateful for him. Cindy and family.

  • ina shea Posted February 4, 2020 1:09 pm

    I grew up a summer resident of Brier Island. Most days we’d walk down to The Point to watch the tide change or the boats come in. It was always nice to see the house full of Hunts.. Dan was a good man and he will be missed in Westport as well as elsewhere.

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