MAY 25, 1926 – DECEMBER 28, 2013
Joe Elmer Hunter was born May 25, 1926. He was a lifelong resident of Minden, Louisiana.
Joe was born into a Coca-Cola family. At just 16 years old, Joe aided in operating the production line at the Coca-
Cola Bottling Company in Minden.
Joe served in the United States Navy from 1944 until 1946 under Admiral Nimitz. After serving his country, he
went back to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
He married in 1946 to Bonnie Jean Moreland to whom he remained married for 67 years.
In 1979 he received the calling to join the ministry. He attended St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City,
Missouri, and served multiple churches – including Clay, First Methodist Minden, Colquitt, Evergreen and Pleasant
Valley. All together Joe served 27 years in the ministry.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie M. Hunter; sons Don Hunter and wife, Susan, and Bob Hunter; his brother, Ben
and wife, Linda; his sister Nan Hunter Castle and husband, Frank; grandchildren, Larry Hunter and wife, Stephanie,
Jill Fields and husband, Bart, Kelsey Hunter and Carrie Himel and husband, Daniel; great-grandchildren, Devon
Fields, Parker Fields, Hallie Hunter, Baker Hunter, Jaxon Himel and Gavin Himel.
Joe and Bonnie were not only devoted to each other, but also shared in their unfaltering faith in God. Joe loved the
Lord and also Coca-Cola.