Alvin Henry Hunter was the son of
Frissell Hunter and Alease Roy Hunter and the grand-son of
Palmer and Millie Wortham Hunter and was born on February 5,
1927 in Richmond, Virginia. He spent every summer until high
school at his grandparent's home in Norlina, North Carolina.
Graduating from Armstrong High School in 1944, he went on to
receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State
College. On June 27, 1953, he married Dorothy Thornton, a
friend of the family from the Navy Hill community and they
have four children: Alvin A. (not a junior), Roy (deceased),
Lori and Eric Hunter. Alvin was a good provider with a
strong work ethic he passed on to his family.
From 1953 to 1978, "Al" as friends called
him, was an assistant professor of Business Education and
Office Administration, and Director of Duplicating and
Printing Service at Virginia State University. While working
at Virginia State College during the daytime, he ran a
part-time printing business some evenings. During the
summers between 1967 and 1969, he took Masters courses at
the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York studying
printing, photographic, and graphic technology. In 1967, the
family flew to meet him in New York, the first time Dorothy
or the children had been on an air-plane. As a family, they
then drove to Niagara Falls, New York, and Quebec, Canada.
Alvin completed his Masters degree in Industrial Education
from Virginia State College in 1973.
Tired of the one hour round trip daily
commute to Virginia State University, Alvin began teaching
industrial arts at Henrico High School in 1978, where we
worked with the United Student Body Club. "Mr. Hunter", as
the students called him, had a way with even the toughest
boys and he was respected for his tough but fair approach.
He retired from teaching in 1987, and turned his part-time
printing shop into a full service printing business, AI
Hunter, Printer, Inc. Through his at-risk high school
students and the Richmond Opportunities Industrialization
Center training programs, he gave persons a chance to learn
important clerical and printing skills. A caring person,
Alvin often hired men with prison records to give them a
chance to learn new skills and turn their lives around.
Although his business responsibilities
kept him extremely busy, he found time for his family
members and friends, of whom there were many. He helped care
for his parents and his Aunt Dorothy Morton in their
declining years. In the spring and summer, he always took
time from work to go fishing with a group of friends
nicknamed "The Fishing Buddies". He also was an active
member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the Virginia
State University Athletic Boosters Club, the Armstrong High
School Class of 1944, and the Richmond Chapter of the
American Association of Retired Persons. As a member of
Saint Paul's Catholic Church where he raised his children,
he was generous and charitable in his contributions and
provided printing services to the church. Alvin had a
wonderful bass voice and for a time, he sang in the choir.
An excellent dancer, Alvin could keep up with the best of
Alvin Hunter passed away suddenly on March 17, 1994, and is
buried in Oakwood Cemetery near his parents Frissell and
Alease Hunter. He has four grandchildren: Tarnesha, Alvin A.
Hunter, Jr., Miles, and Joshua Hunter. He has one great
grandson, Sterling Norvell Wood, son of Tarnesha Hunter.
Sources: Personal knowledge, family papers