Rev. Jeremiah Hunter

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Pastor Jeremiah Hunter was born June 20, 1938 in Omaha, GA to the late Moses and Eula Lee Hunter. He passed away Friday, April 1, 2022 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, OH. After growing up in Omaha, Jeremiah attended Lumpkin High School and at the age of 17, Jeremiah moved to St. Petersburg, FL. It was there he joined New Jerusalem Baptist Church and later received his Certificate of Ordination in 1966.
In 1970 he moved to Ohio and later became a member of Valley Baptist Church, Wheatland, PA where he was blessed to serve as an Associate Minister until called to Pastor at 1st Baptist Church, Wellsville, OH. He was pastor there for four years before being called to Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Midland, PA where he served for 11 years. Jeremiah was then called to Mt. Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, Johnstown, PA until his retirement in 2013 and subsequent move to Bainbridge, GA to be closer to his last surviving sibling.
Over the years Jeremiah attended and graduated from several seminary programs including the American Baptist Theological Seminary in January 1983, where he received a Certificate in Christian Training and a Diploma in Theology in May 1984 from the same institution. Still in further pursuit of excellence in the study of the Word, he received a Bachelor of Theology in April, 1986 from the International Bible Institute and Seminary. While “Grandpa” loved to sit for hours reading, studying the bible for himself, his greater joy seemed to be preparing sermons and compiling lessons for his “students”. Even after moving to Ohio because of health reasons, he continued to compile and distribute lessons to those whom he had encountered over the years that shared his passion for learning the word. His final lesson was sent out only a couple days before his passing. But those who knew him were aware there was still another passion that was dear to him and that was–Sports.
While he would occasionally talk of playing baseball as a youngster saying how he loved playing baseball as a kid, he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan and really enjoyed watching the games –even the older games from years gone by. He would give his analysis of games, players, draft picks and so forth. Yes, he was quite knowledgeable regarding the dynamics of each of his favorite past times.
Jeremiah is survived by his wife, Thelma Hunter; Sister, Betty (Thomas) Friendella; daughter, Vicki (Meaka) Ashley, Richwood, OH, sons, Marion (Ginger) Styles, Akron, OH, Timothy Hunter, Hilliard, OH; Grandsons Lorenzo (LaVerna) Styles, Andre’ (Victoria) Ashley; granddaughter Marisia Styles, and Alexandria Styles; 7 grandchildren; Daughter from previous marriage, Angelia (Fernois) Hunter-Bradberry of St. Pete., FL; granddaughter Tiara Bradberry, grandsons Fernois Bradberry, Jr., Javaris (Ashley) Bradberry, Jeremiah Bradberry, and 10 great-grandchildren; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Jeremiah was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charlie and Calvin Hunter, sisters, Barbara Bogan, Mildred Booker, and Floretha Hunter, four grandsons: Malcolm and Thomas Styles, Meaka Ashley, III and Maurice Stewart.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

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Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    May God comfort you through his word the Bible and the gift of prayer. Thinking of you all.

    • Rev. Dr. Lamar D. Lee, Jr.

      During my intro to the Johnstown community 1997, Dr. Hunter stood at the mic and pledged his support and patriarchal covering for Vada and I. We were true neophytes to the pastorate without a clue of the demands and sacrifices we would be undertaking. It was Dr. Hunter and Sis. Hunter who God had dispatched to our care, that provided our support, oversight and familial connection, while we traveled multiple times a week to First Cambria AME Zion.
      Dr. Hunter became my spiritual surrogate challenging and instructing my Biblical, theological standing, inspiring my diligence to the primacy of Scripture and sharing his joy and laughter.

    • Dr. Ollie Jones

      Praying for and your family in the loss of your father. May God keep and sustain you around this difficut time
      Much Love

  2. Sending prayers and condolences for our family in the loss of my brother-in-law. May God strengthen my Sister during this time. Sincerely, the Gadson family.

  3. Beverly Jo Earnest

    You and your family have our deepest sympathy.
    John and Beverly Earnest

  4. Kathryn Lester

    To Sister Hunter, my friend,my family the love Rev Hunter showed our family was like that of a great Man of God first, then we love you and him as family.He will live on in our Hearts,I wish my sincere condolences and continued prayers to you and family

  5. Thomas H. Williams Sr.

    A true testimony to being lead by the conviction of faith. I will always love that about you uncle. Watch over us now and guide us from the cosmos.

  6. Rev. Clarressa Thompson

    We mourn with you in the great loss of your loved one. May God’s peace comfort you during this most difficult time.

    Yours in Christ,
    Rev. Thompson, Overseer
    Rev. Jeremy Beckhon
    True Healing Fellowships
    Columbus, Ohio 614.785.9828

  7. Bishop David March

    Bishop David March Undeniminational House of God Church Sis hunter my prayers are with you , I’ve admired him for all these years , I know you will hold your faith . we all are praying for your lost . Amen

  8. Terri C. Jackson

    The Jackson Family of Bainbridge, GA would like to give their sincerest condolences to Sis. Thelma Hunter and family. We do pray GOD provides you with great peace during this moment and hour of bereavement. We truly care and are very, very sorry for this and your GREAT loss. May Jesus Kee you in JESUS HOLY NAME…..AMEN❤️ Love, Mario, Terri, Mario Jr., and Jaylin Jackson….

  9. Marcella Holloway

    Sending condolences to Mrs. Thelma Hunter and family, from my gram, Gersielee Thompson, James and Marcella Holloway of Lehigh Acres, Fl.

  10. Jacqueline Chase & Family

    Sending our condoléances and prayers to thé Hunter family for your loss
    Rev Hunter will be missed
    May God wrap you in his comforting arms easing your pain and sorrow.

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