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Joan Hunter

February 27, 1935October 9, 2020
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Joan Wright-Hunter, beloved wife and mother, departed this world gracefully in her Texarkana home on Thursday evening at the age of 85. Born February 27, 1935 in Arkansas, Mrs. Hunter was a devout Catholic and longtime resident of Texarkana.

After graduating from St. Edward’s Catholic High School and attending Texarkana Community College, Mrs. Hunter became a registered radiology technolgist and worked for St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paris, TX, and Arkansas Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Joan immensely enjoyed her time as a volunteer Sunday school teacher at St. Edward’s Catholic Church. An avid golfer, she cherished many summers with family and friends at Little River Country Club in Winthrop, AR. In her youth Joan was a pitcher and shortstop for the Yellowjackets, Texarkana’s premier boy’s fast pitch softball team and the only female player in the league. She also played for the Smith-O-Lene Oilers women’s baseball team. Mrs. Hunter is welcomed in Heaven by her father, Lawrence Alfred Wright and mother, Mary Elizabeth Wright, as well as her two brothers Lawrence “Buddy” Wright and Kenneth Wright.

She leaves behind childhood sweetheart and husband of 61 years, Dr. George Rheamond Hunter, her sister Elaine Mitcham, brother-in-law Ray Mitcham, and sister-in-law Virginia Wright. With George, she is survived by her five children Rheamond Hunter and wife Lisa, Pat McGough and husband Mike, Tony Hunter and wife Marla, Mary Palmore and husband Steve, as well as John Hunter and wife Lori.

Her nine grandchildren, Courtney Fields, Erin Hunter, Ben and Dan McGough, Beau and Hannah Hunter, Kolby, Conner and Hollan Palmore, in addition to her three great-grandchildren and three special friends Beth Pedron, Sherry Young and Cindy Porter also miss her dearly.

Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. , Monday, October 12th, 2020 at East Funeral Home-Downtown Chapel with visitation to follow.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. , Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at St. Edwards Catholic Church with Rev. Lawrence Chellaian officiating.

Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Online tributes may be sent to In lieu of flowers, please donate to Watersprings Ranch or Opportunities Inc.


  • Rosary and visitation

    Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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Leisa Beaty Pearlman

October 17, 2020

Pat, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I remember her as such a nice lady. I know you will miss her terribly. I did not know she played softball on an all-boys team. That's impressive. Please take care.

Shannon McGough

October 13, 2020

Dr. Hunter and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your precious Joan's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Shelia Dukes

October 13, 2020

My condolences to Dr Hunter in the loss of your dear wife. May your previous memories of her as a devoted wife and mother help to heal your grief. May God bless and keep you
Shelia Dukes and family

Ed prudhomme

October 13, 2020

George: Our condolences. What a gift, Joan, the Lord blessed you with. Ed and Pennye Prudhomme

Algie Brewer

October 13, 2020

Dr. Hunter and Family, Thinking of you and praying for you at this difficult time. May faith give you strength, may prayers bring you comfort. Lifting your family in prayer. Algie Brewer RN

John Hay

October 12, 2020

Dear George and family,
My deepest Sympathy to you and the family. It’s been many years since I left Texarkana, but my memories of growing up with my cousins Joan and buddy and the family are great . I also remember you well . I am very sorry to hear of Joan ‘s passing, and wanted to let you know I am praying for her , you and the family.
May Joan Rest In Peace , and May Our Lord give you and the family the necessary strength to get through this most difficult loss.
Sincerely ,
John and Sue Hay

Donna Crump , Holmes

October 12, 2020

I very much remember as a child growing up , how we would sit and talk for hours! Always laughing! My Dad , Cecil Holmes was very close to Aunt Joan . Fun happy memory’s! Loved going to Church with her! May God Bless , her family that she was always their for! Peace Now!

Monica Mitcham

October 11, 2020

I am so sorry about your mother. I know she will be greatly missed. Her video tribute is beautiful. She looked like she sure loved and enjoyed her family. You and your family are in my prayers.
Monica Mitcham

Jody Schoen

October 11, 2020

My sincere condolences to George and family. I know Joan is now enjoying her new life!

David Pinkerton

October 10, 2020

What a wonderful lady....I'm blessed to have so many good memories of spending time in the Hunter household, especially during my high school years. Much love to the family during this very difficult time.


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