Mary Alice Hunsucker

December 11, 1929June 30, 2019

Mary Alice Brittain Hunsucker, age 89, of Newton passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Born December 11, 1929 in Edgefield County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Ted Carlo Brittain and Mary Alice Prescott Brittain.

Mary was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont, NC, where she was a member of the LWML, former Sunday School teacher, supporter of the church benevolence fund, and was a regular attendant at the Wednesday morning bible study. She was an avid sports fan, especially cheering on the Atlanta Braves and UNC Tarheels. Mary loved attending with her husband John, all sporting events involving her children and grandchildren. She was known for hosting her children and their friends during their school age years for an annual Easter egg hunt and numerous “back yard” sporting events every day after school. Mary loved to cook and her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, John Franklin Hunsucker, Sr.; sister, Betty Jeanne Brittain Hawn; and brother, Billy “Bill” Drew Brittain.

Survivors include her son, John Franklin Hunsucker, Jr. and wife Ellen of Denver, NC; daughter, Mary Ann Hunsucker Cooke and husband Chris of Conover, NC; sister, Mabel Brittain Lawing of Conover, NC; grandchildren, Eric Hunsucker, Laura Hunsucker, Blake Cooke and wife Whitney, Lindsey Cooke, and Doug Thornburg and wife Susan; great-grandchildren, Cohen Cooke, Alex Thornburg, and Katie Thornburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5759 Bolick Rd., Claremont, NC 28610. Rev. Eric Hollar and Vicar Morgan Lane will officiate and the family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service. A private committal service will be held prior to the service at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Bethel Lutheran Church, Benevolence Fund, 5759 Bolick Road, Claremont, NC 28610.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 7, 2019


Mary Alice Hunsucker

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Lila Kuehnert

July 5, 2019

Dear family of Mary Alice,
"What wonderful memories of your beloved mother".
I spent many years with your father and mother during our time on earth. We shared the good and not so good times together. Now they are face to face with our Heavenly Father Glorifying His Name.

Linda York

July 2, 2019

John & Ellen,
I'm so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She touched so many lives. Thinking of you and yours now and in the days ahead.
God bless you all.
Linda Hewitt York