BILL HUNTER, US ARMY

 

               

            BILL HUNTER WAS RESPONSIBLE

              FOR LOCATING & REBURIAL OF

         AMERICAN SOLDIERS DURING WWII   

                   03 JUL 1922 - 05 FEB 1999 

Minden Press-Herald, Front Page, Monday, February 8, 1999
 
Former Coke President Bill Hunter dies
 
Bill Hunter, former chairman of the board and president of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden, Inc. died Sunday, Feb. 7 of cancer.  He was 75.
Bill was enrolled at LSU when he was called to serve in World War II.  He was stationed in New Guinea and Luzon of the Philippines.  Upon returning home, he became manager, and soon after, president of the family business.
Working with him were his brothers, Joe and Ben and his sister, Bess.  Nan married Frank Castle and lives in Sarasota.  In 1973 Bill retired, but remained on the board of directors as chairman.
Bill had two driving interests, baseball and traveling.  He was deeply involved with the Big 8 League.  As business manager and chief scout for players he led the Minden Redbirds to a Big 8 League pennant in 1957.
His travels took him to all four corners of the world.  Some of his trips saw him crossing Communist Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, trekking the Himalayas, navigating the Northwest Passage, making two visits to Antarctica, and many other trips.  His last trip was in September 1998.  He flew to Aqaba, Jordan, boarded a clipper ship and sailed to Thailand.
Bill has requested cremation and no formal service.  He wants to be remembered as a happy traveler and fortunate to have been able to do so.  In keeping with Bill's wishes, a celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m., Feb. 10 at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden, 412 Pine Street, Minden, Louisiana. 
After 25 years of traveling, he collected many artifacts and pictures.  Some will be on display at the open house.
We will remember Bill as he was.  Memorials should be sent to the Larry and Gladys Hunter Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 893, Minden, La.