June 5, 1935 ~ September 19, 2009
Alex A. A. Hunter
The legacy one leaves behind is the truest representation of the life they have lived. For Alex Arthur Amos Hunter that legacy is a committed family and the inspiration to pursue a happy and healthy life while being of service to others. Alex believed in living everyday of his life to its fullest. He was well known on the streets of Temecula for his daily power walks, often times surpassing younger people who had to sprint to keep up. His commitment to fitness started in his youth which included Sunday basketball games with his 'homeboys' from Crowley who had also moved to Los Angeles. Alex exercised and conscientiously maintained a healthy diet encouraging his family and friends to modernize their southern diet to support better health and longevity.
In addition to taking care of his physical body, Alex's legacy includes a demonstrated commitment to exercise his mind. Alex was always reading, watching the educational programs, having intellectual debates with family and friends and taking on an assortment of business ventures. Alex had a quick wit and great sense of humor and was known for numerous witty sayings that will be forever remembered by his children, family and friends. Alex shared his time and energy generously to bring joy and comfort to his family and friends. He encouraged others to take care of themselves physically and intellectually.
Alex Arthur Amos Hunter nicknamed "Babee", "Triple A" or "Trip", was born on June 5, 1935 in Crowley, Louisiana. He was born to Annie Mae Pete (Hunter) David and Reverend James Isaac Hunter. Alex took great pride in being a role model to his younger siblings Olivia Monroe (Gus) and Bryon David (Jamesetta). According to his little sister Olivia, he was the best big brother you could have even when he teased them and made them call him "Mr. Babee". Alex was a kind and compassionate person. He was always attentive to the needs of his immediate family and extended family - including lifelong friends. A protector and sometimes provider for many of the people in his lives Alex was always willing to help. Alex did not hesitate to care for his aunts when they became unable to care for themselves. He demonstrated the same commitment to caring by continuing to house and care for his mother-in-law after the passing of his beloved wife.
Immediately after graduation from Ross High School in 1953 he joined the ranks of the United States Air Force. He served from 1953-1958 and then relocated to California after an honorable discharge. In California - his life was forever changed when he met the younger sister of one his air force buddies. Williesteen happened across his path and it was like lightening. Alex and Williesteen (deceased) wed in September 1959 and were married for 40 years. Together they raised 3 children - with love, discipline and a lot of laughter. Alex determined that his family Jeffrey Hunter (Donna), Debra Holloway (Steven), and Delita (John) would be close knit. When the time came he welcomed their
spouses to the family with the same love and attention he gave his own children. He devoted a big part of his time with his grandchildren: Jeremey, Alexanda, Delohn and Donovahn. It was common to find Alex across state lines taking his grandkids "Trick or Treating", sitting at a ballpark; or swinging in a swing with his precious little Allie. Alex Hunter knew that 'it' mattered. He sought to do his best and encouraged those around him to also do their personal best. He was thoughtful frequently considering what would delight his wife and children.
More than a "brother-in-law" Alex shared a close relationship with his wife's siblings: Floyd Jr. (Edwenia); Girlene (Joe); Benjamin (Mary); Elgin (Lois); and Perry Madison (Wanda). Yearly outings will be cherished by all from the weekend Vegas runs to the boys' day out at the Race track. Alex was the official meat carver at the numerous family gatherings shared with his California relatives.
Attending Catholic School, regular church service and daily practice (encouraged by his mother and Junius David his stepfather) Alex developed his faith, life principles and personal discipline that provided solid and consistent Christian guidelines for his life. His choices were purposeful -Alex was thoughtful about his choices making sure they were consistent with his goals and personal standards.
Alex took pride in mentoring his great nephews and nieces. Uncle Hunter always had time for the young ones and encouraged them to seek to be successful 'people'. He sought to encourage them to act with dignity, integrity and to always strive to achieve their personal best. In what seemed an effortless way he modeled the behaviors of a committed Christian MAN. He was conscientious about his dress, language, and relationships with others. He was willing to be of service to God. He set the standards of dress code and personal grooming. Insisting that the young men take pride in their heritage and the importance of obtaining a higher education. And sometimes encouraging a little vanity as a good thing - well manicured hands, French cuff shirts with cuff links, shoes polished to a spit shine.
Alex will be missed by all those who knew him
A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Inglewood Chapel on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.
The funeral Mass will be held at St. Philomena Catholic Church on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood.
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