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OBITUARY

Dr. Philip Pryor "Phil" Hunter

February 10, 1948July 16, 2020
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Dr. Philip Pryor “Phil” Hunter, 72, of Greeneville, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 16, 2020, at his residence following a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease.

He professed his faith in Christ and was saved at age nine. He was a member of Christ United Methodist.

He was a graduate of Greeneville High School, and received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee; Knoxville in Agriculture. He then earned his Doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in Plant Pathology. He spent his career dedicated to the advancements in Agriculture and retired as Superintendent of the University of Tennessee Tobacco Experiment Station. He loved his community and served in various capacities including: the Exchange Club of Greeneville, where he helped faithfully each year with the Field Day activities that provided opportunities for kids of all ages across Greeneville/Greene County; the Ladies Classic basketball tournament charter member/organizer; Greene County Fair Board, where he served in many capacities such as President; he served not only his community but also those that had been struck with disaster through mission work in various states; he served in various Sunday School teaching roles at both Asbury and Christ U.M. churches; he loved gospel music and traveled routinely to listen to various groups; he served on various agriculture boards throughout the state and nation as well as other countries such as South America; he was an avid UT athletics fan; and most important – he was the best friend, dad, uncle, and poppy who would always light up the room when he was around!

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Stella Sauls Hunter; parents, Arnold and Lois Hunter; and parents-in-law, Frank and Blanche Sauls.

Survivors include his sons, Matthew and wife, Hannah, Hunter of Rogersville and Ben Hunter (Tessa) of Greeneville; grandchildren: Morgan and Noah Hunter of Rogersville and Ande Kate King and Harper Hunter (Jackson Owens) of Greeneville; sister-in-law, Mary Garland; one very special niece, Rachael (Casey) Cooper; very special and close family friends, Dr. Larry Trevathan (Joy) of O’Fallon, MO and Dr. Michael Bible (Karen) of Chuckey; special caregivers: Leslie Dishner, Tish Rittenour, Sarah Caldwell and the staff and nurses Smokey Mountain Home Health as well as the great doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt Neurology Center in Nashville, TN – all of which provided exceptional care and will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020, in the chapel at Kiser-Rose Hill in Greeneville. Rev. Matthew Hunter will officiate. Funeral services will be streamed live as well.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 21 at GreenLawn Memory Gardens at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, etc. - memorial contributions may be made to the Walters State Community College Agriculture Scholarship Fund in Phil’s name.

Pallbearers will be Ben Hunter, Noah Hunter, Seth Hayes, Andy Barnett, Dr. Larry Trevathan, Casey Cooper, and Fred Sorrells.

Honorary pallbearers are Buddy Yonz, Allen Jones, Mike Hayes, Mike Bible, Jim Collins, Bill Nunnally, and Tim Morgan.

  • FAMILY

  • Matthew Hunter (Hannah), Son
  • Ben Hunter (Tessa), Son
  • Morgan and Noah Hunter, Grandchildren
  • Ande Kate King, Grandchild
  • Harper Hunter (Jackson Owens), Grandchld
  • Mary Garland, Sister-in-law
  • Rachael Cooper (Casey), Very Special Niece
  • Dr. Larry Trevathan (Joy), Very Special Family Friends
  • Dr. Michael Bible (Karen), Very Special Family Friends
  • Leslie Dishner, Special Caregiver
  • Tish Rittenour, Special Caregiver
  • Sarah Caldwell, Special Caregiver
  • Staff and Nurses of Smokey Mountain Home Health, Special Caregivers
  • Great Doctors and Nurses at Vanderbilt Neurology Center, Special Caregivers
  • Stella Sauls Hunter, Beloved Wife of 50 years (deceased)
  • Arnold and Lois Hunter, Parents (deceased)
  • Frank and Blanche Sauls, Parents-in-law (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ben Hunter
  • Noah Hunter
  • Seth Hayes
  • Andy Barnett
  • Dr. Larry Trevathan
  • Casey Cooper
  • Fred Sorrells
  • Buddy Yonz, Honorary
  • Allen Jones, Honorary
  • Mike Hayes, Honorary
  • Mike Bible, Honorary
  • Jim Collins, Honorary
  • Bill Nunnally, Honorary
  • Tim Morgan, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • Walters State Community College Agriculture Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 20, 2020

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Memories

Dr. Philip Pryor "Phil" Hunter

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Susan Price

July 26, 2020

Thinking of your family at this time. When I was in 8th grade I broke my arm at Greeneville Junior High and Phil went with my dad and me to the ER. I will always remember his kindness to me and to my family not only then but many times through the years. Stella and Phil were wonderful people! Please accept my condolences.

