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“Sorry to hear about Mr. Hunter passing. Mr. Hunter was my neighbor in New Orleans, La. Never knew all of his accomplishments and breakthrough...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Rodney Taylor - Arlington, TX

“Have a great Homecoming. It was a privilege having you as a coach and mentor. Thanks for those shared moments. Prayers go out to family and...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Dr. Cleopheus L Lane - Nashville, TN

“Hello, My sincere condolences to the Hunter Family in your time of bereavement. I played for coach hunter 1960-1965. He was an awesome man and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Richard J. Davis - Knoxville, TN

“Mr. Hunter's family, We consider ourselves BLESSED that our lives were touched by your dear family member while we were students at P. S, Jones H....Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Melvin & Lena Boyd - Washington, NC

“thank you Coach for life lessons and allot of Basketball knowledge. He made my summers as a child lasting memories. he was a great coach and even a...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Lamar Wilson - Brentwood, TN

HUNTER, Harold, Sr.,-age 86, of Hendersonville, died Thursday March 7th, 2013 at his home from complications of diabetes and congestive heart disease. Born in Kansas City, Kansas April 30th, 1926 to Claude and Alta Walker Hunter, he was a 1944 graduate of Sumner High School, Kansas City, Kansas, a 1950 graduate from North Carolina College, Durham, North Carolina with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education, a 1957 graduate from Tennessee A and I State University, Nashville, Tennessee, with a M.S. degree in Health and Physical Education. 1950-51 and 1954-57 he coached boys and girls basketball at Williston High School, Wilmington, North Carolina. 1952-54 he was varsity coach of football, basketball, track, and tennis and athletic director at P.S Jones High School, Washington, North Carolina. A standout guard from North Carolina College, he led NCC to the title game of the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) National Tournament. April 26th, 1950, he became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract with the Washington Capitols. He was the first African American to coach an U.S Olympic team. 1957-68 he coached basketball at Tennessee State University. 1957-59 he was assistant coach under John McLendon, in 1959 he became head coach. 1957, 58, and 59 he won NAIA championships, a first for TSU. As head coach of the Tennessee State Tigers he sent 17 of his players to the NBA. 1970 he joined Vanderbilt's athletic staff as part time assistant basketball coach and the first African-American member of a coaching staff in the Southeastern Conference. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers; Claude Hunter, Jr., Charley Hunter, and Jessie Hunter; sisters; Sarah Hunter, Artena Hunter (Shepherd), Lydia May Hunter (Hawkins), and Carrie Hunter. Survived by wife; Jacqueline T. Hunter, daughter; Micki Hunter, son; Harold Hunter, Jr. and wife Tania, 3 grandchildren; Devyn G. Hunter, Julian D. Hunter, Carianna R. Hunter and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Life Celebration will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Hendersonville Funeral Home with burial to follow at Hendersonville Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, March 15, 2013, 5:00-9:00 pm and Saturday March 16, 2013, 12:30-2:00 pm at HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME 353 Johnny Cash Pkwy Hendersonville, TN 37075 (615) 824-3855 hendersonvillefh.com

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