Richard Herman Hunnicutt

June 8, 1945July 20, 2011

Richard Herman Hunnicutt, age 66, of Hixson passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in a local health care facility. He was born in Chattanooga June 8, 1945 to the late Herman and Gertrude Hunnicutt.

He was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Hunnicutt was retired from the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant after 33 years of service. After retirement he was employed with Tetratech for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Charlene Hunnicutt; daughters, Holly (Matt) Martin; Heather Hunnicutt; grandson, Sawyer Martin; sister, Rita (Robert) Hamilton all of Chattanooga;

Funeral services will be held Friday at 9:00 a.m. in the North Chapel with Father Charlie Burton officiating. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 6221 Shallowford Road, Suite 102, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421.

In honor of Richard, take a friend out to lunch and tell them a good story to make them laugh.

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee.

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  • Visitation Thursday, July 21, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 22, 2011

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Jim Coleman

August 20, 2011

To all of "Rick's" family:
45 years ago I served with "Rick" (as we then knew him) in the 9th Engineer Battalion in Chu Lai, Viet Nam. He was a brave and principled Marine...a trustworthy friend...a sincere and thoughtful young man... and a smart and humorous gentleman. It was my honor to have served with and known him. I have a hunch these qualities well endured for these last 4 and half decades.
I salute you, Rick. And your dear family.
Semper Fidelis.

Kyle Russell

July 25, 2011

Just got word of Richard's passing. I worked with him several years at the VAAP site while he was with Tetra Tech. Richard took us under his wing and taught us so much about the history of the site. His humor and hardwork was a great trait I know he passed on to alot of us who had the pleasure to work with him. You couldn't be in a bad mood around him, that was just the way he rubbed off on you. You fought the good fight brother. You will be missed.

Nicole Eigelsbach

July 25, 2011

Dear Hunnicutt Family,
I am terribly sorry for the loss of Mr. Hunnicutt. A very long time ago, him, his wife and daughters lived across the street from me when I was a little girl. They were the sweetest people and I remember making pies with the daughters who treated me like their age even though i was much younger than them. I can't completely remember him but I'm sure he was part of many happy days I had playing in his yard. So my thoughts are with you, and I'd be lying if I said I haven't cried over this..even though it's been so long. You will forget what they said, but you'll never forget the way they made you feel.

Alice Wright Nieburger

July 24, 2011

Just to let you know that Richard is being remembered across the USA in these past few days. I was in his class at Brainerd HS. There is quite a remembrance of him on our Brainerd High School 60's FB page. He was a fun person with a great personality back then. We all have fond memories of him. God bless your family and may you know He will keep you strong through this time of grief.

Jimmy Rosenbloom

July 23, 2011

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend Richard's funeral. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Richard during his adult life, but have heard many good things about him from my friends. We go way back to the time (1940's and 50'
s) we were all happy kids. I remember Dicky and Rita lived in a big house with a huge yard in Highland Park. Dicky was a cute little boy and head strong. He wasn't afraid to do anything. Herman had a full time job keeping him in check. Rita was a Tomboy from the word go. She had Fiery curly red hair and could do most anything a boy could, and would. She always looked after her little brother Dicky. I don't think the front door to their house was ever locked, as we (Curtis Sheldon, Lewis Fletcher,Carl Ziegler,Grady Robinson,Jim McCord,my dog Blackie, and all the neighborhood kids) all enjoyed going to Dicky's house.
I am fortunate to have many fond memories of the Hunnicutts. I wish the family the best in this difficult time.

Bruce Lebovitz

July 23, 2011

Carol and I thought you and Richard were a special loving couple. Sorry we didn't get to see more of you lately. I did drive to the services at the cemetary yesterday but gallbladder removable the day before kept me from leaving the car.

The photos I just viewed really brought back memories and what a beautiful family you have. I will give you a call in a few days when things settle down. May Richard rest in peace.

Bob Dunn

July 22, 2011

While attending Highland Park Elementary 1952-'55, I knew Richard as Rita's brother Dicky. My thoughts go out to his family. RIP Dicky.

Janice Woodward

July 22, 2011

My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the family. I will always remember Richard "Dicky" with love as a smiling laughing individual that cared about everything. We were neighbors in Brainerd and went to school with each other. To Rita, God bless you and your extended family.

Janice (Brown) Woodward

John Miller

July 22, 2011

My heartfelt condolences to the Hunnicutt Family. Thank you Richard for the smiles and laughs that you gave everyone you met. You will be missed.

Ray Deering

July 21, 2011

Richard's charming personality and undying sense of humor made our Lambda Chi Alpha brotherhood at the University of Chattanooga richer and more entertaining. Rest in peace, brother.

Ray Deering, ZP272