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Charles Howard Hunter
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1921
Henry County
Missouri, USA
Death: May 3, 2008
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

Charles Howard Hunter, 87, of Clearwater, FL departed this life on May 3, 2008 under Hospice Care. A native of Urich, Missouri, he was the son of Charles McCager Hunter and Ruth Benezet Hunter. He was a decorated US Navy World War II pilot, who received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Four Air Medals for his pre/post invasion photographs of Iowa Jima taken from his aircraft. Prior to his war time service, Howard attended St.Mary's College, Maraga, California and Drury College, Springfield, Missouri. After World War II, Howard pursued a career in the theatre. For many years, he was the Resident Director of the Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, where many noteworthy personalities were learning their trade, including Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty and Diane Cilento (Mrs. Sean Connery). He preformed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, and the Elitch Gardens Theatre, Denver, Colorado, where he directed an aspiring actress, Grace Kelly. During the "Hallmark Playhouse" years, Howard consulted with host James Hilton, author of "Goodby Mr. Chips" and "Lost Horizon". He co-authored dramas with Eric Blore and Betsy Beaton, author of "The Boy with Green Hair". These plays including "Scribblers Three" were later produced at the Barter Theatre. Subsequently, he was the founder/director of the Playhouse Dinner Theatre and the Independence Playhouse, both in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1997, Howard attended the grand opening of the new Globe Theatre in London, England as a member of the "1000 Club", which included the 1000 original patrons who, in support of Sam Wanamaker, engineered the recent rebuilding of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames. In recent years, Howard worked in international food brokerage enterprises with Shirley K. Smith and Sons and the Rogers-American Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1998, he and his wife retired to Sand Key in Clearwater, Florida where they enjoyed family life and many amenities including the magnificent sunsets. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Jacqueline Hunter, a daughter, Katherine Hunter Behler and a grandson, Jacob Carl Behler. Burial and full military honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia at 1:00 PM on June 26, 2009. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Episcopal Church of Ascension, Clearwater, Florida or the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

Obituary, (bio by: Garver Graver) 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Columbarium 7 MM-11-6
Created by: Richard S.
Record added: Jul 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28096692
Charles Howard Hunter
Added by: Richard S.
Charles Howard Hunter
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- Richard S.
 Added: Jul. 8, 2008
Thank you for your service to our country, Mr. Hunter! May you rest in eternal Heavenly peace! You have certainly earned it!
 Added: Jun. 29, 2010

- purple-lady
 Added: Jul. 7, 2008

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