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Pamplico – Funeral service for Mrs. Phyllis Christine Hess Hunter will be conducted 11:00 AM Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Mill Branch AME Church, 1917 N. Old River Road, Pamplico, SC. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Phyllis Christine Hess Hunter was born December 2, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late O. B. Hess and Maxine Fillmore. She died Saturday, February 4, 2018, in Houston, TX.

Phyllis was a High School graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in Chicago, Illinois. She was also a proud graduate of Tennessee State University where she majored in Speech and Language Pathology with a Bachelors Degree and later went to complete graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Master’s Degree.

Phyllis was initiated in Alpha Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on December 2, 1967.

In June 1972, Phyllis married her tutor, who was the love of life, the late Andrew De Leon Hunter, Sr. and to this union a son was born.

Phyllis was a member of The Fort Bend Church in Sugar Land, TX.

Phyllis served students and teachers for 40 years plus as a Reading and Literacy expert; an Elementary Principal; Middle School Assistant Principal; Classroom Teacher, Speech Therapist; District Administrator and Consultant to President George W. Bush.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Andrew De Leon (Janet) Hunter II and grandson, Andrew De Leon Hunter III; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Minda Andrews Hunter; a niece, Karla Mottley; four brothers-in-law, George W. (Carol) Hunter, Jr., James G. (Karen) Hunter, Reverend Robert D. (Ruth) Hunter and Charles E. (Sherri) Hunter; a sister-in-law, Beverly (Levon) Anderson; a host of other relatives; friends; former students and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ALS.ORG.

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  • Sunday, February 11, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    Dr. De Leon, we're so sorry to hear you are grieving the loss of your mother. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power". Yes our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
    Please allow Jehovah God’s words to comfort you for it tells us at John 5;28,29 “ Do not be amazed at this for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”
    ~ LS   hsv, AL
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    God cares for the brokenhearted; Psalm 34:18 assures us that he is close to them. Psalm 147:3 says: "He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7
    ~ Rachel Morton
  • Thursday, March 08, 2018
    Dear Family, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. My sincere condolences to you. May you think of the many beautiful memories that you shared with Phyllis, and cherish those precious moments. May the God of all comfort caress your heart with his living promise to one day reunite you together again in the future paradise mentioned at Revelation 21: 4,5. Our Dear Heavenly Father Jehovah (Psalms 83:18 )knows the many tears you cry and he will sustain you if you let him. I was thinking of you and hoping that you can find comfort during this difficult time.
    ~ Denise   Greenville, SC