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Guy Hunt

FROM THE BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF PRIMITIVE OR OLD SCHOOL BAPTIST MINISTERS BY DAVID MONTGOMERY AND MARK GREEN:

ELDER GUY HUNT

I was born in Cullman County, Ala., on June 17, 1933. My parents were Elder and Mrs. W. O. Hunt. In August of 1946, I united with Mt. Vernon Church. In February of 1951, I was married to Helen Chambers. We have four children.I began taking part in the service at Mt. Vernon in 1953. I entered the U. S.Army in 1954 and served until 1956. I was ordained in September 1958 to the work of the ministry.

 

Like many others, I cannot tell the time I first realized I had a love for the Lord.My first notice was a dear love for the church. I do not know when I first began to note a fear that I was called to preach. I do recall a time at the age of 15 when one of our elders was left by himself on a Saturday. He asked several of the brethren to introduce service for him. He did not ask me. I was very glad he did not, for I found at that time my thought was, if he called on me I must get up an do the best I can.

 

From that time forward, I carried a heavy burden until Elder E. B. Watts asked me to take a part in the service when I was 19. Since that time I have tried to do what I was called upon to do in serving God's people. I find there to be as a fire shut up within me, from which I find no relief except in the service of God's people and praising Him. I hope I am not deceived in the entire matter. The Lord has been good to me.

 

NOTE: The preceding was taken from Identity of the True Baptist Church, published by Elder Wiley Sammons. Elder Hunt served for many years as the moderator of the Mt. Zion Association, has traveled widely among our people and dearly loved and respected by them. He served as Probate Judge of his home county of Cullman, and was twice elected Governor of the state of Alabama.

Memorial Letter respecting the late Elder Guy Hunt, Primitive Baptist Minister, by Elder Samuel Bryant.

A Prince Has Fallen In Israel
(II Samuel 3:38)
 
On January 30th, 2009, Elder Guy Hunt’s spirit departed from his frail body about 3:30 in the afternoon after a long battle with cancer. As he neared the moment of departure from this world his wife requested we sing one of his favorite hymns, written by Elder R.H. Pittman, “The Lord Has Been So Good to Me I Want to Sing His Praise.” Brother Guy had joined the saints many times in worship on this earth. Now he would be free in spirit to join that heavenly host and praise and worship God in perfection.
 
As we viewed his lifeless body, it was good to know his suffering was over. He had fought a good fight and he had finished his course. He had kept the faith, and he had received an honorable discharge as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. His death is a great loss to so many, but for him, it was a great gain. “To depart and be with Christ is far better.”  I was happy for Brother Guy. These words came to my mind. “There shall I bathe my weary soul in seas of heavenly rest, and not a wave of trouble roll across my peaceful breast.”
 
However, I felt a great sadness as I contemplated what his death would mean to Primitive Baptists. He never wavered in his love and devotion to Primitive Baptists. His love for Christ and his courageous defense of the truth caused Primitive Baptists to love him and trust him.  He was very thankful to be a Primitive Baptist and he was never happier than when he was with them in a good gospel meeting.
 
On June 14th, 2008, a large number of people met at Mt. Vernon Church to help celebrate Bro. Guy’s 75th birthday. We also honored him that same day for 50 years of faithful service as an ordained minister for the Primitive Baptists. According to 1 Timothy 5:17, we are to give double honor to those elders that rule well and labor in the word and doctrine. During those fifty years Brother Guy had earned the honor Primitive Baptists bestowed on him.
 
The day after his death, I received this note from a Primitive Baptist in North Carolina. She said, “We heard that Brother Guy passed away; although I am glad his suffering is over, and he has gone on to see that face he so lovingly and eloquently preached about for so many years, I am saddened by the loss of this man and what he meant to Primitive Baptists around the country. I pray God will send us more men like him.” I think she spoke for Primitive Baptists from coast to coast.
 
Brother Guy was also loved and respected by he people of Alabama. He was constantly being asked to conduct weddings and funerals by people of many different faiths across the state. He was known in the neighborhood where he lived all his life as an honest and hardworking man. He was a farmer. In his younger days, he cut pulpwood to help provide for his family. He ran chicken farms. He sold Amway. He raised cattle. He loved to work in his large fruit orchards and vegetable garden. He loved life and he enjoyed his work on this earth.
 
