Jay Hunter (c1947 - 2009)
Above baby Jay with parents. Dick and Jeannette Quintal Hunter.
While at the pre-Varner Reunion get together yesterday I received a phone call. My first cousin Jay Hunter had died the day before, Sunday, March, 22, 2009. Jay’s real name was James Richard Hunter, Jr. I think Jay was probably short for Junior.
Jay was the oldest of twelve children. He was a building contractor and a semi-professional singer. He sung a Gordon Lightfoot – folksy style.
Once Anna and I were strolling in Underground Atlanta and came upon a lounge with folk music coming from inside. The poster on a tripod outside said something to the effect of featuring Jay Hunter. We went in and got a table and had a drink.. He recognized me and came over and told us about his latest adventures.
Years following that night we stumbled on him singing at Kennesaw College and a rib house.
I always enjoyed talking to Jay hearing what was new in his life. He has had few dull moments and I think he had a yearn to roam. Once one of his sisters told me the only time she knew where he was when she was looking at him.
To me Jay had a rare positive upbeat way about him, much like his father. We will miss him.
Unfortunately, his mother Jeannette had to endure two sons’ deaths. The next oldest son, Frank died in 2003
Standing - Jay, on the right, talking to his brother Don, also standing
Jay sitting with his new bride Beverly and birthday boy Bus Hunter, our uncle.