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Dorothy Louise Hunter

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Dorothy Louise Hunter, 86, passed away Sept. 29, 2020.  She was born June 10, 1934, in Athens to the home of Ealy Nelson Ballard and Gladys Jewel Eddleman Ballard.
Dorothy Hunter, the wife of J.J. Hunter, was a woman who was the mother to four sons, John Hunter, Chris Hunter, Jay Hunter, and Jeff Hunter. She was a stay at home mom and enjoyed working in her vegetable garden, mowing the grass, and caring for her plants and flowers. She had a love for animals, especially her cats Roscoe, George, Bethany, Stormy and Cleo.
During her life, Dorothy loved to babysit children. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Mabank, where she taught Sunday school for the two and three-year-olds for several years, then became a Sunday school teacher for the toddlers and worked in the Nursery for several years. She also helped with Vacation Bible School with the two and three-year-olds. She also worked several years in the nursery for the Presbyterian Church in Mabank.
Dorothy was a member of Tops. She enjoyed sending out cards, whether for a birthday, thinking of you, friendship, Christmas, etc.  Whatever the occasion, she had a card on hand.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband J.J. Hunter and brother W.D. (Willie D) Ballard.
She is survived by sons John Curtis Hunter and wife Judy of Mabank, Robert Christopher Hunter of  Mabank, Jeffrey Craig Hunter of Fresno, Calif., and Joseph Jay Hunter and wife Faith of Austin, grandchildren Jessica French of Tool, Brandon Hunter and wife Mackenzie of Longview and Tiffany Hunter of Mabank, great-grandchildren Breiden Grubbs of Tool and Oran Hunter of Longview, sister Jo Stone and husband Arliss of Grand Saline and sisters-in-law Jessie Ballard of Dallas and Dorothy Stoval of Point and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service was held Oct. 3, 2020, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank. Senior Pastor Larry Strandberg with First Baptist Church in Mabank officiated for the Hunter family. Arrangements were made at the direction of Moorhead Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.  To leave an online condolence, please visit

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