Rick Shedden

July 20, 2020

Phil was truly one of a kind. His smile and laughter were infectious. No matter how long it had been since we had seen each other, we would greet each other with loud, boisterous ‘Bubba’!

I am honored to have been his friend.

Til we reunite in heaven, Bubba!

Jackie Neas

July 19, 2020

Many memories with the Hunter Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has endured great losses in such a short time. Praying for peace and comfort for each of you in the days ahead. Keep those memories alive by sharing with one another. Love to each of you.

Tim Sorrells

July 18, 2020

So blessed to have known Phil and his family through the years. Thankful his earthly fight is done. Love to all the Hunter family.
Tim and Tracy Sorrells

Mike and Mandy Franklin

July 18, 2020

Our hearts are broken to lose such a fine man, and devoted long-time friend. May the Lord bless each of you and give you comfort. 💙

Kay Heck

July 18, 2020

Dear Hunters, So very sorry for your loss. Our hearts break for you all as you are still grieving from losing Stella earlier this year. Phil has left an amazing legacy including his children & grandchildren. We pray for comfort, strength, & peace today & in the days to come. 💙

Mike and Kay Hayes

July 18, 2020

Simply put, We loved Phil.
Certainly one of a kind
Blessed to know him and call him Friend❤️

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Biography

Dr. Philip Pryor “Phil” Hunter, 72, of Greeneville, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 16, 2020, at his residence following a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease.

He professed his faith in Christ and was saved at age nine. He was a member of Christ United Methodist.

He was a graduate of Greeneville High School, and received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee; Knoxville in Agriculture. He then earned his Doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in Plant Pathology. He spent his career dedicated to the advancements in Agriculture and retired as Superintendent of the University of Tennessee Tobacco Experiment Station. He loved his community and served in various capacities including: the Exchange Club of Greeneville, where he helped faithfully each year with the Field Day activities that provided opportunities for kids of all ages across Greeneville/Greene County; the Ladies Classic basketball tournament charter member/organizer; Greene County Fair Board, where he served in many capacities such as President; he served not only his community but also those that had been struck with disaster through mission work in various states; he served in various Sunday School teaching roles at both Asbury and Christ U.M. churches; he loved gospel music and traveled routinely to listen to various groups; he served on various agriculture boards throughout the state and nation as well as other countries such as South America; he was an avid UT athletics fan; and most important – he was the best friend, dad, uncle, and poppy who would always light up the room when he was around!

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Stella Sauls Hunter; parents, Arnold and Lois Hunter; and parents-in-law, Frank and Blanche Sauls.

Survivors include his sons, Matthew and wife, Hannah, Hunter of Rogersville and Ben Hunter (Tessa) of Greeneville; grandchildren: Morgan and Noah Hunter of Rogersville and Ande Kate King and Harper Hunter (Jackson Owens) of Greeneville; sister-in-law, Mary Garland; one very special niece, Rachael (Casey) Cooper; very special and close family friends, Dr. Larry Trevathan (Joy) of O’Fallon, MO and Dr. Michael Bible (Karen) of Chuckey; special caregivers: Leslie Dishner, Tish Rittenour, Sarah Caldwell and the staff and nurses Smokey Mountain Home Health as well as the great doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt Neurology Center in Nashville, TN – all of which provided exceptional care and will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020, in the chapel at Kiser-Rose Hill in Greeneville. Rev. Matthew Hunter will officiate. Funeral services will be streamed live as well.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 21 at GreenLawn Memory Gardens at 9 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, etc. - memorial contributions may be made to the Walters State Community College Agriculture Scholarship Fund in Phil’s name.

Pallbearers will be Ben Hunter, Noah Hunter, Seth Hayes, Andy Barnett, Dr. Larry Trevathan, Casey Cooper, and Fred Sorrells.

Honorary pallbearers are Buddy Yonz, Allen Jones, Mike Hayes, Mike Bible, Jim Collins, Bill Nunnally, and Tim Morgan.

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