Edwin Luther Hunt

edwin hunt

June 11, 1941 ~ October 17, 2023

Born in: West Virginia
Resided in: Georgia

It is with both extreme sadness and praise that the family of Edwin Luther Hunt announces his passing
on to his eternal home with Jesus on October 17, 2023. Ed was a resident of Georgia for more than 60
years and most recently lived in Braselton. Born on June 11, 1941 in Mingo County West Virginia to
Ruth Hunt, Ed grew up mostly in Haines City, Florida where graduated high school. After a football stint
at Coffeeville, KS Community College and Tennis (nicknamed the Tank) at South Georgia College where
he was student government president, his sights were set on the University of Georgia where he
graduated in 1965 with a degree in education and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Ed was a doting husband to his wife, Martha Lynn. Over the past 5 plus years he became her primary
caregiver and did it with honor and grace. He was a loving father to his daughter, Laura. Always giving
of himself for that hug and great advice while always reminding her that she was his booga-looga. As a
Papa, Ed spent time with Drew at every age, teaching him so many life lessons and how to be a man and
be a selfless leader. One of Ed’s proudest moments was when Drew was commissioned as an officer in
the US Navy in June of this year. He is stationed in Charleston, SC and has begun training in the NUPOC

Ed’s career saw him coaching, teaching and finally as an assistant principal at Parkview High School
where he retired in 2000. His love of education made him a friend to all. Ed had a gift for getting
students to see their success and was passionate about not only student’s classroom efforts, but also
those in life. After more than 40 years in education, Ed’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of so
many who have called him “Coach Babe”, Mr. Ed, and many more. There were no strangers to Ed….only
people he hadn’t become friends with yet. His gregarious nature and “sho-nuff” quips made him fun to
be around but also respected. To say Ed was a die-hard Bulldog is an understatement. He and his
friends of more than 50 years travelled all over the US to watch the DAWGS and rarely missed a home
game in the past 35 years. You could count on Ed organizing the tailgate and making sure everyone was
looked after. He was an artist at making the tailgate bloody-marys. Every Sunday during football
season, Ed switched gears and donned the Atlanta Falcons logo and rooted hard; even when it seemed
futile, Ed was loyal and a fan. That’s the man he was to everyone. A founding member of the Rock
Creek Ecological Society, he was a procurement agent for the group and enjoyed good times with great
friends at the groups campsite even though fishing rarely occurred.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Martha Lynn; his daughter, Laura Lawton and son in
law, Todd Lawton of Moore, SC; grandson Drew Lawton of Goose Creek, SC; brother in law, Draper
Watson of Perry, Ga; nephews Terry and Jennifer Watson of Birmingham, AL and Travis and Cameron
Watson of Marrietta, GA ; niece Christen and Don Schmidt of Marrietta, GA as well as many cousins,
great-nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Ed is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Hunt; his sister
Danny Bamforth of Haines City, FL; sister-in-law, Dawn Watson of Perry, GA and his aunt, Anne Sarvis of
Haines City, FL.

Arrangements are being provided by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Services will be held on Saturday,
October 21, 2023 at 12pm at the Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church with a receiving for family
and friends at 11am in the sanctuary. The graveside service and interment will be at the Perry Memorial
Gardens in Perry, GA on Monday, October 23, 2023 at 1pm.

In honor of Ed’s love for the DAWGS and Falcons, the family is requesting fans to dress in their favorite red and black gear for the service. Casual attire is acceptable!

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if you’d consider donating to the Alzheimers Association
of Georgia at 41 Perimeter Center East #550, Atlanta, GA 30346.


Visitation: October 21, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church
395 W Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Funeral Service: October 21, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church
395 W Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Interment: October 23, 2023 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Perry Memorial Gardens
2106 Macon Road
Perry, GA 31069

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Memories Timeline


  1. CandleImageMy heart is broken but I hear buckets being kicked. All of us have our stories. For me, he was the gentleman farmer who lived next door and set my destiny into education. Laura, I love you.

    • Ed was one of a kind! I will forever hear his voice saying, “Son, …!” I was honored to be both colleague and friend. I learned volumes from him regarding school leadership, especially discipline. It was wonderful to watch him navigate without breaking a student’s spirit or heart. It always amazed me when a student left his office after receiving discipline and thank him! One thing I know going forward…The world is a smaller, sadder place without Ed Hunt!

