Gary Wayne Hunt, a devoted husband, father, papaw, and friend was surround by his family as he went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Virginia Hunt, his daughter Hillary (Victor) Weech of Longview, sons Joshua Marshburn of Longview, Jarod Hunt of Houston, and Justin Marshburn of Layton, Utah, 4 grandchildren Joshua Marshburn, Jr., Mackenzie Marshburn, Natasha Weech, and Sydney Weech, his sisters Carolyn Law (Dennis) of Longview and Cheryl Keith (Elijah) of Denver, Colorado, his sister-in-laws Sue Pollard of Temple, Charlene Peters and Carol Gray of Longview, brother-in-law Roy Marshburn (Gina) of Huntsville and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Elizabeth Hunt, brother Marion “PeeWee” Hunt, and sister Gwen LoCascio.
Gary Hunt was born in Marshall, Texas on July 13, 1952 and grew up in Jefferson, Texas where he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1970. While growing up, Gary met Mac McDonald, who became his lifelong friend and confidant and remained so until his passing. It was with Mac this past spring that he took the trip of a lifetime as they sailed the Intracoastal Waterway from Deltaville, VA to Charleston, SC. He graduated from the Houston Police Academy in July 1972. He worked as a Police Officer for 7 years where he enjoyed patrolling the streets of Houston on his Harley 3 wheeler. In 1979 he began working for TXU at Martin Lake Power Plant and retired in July of 2012 with 33 years of faithful service. Upon his retirement, He and Virginia moved to Galveston to fulfill his dream of living on the coast. He enjoyed riding his bicycle along the seawall and just relaxing on the beach. While in Galveston he worked security at the cruise terminals and at TIT. After returning to Longview, Gary worked as Park Host for Fernbrook RV Park and at the time of his death, he was employed by O’Reily’s in Kilgore, Texas as a delivery driver where everyone loved “Mr. Gary.”Gary has always loved riding motorcycles since buying his first bike (Bridgestone 90) around the age of 13. He enjoyed riding his Motoguzzi on trips from Houston to Atlanta, Texas where he, his brother Peewee, and Mac would often go riding. After he and Virginia had been married several years, he purchased a Yamaha VStar 1100. They enjoyed riding to Arkansas on weekends. He then purchased a Honda Goldwing and they joined the Marshall Chapter of the Goldwing Riders, Church in the Wind and the Christian Motorcycle Association local chapter, The Gospel Riders. They made many trips to Hatfield, Arkansas, Leaky, Texas and many other rides with the members of these groups. He encouraged Virginia to learn how to ride and she began riding the Yamaha Vstar. On Gary’s 50th birthday, Virginia had a brand new red 2002 Honda Goldwing delivered to the house complete with red bow. Many trips were made on this motorcycle. In the Spring of 2003, Gary and Virginia joined the Hickeys on a trip to Arizona Bike week and while there visited a Harley dealership. When they got back home, Virginia bought a Harley which began their journey with the Longview Harley Owner’s Group. Gary soon followed with a Harley Road King. Over the years, some of the most memorable trips were to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with Clayton and Jerry, Yellowstone with David, Laughlin River Run with Virginia, the Harley 105th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee with Gail and Tracy and many trips with the gang from TXU. He enjoyed volunteering for the Boo Benefit each year in Jefferson. In 2010, he was able to fulfil one of his bucket list trips as Virginia got to join him on a trip to Sturgis. It was evident in how Gary lived life that he loved the Lord. He served on the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kilgore, Texas. During his time on the vestry, he served as Junior Warden. A celebration of his life will be held at the home of Mac McDonald (306 S. Line, Jefferson, Texas) at 2 pm on Saturday, October 23, 2021. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations to Christian Motorcycle Association at www.shop.cmausa.org
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