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Rev. Frederick 'Rody' M. Hunt

Monday, July 25, 2011

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Rev. Frederick "Rody" M. Hunt passed away July 24, 2011, at 6:50 a.m., at the Exceptional Living Center in Brazil. He had been a resident there for a short time.

He was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Brazil, the son of Ross M. Hunt and Maryellen Tilley Hunt.

He graduated from Brazil High School.

As a young man, he worked at Arketex before entering the ministry in 1952. He and his mother, Rev. Marie Hunt, co-pastored at the First Apostolic Tabernacle in Brazil for many years.

Following her passing, Rev. Hunt stayed on at the church and also developed a prison mission work at Putnamville and Plainfield Correctional Facilities, which continues today.

On Oct. 8, 1988, Rev. Hunt was united in marriage to Rev. Helen Gilley Neal Hunt. Together, they have co-pastored the First Apostolic Tabernacle for the past several years.

Rody enjoyed fishing, hunting and target practice. His priority was his Faith, his family and his church family.

Survivors include his wife Rev. Helen Hunt, Brazil, daughter Carol Horton (Rev. Doug), Brazil, daughter-in-law Mary Grace Hunt, Knightsville, sister Mary Nell Hudson, St. Louis, grandchildren Cindy Rodgers (Andy), Melissa Dennany (Tim), Roberta Weil (Brad), Susan Burns, Rodney Dawes, great-grandchildren Jessica Weil, Jonathon Weil, Josh Shelley, Hannah Dawes, Sarah Burns, Ross Dawes, step-children Thomas (Julie) Neal and Gary Neal (Carolyn), Kentucky, step-grandchildren Douglas, Julianna, Carrie, Leah, Christopher, Izzak, Joshua, Brianna, Candace, Carrie, Derek and Tasia, several nieces, nephews and many brothers and sisters in Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rev. Harold Hunt, Rev. Billy Hunt, his first wife Elva Glasgo Hunt in 1988, and son Robert Hunt in 2005.

Services will take place Sunday, July 31, 2011, at 2 p.m., at the First Apostolic Tabernacle, 1029 W. CR 600 N., Brazil, with Brother Paul D. Mooney officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, from 4-8 p.m., at French Funeral Home, and again Sunday, from noon-2 p.m., at the church.

Donations may be made in his memory to the church and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.