by David Shannon
“Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things” are the words of high-calling given by our God in Second Timothy 3. These words are qualifications for deacons and elders wives. They so well described our sister, Geneva Hunter. Her late husband, Paul, faithfully served this congregation as an elder beginning in 1966 until his death in September of 1998. She was always a lovely wife, mother, friend, and sister in Christ.
Geneva was born in Davidson County on Stones River, close to the Philippi church. Her parents, Charles and Betty Neal were faithful Christians. She is survived by two brothers, Sam and Buddy Neal and sister, Marjorie Brittain.
Paul and Geneva married in June of ’42. Despite the fact she was only 17-years-old, they built a strong home. Before his passing they celebrated 56 years of marriage. Paul sold dairy supplies and equipment and Geneva served her family full-time. They had five children. She knew some dark hours as one of her daughters, Paulette passed away at the age of seven. Years later Terri Lynne’s life was taken in a car accident. Their family pulled together and continued to serve God.
Throughout the years she enjoyed making her daughters clothing and cooking delicious meals. She and the late Dorothy Zumbro talked at least once a day on the phone. She enjoyed dining at Captain D’s with her friends. She enjoyed Ladies Bible class and the widows luncheons. She was peaceful, quiet spoken, and even as a mother, she was easy going. She taught her children about God, to attend worship and Bible class, and how to get along with others. Her daughters Carolyn Swain, Annette Mitchell, and Cynthia Smith and their families continue in their parents heritage. They bless many congregations and communities around us.
Geneva recovered strongly from a broken hip in 1999, but recently had broken her hip again. This accident and surgery seemed to drain her of strength. She would say she was tired. Our Savior says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). He also added, “Let not your hearts be troubled… in my Father’s house are many mansions” (Jn 14:1-2). We will miss Mrs. Geneva dearly, but by faith we believe she is at rest. She is in a far better place and condition than she has ever been. We rejoice that a Christian marches home!