James A. Hunter

James A. Hunter, 80, lifelong resident of Hamilton county, confederate veteran, and one of the county’s best known citizens, died Monday morning at his home at Hixson. He was born at Harrison in 1848. Harrison for years was the county seat, and Mr. Hunter was a leader in community affairs. Mr. Hunter served throughout the Civil war, and on one occasion was captured by Union soldiers and was about to be hanged when an order from one of the officers brought his release. After the war he returned to Harrison and engaged in farming. He later removed to Hixson and had large farming interests there. He was affectionately known by a wide circle of friends as “Uncle Jimmy.” For many years he was active in county politics. He was a member of the Southern Methodist church at Hixson. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Nola Hunter and Mrs. Horace Smith; a son, W. P. Hunter, member of the Chattanooga fire department; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Rothall?, of Birmingham, and Mrs. Ester Kelly, this city, and several grandchildren. Mrs. Hunter before her marriage was Miss Safronia Jackson, of Hixson, member of a prominent pioneer family there. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Roy Barefield and Mrs. Minerva Raulston, will be held from the residence at Hixson at 2 this afternoon. Active pallbearers will be Fred and Thomas Maddox, William Faulkner, Gaines Painter, Thomas Holcomb and Floyd Smith. Honorary: Judge Martin Fleming, J. B. Rogers, Jr., D. R. Hamil, William Bryant, Randolph Howell and Capt. W. E. Bridge. Honorary pallbearers are requested to meet at Wann’s at 1 this afternoon and cars for the convenience of pallbearers and friends will leave at this time for Hixson.

The Chattanooga Times, April 16, 1928.

Note: James A. Hunter is buried in Hunter Cemetery on Hamill Road in Hixson.