  2. CandleImage“Babe”!, missing you already. You showed how to thrive! Laura, praying for you and your mom. We love you.

  3. Son! If’n I was any better I’d have to be twins. Dear Lord, I loved that man. I would have students come back and say Mr. Hunt always made be feel better after he discipline me. Remember the elctric paddle on his office wall?Ed was one of a kind and the world was better for him. I can promise you one thing, St Peter is all ready laughing as he holds open those pearly gates.
    Marlene, Snell, & James Buchanan

  4. CandleImageGod bless you, Sir! Rest in peace!. You are very much loved and we will all miss you! Go Panthers!!!❤️✝️🙏

  5. Everybody loved Ed, me included. He was the only administrator in charge of discipline who was truly adored by all the students. Even those who chose his paddle. Back in the day he and Bartow set the tone and traditions that would become Parkview High School. It was a great place to learn and grow. Thank you Ed, you made teaching and coaching fun. I miss you already.

  6. Mr. Hunt,

    Thank you for being there and believing in me at a time I didn’t believe in myself. You made a difference in the lives of all the kids during your reign as an educator and beyond! Prayers go out to the family and friends during this time of mourning.

  7. CandleImageMy mom, Jane Cahoon, is no doubt one of the first to welcome Mr. Hunt to Heaven!!! May God bless your family with peace. Go Panthers. ❤️

  8. CandleImageMr. Hunt was a special man that truly cared for the students and he and Mr. Jenkins truly inspired me! My three siblings thought so much of him as well! Kick some buckets in Heaven! RIP

  9. CandleImageMr. Hunt was a special man that truly cared for the students and he and Mr. Jenkins truly inspired me! My three siblings thought so much of him as well! Kick some buckets in Heaven! RIP

  10. CandleImageMr. Hunt was truly a wonderful administrator! I always looked up to him !
    He truly cared for his students! My siblings were also impressed with him and are truly saddened. Keep some buckets in Heaven. RIP

  11. Mr. Hunt knew how to get the maximum out of his paddlings. He would make you lean your hands on his desk right across the corner. So you dare not move for fear of becoming a paddle/ skewer sandwich. Well played Mr. Hunt! You were very much loved and respected.

  12. CandleImageHe always had a smile for you. I’d get called to the office for parking my 4×4 on one of the islands. “Now Codi, you know you can’t park there, go move it” he’d say, with a smile. He was so nice, but also very well respected! He was definitely a legend of Parkview.

  13. Mister Ed , was the best next door neighbor anyone could ever have.
    We had years of wonderful friendship, memories ,and trips to the creek for fishing and fellowship.
    May Gods peace be with you .

  14. My deepest condolences to Mr. Hunt’s family and friends. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. I can see him walking Parkview’s halls and he always had a smile, a hello, and you knew he meant it; he effortlessly earned respect! We are all poorer without him. “Thaaaaank you much!” Mr. Hunt!

  15. Ed was one of a kind. My sons adored him and called him “Brother Ed.” As a teacher at Parkview, I appreciated Ed for his genuine interest in the students and his ability to teach them manners in such a way that they didn’t realize the invaluable life lessons they were learning. He didn’t preach it; he lived it. I am grateful that our paths crossed. Laura and Martha Ann, love to you both.

  16. Realize now that Mr. Hunt and I are close in age but back when my children were at Parkview I called him Mr. Hunt as a parent to a school administrator. My husband passed away when my son was in 8th grade. The next year he entered Parkview. Those were difficult years for him. In his struggles Mr. Hunt became involved not just as an administrator but as someone who truly cared. Mr Hunt helped in so many ways to encourage and help my son. For that I am forever grateful. I believe with all my heart Ed Hunt is in heaven. Looking forward to seeing him again one day. Praying as people came alongside my family when my husband passed, they will love on his family as well. God bless.

    • Ed was one of a kind! I will forever hear his voice saying, “Son, …!” I was honored to be both colleague and friend. I learned volumes from him regarding school leadership, especially discipline. It was wonderful to watch him navigate without breaking a student’s spirit or heart. It always amazed me when a student left his office after receiving discipline and thank him! One thing I know going forward…The world is a smaller, sadder place without Ed Hunt!

  17. CandleImageUncle Ed. That’s what I called him as a kid, despite the fact that he wasn’t actually my uncle. The man radiated love and goodwill.

    Whenever I used to meet someone who had attended Parkview I’d ask if they knew him, and the response was always the same: “Oh I LOVED him!.” Just by saying that he was a family friend I would find instant warm common ground.

    I’ve missed Ed these last many years, and I regret not having visited. I will be forever grateful for the kind attention he gave to a peculiar child; he set a strong and unerring example of acceptance and compassion that others followed.

    Having known Ed truly was, “as they say in the old country, my pleasure.” There will never be anyone else like him.

