Carter Hunt

February 26, 1922August 14, 2013
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Carter Hunt, 91, passed away August 14, 2013 in Fort Smith . He was born February 26, 1922 in San Pedro , CA . Carter graduated from University High School in Los Angeles , CA and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech,) in 1942. He was commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserves in April 1942, and was ordered to active duty in June, 1942. Carter was released to inactive duty as Lieutenant, April 1946.He married Shirley Rotermund in October 1945 and they shared fifty-one years together before she passed away in November 1996. Upon release from active Navy duty in April 1946, Carter joined Hiram Walker & Sons, Inc., Peoria , IL as a Chemical Engineer in research. In 1948 he advanced to Assistant Superintendent of the company’s San Francisco plant. He returned to Peoria in 1956 as Project Engineer. Carter held various management positions in Production and Purchasing, becoming Vice President and General Production Manager in 1979 with responsibility for all United States production operations. He was elected Executive Vice President in 1983. From 1977-1982 he was instrumental in the process of major changes in Hiram Walker’s U.S. production, which involved closure and sale of the Peoria plant; and design, construction, and start-up of the Fort Smith plant. Carter relocated to Fort Smith in 1981 and retired March 1, 1987. His previous business activities were: Director- Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasure- Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce; President- Manufacturing Executives Association, Ft. Smith , AR ; Director- Ft. Smith Industrial Foundation; Director- Merchants National Bank, Ft. Smith, AR; Steering Committee- Ft. Smith Comprehensive Plan (2001-2002). His many civic activities included: Director and Past Chair- Ft. Smith Area Community Foundation; Director and Past President- Ft. Smith Symphony; Member- United Way of Ft. Smith Committee of 21, from 1981-1984; Fund Drive Chairman- Ft. Smith Symphony, 1985; Campaign Vice Chairman- United Way of Ft. Smith, 1984 & 1985; Campaign Chairman- United Way of Ft. Smith, 1986; President- Leadership Fort Smith; Trustee- St. Edward Mercy Medical Center; Chairman- Ben Geren Regional Park Commission; Member- Fort Smith Advertising and Promotion Commission; City Director, Ward 3- City of Fort Smith, January 1, 1989 – December 31, 1996. Carter was awarded the Exceptional Accomplishment Award, 1988, Arkansas Community Development Program; Mayor’s Honors to the Visual and Performing Arts, 2003; the Jack White Outstanding Leadership Award, 2003, Leadership Fort Smith; the Lugean Chilcote Award for Extraordinary Service, 2003, Arkansas Community Foundation; and was awarded The Golden Deeds Award in 2012, by the Noon Exchange Club. He was a Member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church and other social activities include: Member- Rotary Club of Fort Smith; Member- Noon Civics Club; and he was a member of Hardscrabble County Club and The Town Club. He is survived by: two daughters, Karen Hunt Alexander of Ben Lomond, CA, and Marsha Hunt Condit and her husband Ward R. Condit of Mesa, AZ; one son, Gregory Hunt and his wife Mary Faith, of Quincy, IL; three grandchildren, Jessica Hunt, Logan and Taylor Alexander; granddaughter-in-law, Kate Hunt; and four great-grandchildren, Oscar, Abraham, Nora Jane, and Atticus Hunt. He is also survived by extended family, Teri Miller of Houston, TX . Carter was preceded in death by his grandson, Jason Hunt, and his half-sister, Barbara B. Clarke. Memorial Service will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 , at First Presbyterian Church, with private burial of cremains in Oak Cemetery . Services and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. The family will receive friends in the church parlor following the memorial service. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials may be sent to: Fort Smith Symphony, PO Box 3151, Fort Smith, AR 72913, or to Fort Smith Area Community Foundation, 5111 Rogers Avenue, Plaza Suites at Central Mall, Room 502, Fort Smith, AR 72903. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, August 20, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Joe Wasson

August 21, 2013

It was a honor to get to know Mr. Hunt as I interviewed him for the Fort Smith Historical Society oral history project. He was sharp and funny and kind. I saw him not long ago and was complaining about my aches and pains and he said he wished he was 90 again. What a guy....what a life!

August 20, 2013

Please accept my condolences in the passing of Carter. I knew him through our Noon Civics luncheons. He was a fine gentleman, and a big asset to our community. Sincerely, Fred Stecher

Sue Cooley

August 20, 2013

Carter was generous with his time and gifts to Fort Smith. I always enjoyed visiting with him at Fort Smith Symphony and Fort Smith Public Library events.

Bob Moody

August 19, 2013

Carter may have been from California but he conducted himself like a Southern Gentleman. The citizens of Fort Smith were fortunate to have Carter Hunt as one of our own for over 30 years. He was a respected community leader and a generous benefactor to many causes.

August 18, 2013

Carter was a great citizen of Fort Smith and a good friend. I always enjoyed being aroung him.

Birnie Harper