Hester Hunt, 93

Hester Hunt, 93 of Johnson City, TN formerly of Elkhorn City, KY passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Hester was a librarian, member of the Elkhorn City Methodist Church & Eastern Star. Hester was born July 17, 1925 in Praise,KY to the late Otto H. Polley & Eula Powers Polley. In addition to her parents, Hester was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Hunt, one son, John “Johnny” P. Hunt, II; one brother, Eugene Polley; and one sister, Joanna P. Harrison. Hester is survived by a daughter, Jill Hunt of Johnson City, TN; granddaughter, Sarah Hunt and her husband, Kelly Starnes; nieces and nephew, Kathy Stockberger, Becky Caudill, Betty Ruth Stapleton & Clinton Hunt; and former daughter-in-law, Linda (Dale) Blackburn.

Visitation will be after 4PM Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service to be conducted at 6PM with Tommy Taulbee and Bob Stockberger officiating. Burial will take place at the Elkhorn City Cemetery Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2PM with a graveside service.


  1. Bill & Karen Elswick says

    Ms. Hester was a very gracious and peaceful lady. She always greeted everyone with a smile. We have sweet memories of her.

  2. Polly Price says

    So sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers.

    With love,

  3. Katina Cantrell Justice says

    Miss Hester was my library school teacher, my summer reading program instructor and my librarian until her retirement. When you love someone, trust them and admire them from such a young age, they leave a lasting impact on your life. Thank you Miss Hester ❤️

  4. Connie Sloan Hacker says

    Dear Jill,
    Sorry to hear about Hester’s passing. I have fond memories of your family, but especially your mom. Hester was an asset to the church and community. She helped to influence the minds of the young and elderly.
    My heart and prayers are with you as you say your last goodbyes. I praise God with you that you know your mom is in heaven with her Lord and Savior, and family and friends who have gone before her.
    Blessings over you. Believe me…you never get over the “missing” but God is with you through it all.
    Love and prayers, Connie

  5. Pat Barnett says

    I had no idea Ms. Hester had passed until I was talking with Darlene, who stayed with Ms. Whitson. I know you must feel as I did, that is was time. Like me, you are probably wondering what to do with yourself now. Three weeks after Mom passed, Don’s mother passed. We’ve had quite a winter.

    God Bless

  6. Toni Cantrell Shifflet says

    Ms. Hunt was such a wonderful librarian. I loved going to the library and Ms. Hunt was always so nice and encouraging of my love for reading. She had a positive impact on many lives and she will be missed. My condolences to the family in your time of loss.

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