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Ernest Bryant Hunt

December 27, 1945October 31, 2020
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Ernest Bryant “Chuck” Hunt, born December 27, 1945 in Oxford, NC to Charles Bryant, Jr. and Pauline Newton Hunt.

After high school he joined the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam. He later continued his military career in the Army Reserve. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his distinguished military service and retired as a Major.

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in Industrial Relations. He then began his career as a state employee during which time he served with SEANC as 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and President. After thirty plus years of dedicated service to various agencies with the state of North Carolina he retired as the personnel director of the Department of Revenue and was awarded the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Dorothy “Dot” Hunt, daughter Pam and husband Tommy Bobbitt, daughter Lara and husband Randy Rose, granddaughter Sarah and husband Ryan Deese, grandson Tommy Bobbitt, sister Brenda Askew and nephews and wives Britt and Lou Lou Askew and Craig and Lori Askew.

There will be a private family service held at Oakwood Cemetery on Friday, November 6. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Arrangements with Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC.

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Gail Warren

November 13, 2020

Brenda, I was saddened to read about Chuck in the Ledger. I have many fond memories of him and you as well. I also remember your mother fondly. It's so sad to be losing so many of our classmates. Hope to maybe see you one day. Love, Gail Ashworth Warren.

Charlie Pritchett

November 9, 2020

Mrs Hunt,
I knew Chuck for many years in the military and only learned of his death in the past few days. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Sincerly, Msg Charles Pritchett

Ramey Powell

November 9, 2020

Mr. Hunt was respected for his knowledge, humor and keen wit that provided invaluable guidance to the Department of Revenue. It was a privilege to have known him. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Hunt, Lara and all his family.

Respectfully,
Ramey Powell

Shirley Bell

November 5, 2020

I met Chuck in the early 80's, when I became more than just a card carrying member of the State Employees Association. Because we both worked for the Division of Health Services in Raleigh, we were assigned to the same district. Chuck was serving in a leadership role in the district, at the time, and he very quickly put me to work. Sometimes I would think that Chuck thought I was a personnel employee because he often included me in meetings with other personnel persons. Over the years, he supported me in my efforts to move up in the ranks within the district, and then within the association itself at the statewide level. In retirement, Chuck would come to the annual meetings and serve as my parliamentarian. We talked periodically to discuss state government and SEANC, and the changes witnessed within both.
He will be missed by all of us who had an opportunity to interact with him.

Stephen Davis

November 5, 2020

I am deeply saddened to learn of Chuck's death. My first job in state government was in a position Chuck had just left when he was promoted. Following Chuck in this position in the NC Division of Health Services resulted in developing a close personal and professional relationship with him. He was never too busy to offer guidance and to share his expertise in the analysis and classifications of jobs with me. I had a great teacher and mentor. Chuck's imprint on state government is indelible not just because of his success in human resources but also because of his steadfast advocacy for state employees as a former SEANC President. I will always remember the jokes he cracked as well as his very wry sense of humor - he was highly respected and much admired in so many ways. He will be missed, but he sure left an important legacy as a skilled HR administrator and champion for state employees.

Ronnie Condrey

November 5, 2020

I first met Chuck in the late 1970's. We were fellow HR Division Managers at North Carolina DHHS. (At that time it was referred to as Division Personnel Managers at the Department of Human Resources). Chuck was older and more experienced and helped me to grow in the job. We became friends and stayed friends for over 40 years, along with too many other HR employees from the old "DHR" days to mention in this message. You know who you are. Chuck and I shared many good times together, usually with other HR employees from the days in DHHS or from the Department of Insurance when we worked there together. Chuck was a people person and always well liked. He was very active in the State Employees Association and became President. I remember vividly the convention at which he was elected in Charlotte. He was an excellent SEANC President and worked closely with Governor Hunt on issues of interest to state employees. He had experience working with DHHS, Insurance, and the Department of Revenue. Chuck became good friends with former Insurance Commissioner Jim Long and they shared many laughs. In addition to his career as a state employee and SEANC leader
, Chuck was also very proud of his military and reserve service. At the top of his list though, was his family. He was very happy with his wife Dot and always so proud of his daughters. I will miss Chuck and the many good times we had together.

Paul Malantonio

November 5, 2020

I was not fortunate enough to meet Mr. Hunt, but I have the honor to work with , Lara. My heart and prayers go out to your family.

Donna West

November 4, 2020

I was not fortunate enough to meet Mr. Hunt, but I know his wonderful daughter, Lara. If he was anything like her, I know he was a very kind and loving guy. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Looks like you have many wonderful memories to cherish.

JoAnna McDaniel

November 3, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss! Bryant was a good friend to many of our classmates. He had such a kind spirit and ready smile. It was always fun to be on his side in a neighborhood snowball fight.

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Biography

Ernest Bryant Hunt whom we all know as Chuck, was like many recent graduates from high school during the middle 60’s found their way into the military. Chuck chose the USAF. This was of course during the buildup of resources in Vietnam. Chuck was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was the one responsible for a large 4 engine heave duty transport plane with the responsibilities as the load master. You simply did not get on “his” plane until you were cleared by him or schedule a cargo run until Chuck was involved as the load master and you got his OK. In this capacity, Chuck and other crewmen made several runs from the Philippines as their home base to Vietnam. While being “in country” in Vietnam, Chuck recounted often about having to run for a bunker if “Charlie” decided to mortar the air field where his plane was being refueled and loaded for the return trip to the Philippines.

After his separation from the USAF in December 1968, Chuck took advantage of the GI Bill to pay for his graduation from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Industrial Relations. With the completion of his degree from UNC, Chuck was able to accept employment in his field of Personnel Administration were the opportunity was shared to continue his military service. Chuck applied for and was offered a Direct Commission as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. During his numerous years of service, Chuck was involved in the management of training programs for the Army Reserves for those entering into the ranks. Chuck was promoted and received training to make it possible for him to be promoted into the “Field Grade” ranks. The most notable of which was The Command and General Staff College and the War College. Chuck chose to retire from The Reserves with the Field Grade rank of Major. Chuck felt blessed that he had the opportunity to serve his country in two elite programs, the USAF and the United States Army Reserve.

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