On February 4th, 2009 there was a State Memorial service held at 11:00AM at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama. It was estimated that there were over 1,000 people in attendance. The present Governor of Alabama and the Attorney General and the Secretary of State along with other state officials spoke at this service and honored him as a great statesman. Each one spoke about the contributions he made to the state of Alabama while he served as Governor. He was remembered as the country preacher who became Alabama’s first Republican chief executive since reconstruction in 1872, helping to create a two-party system in the state. It was stated, “As governor of Alabama, he took a hands on approach to recruiting new industry to Alabama and, in his first year in office, was named one of the nation’s top governors by US News and World Report”. One of Brother Guy’s favorite slogans was “Alabama is open for business.” According to these state officials Alabama prospered greatly during his administration and he was reelected to serve a second term.
 
 I was moved to tears as these high ranking officials explained how Brother Guy had been unfairly treated during his second term and was removed from office in1993. They told about the full pardon he received in 1998 based on his innocence. They reminded us that those politicians responsible for Brother Guy being removed from office were voted out of office during the next election. The Secretary of State said Elder Hunt “was a man who was falsely accused and wrongly convicted because of partisan politics.”
 
A state historian had asked Brother Guy how he would like to be remembered as the governor of Alabama. He said, “The thing that would thrill me the most is if every fourth-grade student in this state who reads Alabama history someday will have the understanding that I was an honest governor who ran an honest administration and would not knowingly violate the letter or the spirit of the law. That’s what’s important to me.”
 
The State Memorial Service lasted for one hour. There was a brief intermission and then we met for the funeral service at 12:30 P.M.  Elder Hunt had requested that Elders James Isaacs and Heath Williams and I conduct his funeral service. I spoke first. I mentioned two of the defining qualities of his life; humility and gratitude. He was clothed with humility and I never knew a more grateful man. I spoke briefly about a lot of the blessings he had received from the good hand of God, the greatest being the gift of eternal life through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. 
 
 I concluded my remarks by describing how clear he was in preaching the truth. He did not speak with a forked tongue. He was set for the defense of the gospel. He stood like a stonewall. He never compromised on the essential doctrine of our faith. He used his considerable influence to defend the truth. He stood in love, but he stood and having done all, he stood. I believe he would have stood by himself, if necessary, for the truth he loved. Such men are invaluable to the church.
 
 
Elder Isaacs spoke from 11 Timothy 2:10. He talked about some of the things Elder Hunt had endured for the elect’s sake, that they might enjoy a temporal salvation here in time in addition to eternal glory. He showed how this salvation in time is conditional on the minister’s obedience to endure whatever is required of him and go wherever providence leads him. It is also conditional on the children of God obeying the gospel. A lot of God’s children were saved from many of the evils and deceptions of this world through Brother Guy’s faithful preaching of the word.
 
Brother Guy loved and defended this truth concerning conditional time salvation. He wrote these words in his introduction to the book, “The Best of Elder Guy Hunt,” published by Elder Harold Hunt in 2007.  “Thus, when people began to assail the doctrine of a time, or now salvation, based on our obedience, by saying it is a tradition that only has been believed by our people for less than 100 years, I not only have the Bible to prove they are deceivers, but I can go back more than 100 years with those of my own family to show the things most surely believed among us.”
 
Elder Heath Williams, Brother Guy’s grandson, spoke lovingly about how during his childhood; he thought his grandpa would always be around. However, he pointed out that he knew Brother Guy was a sinner like all of us and he needed to be saved by the blood of Christ. He spoke of that great day when Jesus Christ will return to this earth and his grandfather’s body would live again, free from all disease and sin.
 
During the service, a group of Primitive Baptists sung some of the great hymns of our faith. Those hymns were beautiful and brought comfort to those who mourned. Knowing Brother Guy, he would have been very grateful for the speakers and the singing and for all those who attended the service.
 
His body was laid to rest that cold windy afternoon in the cemetery beside Mt. Vernon church to await the second coming of Jesus Christ. At the graveside Elder Dicky Halbgewachs read some scripture and offered prayer. There was a 21-gun salute. “Taps” was played. We heard “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, and the American flag was folded and presented to his son, Keith.
 
Beloved, although this dear man’s body is asleep in Jesus and his work on earth is over, many of us will continue to reap where he has sown and the memory of his faithful service in God’s kingdom will live on. May his life of devotion to Christ inspire us to be faithful until death. 
 
I would encourage everyone to please keep his wife and family in your prayers along with Gum Pond and Mt. Vernon, the churches he loved and served for so many years.
 
 
In loving memory,
 
 
Elder Sam Bryant
 



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