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Obituary for Queen Esther Clinton Hunter

Queen Esther Clinton Hunter was born on October 16, 1929, in Buckhorn, Virginia which was at that time 14 miles outside of Suffolk, Virginia. She was the oldest of two children. Her mother, Cora Lee Clinton Richardson, father, Alexander Clinton, and brother, Eddie Earl Clinton preceded her in death.

She joined Piney Grove Baptist Church in Suffolk, Virginia at an early age. After graduating from Gresham-Grady Primary School, she moved to Norfolk, Virginia to live and work as a domestic and nanny while she attended Booker T. Washington High School. After graduation, she married Kimphus Kline Hunter, and to that union four children were born. Ever a woman of southern grace and love, she was the ultimate homemaker who created a life for her family that was wholesome, supportive, and full of love and laughter. In her own words, her children were her “greatest work.” When her youngest reached school age, Queen began working as a retail specialist. She worked for Miller & Rhoads, Thalhimers, Hecht’s and eventually retired from Macy’s department store ending a career that spanned 35 years. For the last 10 of her 35 years, Queen was a Department Manager for the Macy’s chain. As with all things, she was a Star Employee who brought a sense of excellence, gentility, and style to the workplace.

Queen attended Norfolk State College for two years and was a firm believer in being a “progressive” person by learning as much as possible and applying that knowledge to make the world a better place. She was a member of the Norfolk Mother’s Club and was an active member of First Baptist Church Bute Street where she served on the Usher Board. She later moved her membership to her husband’s church, First Baptist Lambert’s Point, where she served on the Missionary Board. She was also active politically and served for over 30 years as a poll worker on election days at her local voting precinct. When her Son-In-Law became pastor of the Queen Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, Queen became a faithful member, serving for 16 years on the Helping Hand Ministry. After moving to Charlotte, North Carolina with her family in 2007, she joined Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Xtra Years of Zest until her health failed.

To carry on her legacy on this side of Glory she leaves behind four children: Klinette Hunter Kindred (Walter, Jr), Wanda Hunter Wherry (Peter), Grayling DeVol Hunter, and Kevin Wayne Hunter (Stacie); 11 grandchildren: Nicole Evelyn Patton (Travis), Nancy Evelyn, Larry Evelyn, Lisa Dawn Hunter, Justin Michael Wherry (Amy), Bethany Elise Wherry, Walter Milton Kindred, III, Steven Erick Kindred, Lisa Ashley Kindred, Bethany Brooke Wiggins and Kennedy Elizabeth Clarke Hunter; 8 great grandchildren: Amari Makayla Dickerson, Jonah Christopher Hunter, Jaden Allen Milne, Justin Michael Hunter, Amaya MaKenzie Wherry, Marco “Deuce” McNeil, Michael Alexander Wherry, and Saniyah Novah McNeil; one Goddaughter: Jacquelyn Palin James (Audley); one Godson, Joshua Jeremiah Yeast, and a host of family both “by blood and by love” and a multitude of friends.