W.D. Hunnicutt

W.D. Hunnicutt of Fentress, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. He lost his fight with cancer, but he is dancing with the angels now… Two-stepping, no doubt.

‘Dub’ was born Dec. 21, 1930, in Wimberly, Texas, to James Alvie and Virgie Adonia Massey Hunnicutt.

He joined the US Navy in January 1952 with his brother, Wesley, and served on the USS Iowa during the Korean War.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy E. “Dottie” Bogan, shortly thereafter, in November 1952. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this year.

Later, Dub worked for seven years as a seismographer; for the next 30 years, he worked for and retired from the Texas State Highway Department. He was also a 20-year volunteer for the Combined Community Action.

Dub and Dottie were blessed with four rambunctious children during their marriage:  Theresa, James, Donnie and John (“Jaybird”).

Dub is survived by his loving wife, Dottie Hunnicutt; daughter, Theresa Schliesman and husband, J; sons: James Hunnicutt and wife, Paula, Donnie Hunnicutt, and John “Jaybird” Hunnicutt and wife, Sue; 13 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

“Poppy,” as he was affectionately known to many, was happiest when he was surrounded by his large and ever-growing family. He was always up for a game of dominos or cards, and he loved to regale tales of his childhood, Navy adventures, or Highway Department days to any and all who were around.

He was famous among family and close friends for his delicious barbeque sauce recipe, passed down from his grandfather.

Strong of character and heart, Dub raised his family to be respectful, God-fearing adults. Poppy may not always have shown it, but he had a deep love and pride in each and every one of his children and grandchildren, and anyone else lucky enough to be considered one of his family. His arms were never too short to gather one more person in for one of his big bear hugs.

Poppy, you will be dearly missed by your family and friends.

‘We only part to meet again.’  ~John Gay

Visitation was held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Services were held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 9 a.m. at McCurdy Funeral Home in Lockhart, Texas, followed by burial in the Fentress Cemetery. A reception followed at the Tri-Community Civic Center.

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