Mary Elizabeth Hunter, age 92, passed away May 11, 2013, in Tyler. She was born May 22, 1920, near Jamestown in Smith County to the late John and Vinnie Word. She is survived by sons, Jerry Davis and wife Cheryl, John Davis; daughter, Martha Looney; her grandchildren, Melissa, Hank, Heather, John Kyle, Tara, Rebecca and Shane. Mary is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren. Surviving her also are one brother, Bill Word, sisters, Hazel Rulison, Betty White, Shirley Caldwell and Melba Woodby.
Mary was preceded in death by son, Carl Davis Jr.; husband, Carl Davis Sr.; grandson, Carl Davis III; second husband, Earl Hunter; sister, Dorothy Walters; and brother, J.D. Word.
Mary was a member of Park Heights Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She enjoyed reading, corresponding with her seven brothers and sisters, her church and club activities, and cooking. Mary was a lady of great resilience and enduring strength. She had a deep and unconditional love for her family and friends. Her spirited character and sweet presence will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services will be at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home of Tyler, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dale Johnston will officiate her service. Burial will follow in Tyler Memorial Park under direction of Burks Walker Tippit.
The pallbearers are grandsons, Hank Looney, John Kyle Davis, Shane Davis; grandsons-in-law, Joey Brindle, Fred Pelton; and great-grandson, P.J. Looney. The remaining great-grandsons are honorary pallbearers, Austin Davis, Will Pelton, Zachary Jordan, Quinton Davis, and very special friends, Jackie Mayne and John Wayne Slayton. Mary had many relatives, but her grandsons and great-grandsons were precious and few.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 14, 2013