George Edgar Hunter


George Edgar Hunter passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Pensacola, Fla., at Baptist Hospital. He grew up in Cordova, Ala. and spent his childhood there with his parents, George Harlus Hunter and Drusilla Morton Hunter, and his siblings, Claude (Kate) Taylor, Christine (Winford) Sanders, Dewey (Elsie) Hunter, Allan (Evelyn) Hunter, and Elizabeth (Bobby) Holsombeck. 

He went on to graduate from Cordova High School in 1951. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and retired in 1972 to Pensacola, Fla. after 21 years of service. He married Melba Fielding in 1954. They had two children, George Edgar (Judith) Hunter, Jr. and Cynthia Hunter (Byron) Knowlton. They were married for 65 years.

George spent the remainder of his career managing restaurants, The Crosswinds Enlisted Club on Corry Station and Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse in Pensacola, Fla., and working as a chef at D’Andale’s and Cotton’s Seafood in Orange Beach, Ala. He had wonderful culinary talents, and he enjoyed feeding his family and friends. Everyone raved about his outstanding cooking ability.

George was preceded in death by his father, Harlus Hunter; his mother, Drusilla Hunter; and his siblings, Elizabeth Holsombeck, Dewey Hunter, and Claude Taylor.

He is survived by his wife, Melba Hunter; his siblings, Christine Sanders and Allan (Evelyn) Hunter; his children, George Edgar (Judith) Hunter, Jr. and Cynthia (Byron) Knowlton; and his grandchildren, Byron (Lindsey) Knowlton III, Jennifer (William) Callahan, Christina (Wesley) Sullivan, Jessie Hunter, and Emily (Christian) Braswell; his great-grandchildren, Addison Callahan, Lillia Knowlton, Victoria Callahan, Gage Knowlton, Jillian Callahan, Ava Callahan, and Zachary Callahan; his nieces and nephews, Terry Sanders, Doug Sanders, Mike Sanders, Regina Holsombeck Kemp, Donna Holsombeck Gilbert, Buddy Taylor, Dewey Hunter Jr, Marty Rogers, and Russell Hunter.

Visitation will be held at Trahan Family Funeral Home, 419 Yoakum Court, Pensacola, Fla. on Oct. 19, 2019, from 10 until 11 a.m., with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m.