  18. CandleImageEd was a super human being, he really knew what it took to help a student get his/her act together. His love and compassion for others was highlighted throughout his career. I loved his willingness to go out on a limb for many students. He was truly an inspiration to all who cared about young people. May he rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior. Well done good and faithful servant!

  19. CandleImageEd and Martha Lynn had a love that is rare to find! They, along with their daughter, are extra special in exponential ways. My heart hurts for the family, but I know Jesus and Ed are having some great conversations together!

  20. CandleImageRest in peace Mr. Hunt ❤️ You were my assistant principal at Parkview from 1992 to 1996. “Thank you much” was his ending to the announcements for the day. Even though its been many I sure do have alot of memories from him at Parkview. Praying for your family 🙏 ❤️ Fly High Mr. Hunt, you sure will be missed!

  21. One could not talk about Ed Hunt without thinking about the two teacher educators and leaders Bartow Jenkins. What a team. How well I remember the smiles positive yet firm when dealing with students. The teaching and learning the athletics . The Parkview High School and the entire community listened and respected them. An amazing team great men who will be missed. I want to thank their families who gave so much time as these men built the future generation of students with knowledge and the meaning of giving back. You will be missed but your courage and stories will be told.

  22. CandleImageMr.Hunt was always a very caring man. Treated me like a daughter. He will truly be missed! Heaven gained an angel.

  23. CandleImageEd Hunt taught me that great leaders are not motivated by the love of power. They are motivated by the power of love. Thank you Ed for being a great leader. You will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives you improved.

  24. CandleImageMy thoughts and prayers go out to Ed’s entire family. I’ve known Ed Hunt since I was a little kid. He was a frequent visitor over at Bartow Jenkins house, who was my next door neighbor back in the day. More recently, my wife and I always enjoyed running into Ed and Martha Lynn at the UGA football games. Ed epitomized what it means to bleed red and black. He was a DGD (Damn Good Dawg)! You’ll be missed.

    • Sad day. Ed was a colleague, a mentor, but most importantly a friend. So many great memories. He definitely was one of a kind. Ed was into give everyone (young people and adults) 2nd, 3rd, 4th, … chances. I tried to model his “special way” with students when I became an AP and principal.
      I am convinced God is laughing now at some of Ed’s antics.
      Rest in peace my friend and fellow DAWG!
      Mike O’

  25. Mr Hunt was the one administrator that I’ve always remembered from Parkview . Every time I got sent to his office he left an impact and it was always positive . He made our high school problems not feel small and always made his students a priority. He was a funny , kind and caring man and a pleasure to see . Blessed to have known him in those impressionable days.

  26. CandleImageOh how I loved this man. From my younger days of swimming in his pool with the Gudgers to the countless camping trips I was blessed to be on. I never saw him without a smile. And always made me laugh. He was full of knowledge that he would share with me on these camping trips and my favorite memory is the day he taught me that a Bloody Mary would take care of that hangover son. Prayers for all y’all. Much love, your buddy Muddy

  27. Coach “Babe” Hunt, I’ve missed you for 44 years ever since I graduated CGHS. I was privileged to have him as a coach, disciplinarian, mentor and friend. He gave me my last paddling my senior year for a squirt gun. It hurt but I never list respect for hihimLove you Babe, see you soon

  28. CandleImageAll you have to do is say, “Ed Hunt,” and everybody smiles. Isn’t that a wonderful tribute for a life well-lived? What a privilege it was to have worked with Ed.

  29. I am picturing Bartow, Gudger, Ed, and Fletch hanging out at Heaven’s creek. God will have his hands full! Love to Martha Lynn and Laura and family. His celebration of life was well done.

  30. I always smile with I think of Mr. Hunt. Worked in the attendance office with him during my Junior and Senior years at Parkview. Can see him now walking down the hall on Fridays wearing his orange overalls, yelling for everyone to get to class or get their bucket kicked! Graduated 43 years ago but still remember Mr. Hunt very clearly. RIP and keep the halls cleared in heaven.

  31. CandleImageI have NO doubt that my Mom greeted Mr. Hunt because they knew each other from the MANY times he had to call her when my Brother or I got called into his office when he was at Shiloh High School! Lol He was the kindest and sweetest “disciplinarian”. In fact, one of the times I got in trouble he asked me to apologize to a girl and hug her, and I said “Really Mr. Hunt? Can’t you just paddle me instead?” 😂 And in his lovely southern drawl he said “Come on now Staci. Please just do it for me.” Ugh As much as I hated to do it, I couldn’t turn him down. ❤️ He was a good Man! I’m so very sorry for your loss and I pray for Jesus to give all of you comfort, strength and peace that surpasses all understanding.

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