June 18, 1927 ~ August 27, 2020

Born in: Louisville, KY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Robert Copeland Hunter (Bob) died on August 27, 2020 at the age of 93. A member of ‘the greatest generation,” he lived a long and successful life, frequently saying, “The Lord has been very good to me.” He had been in declining health for the last several months and after contracting COVID- 19 in a care facility, passed away in a local hospital.

Bob is survived by his wife of 70 years, Virginia James Hunter (Ginny) of Asheville; three children, Robert C. Hunter, Jr. also of Asheville, Mary Hunter Kuchar (Gregg) of Austin, TX, and Anne Hunter Powell (Mike) of Athens, GA; seven grandchildren, Amy Powell, Ginny Blaylock (Ryan), Lt. Col. Hunter Powell (Brenda), Catherine Moats (Brian), Molly Roberts (Justin), Ashley Casaday (Will), and Spencer Powell; and seven great grandchildren.

Bob was born in Louisville, KY on June 18, 1927, the youngest of four sons, to Minnie Bowyer Hunter and Thomas Dunlap Hunter. After the family moved to Asheville, NC, he attended Lee Edwards High School before graduating with a degree from Bob Jones University, where he met and married the love of his life, Virginia James (who shares the same birthday).

Following his father into the automobile business, Bob became a highly respected and successful Asheville businessman as the owner of Parkland Corporation. He also held ownership interests in Hunter & Hunter Partners, LLC and South Asheville Hotel Associates, LLC. Along the way, he served his community as President of the Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Salvation Army, the WNC Rescue Mission, and multiple bank and hospital boards. He was a Founding Member of Arden Presbyterian Church and served on the boards of Montreat College, Mars Hill University, and Toccoa Falls College.

Bob had a caring personality, was easy to carry on a conversation, and made friends everywhere he went. He loved golf and developed many close friendships through his passion both in Asheville as a member of Biltmore Forest Country Club and his winter home in Florida. Bob had a generous heart, always picking up the check at dinner, providing rental cars or buying cars for people in need, even volunteering to mentor young people needing better life financial skills. He also contributed generously to multiple worthy charities.

Above all, Bob was a man of deep faith and devotion to family and friends. After his beloved wife Ginny was institutionalized for Alzheimer’s Disease, he visited her every day and personally watched over her care until poor health and COVID-19 kept him away. Bob loved his children, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren, and they loved him. He was so proud to be a part of their lives and supported them in every way possible. Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who inspired everyone around him with his ethical values—humility, hard work, compassion—his wisdom, and his faith. He fiercely lived independently with the help of his devoted caregivers until just a few weeks before his death. Even on very warm days, he would insist on having a fire going in his den as he would read the newspaper or sleep in his favorite chair. His family visited often and on extra special occasions, would be treated with a fascinating story from his life—like the one from his boyhood when, during World War II, German POW’s were used as laborers on his father’s farm or the time he, as a young auto dealer, tried to teach Carl Sandburg to drive a car. Bob will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: COVID-19 Relief, American Red Cross, or the charity of your choice.

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  1. Praying for the family as you travel this journey. I met Mr. Hunter when my uncle worked at Parkland Chevrolet. He was always a gentleman and the last time I saw him was at First Baptist Church in Asheville, NC when he came to see Billy Kim and the Korean Children’s Choir. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

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  2. Bob, Mary, Anne, So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. It has been a number of years since I last saw him, but he always was interested in what I was doing and how I was, as he phrased it, “making it”. I could never repay him for his guidance and help in steering me to the right people when I was attempting to purchase my first house. He made it so easy. My prayer is that the Lord will give you peace and comfort.

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  3. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Bob’s family. I always enjoyed our conversations, usually at least once a year. Bob and my mother Kathryn both attended Lee Edwards HS and he always asked about her. What a fine man he was! I will be forever grateful for Bob and Ginny supporting our sports ministries since we began in 1988 until the present! Men like Bob are hard to find anymore. Rest in peace Bob, we’ll miss you! Jack & Diana Brinkley with Sports Outreach.

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  4. I caddied for Mr. Hunter several times at BFCC. His son, Bob, and I were great friends in high school and members of the basketball team. Condolences to the family for their loss.

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  5. Bob and Ginny were dear friends of my family, and Bob called me often to “check up” after my parents passed away. Bob always knew what to say and do, and I will never forget his kindness and friendship. Bobby, Mary and Anne – I am so sorry for your loss; your daddy was a great man, and he loved you very much.

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  6. What a wonderful tribute to a fine man of the Greatest generation. What a legacy he leaves because of all those he helped making their lives better. Truly a family man- Anne, Mike, Amy, Hunter , Ashley & Spencer – we are thinking of you. Mr Hunter is a lot to miss. Love, Mandy Daniel

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  7. Bob and my partner, Rolland King who died last November often dined together at BFCC. Rolland, Pokey Coleman and Bob spent many hours together on Lake Lure. The last time we dined together Bob told me his first car dealership was in Forest City. He was a great community leader who will be missed. Godspeed old friend!

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  8. My Dad, Ray Cox, worked for Bob and Joe from 1952-1974 in the parts dept. they were very kind to him. Daddy died in 2017 at age of 93 after working til he was 88 years old. My condolences on Mr Hunters passing. Daddy always spoke fondly of him.

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  9. I always adored my Uncle Bob and was so happy living at his house for a bit after we lost ours in a fire. Sending love and peace to our entire Hunter family.

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  10. He sure taught me a lot. I appreciate even more now his positive professional attitude and his patience in teaching me some fundamental business truths. His Christian faith was evident in everything he did. Rest in Peace Bob, I look forward to our next meeting.

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  11. My prayers and sympathy are extended to the loving family of Bob. He was a great man and will be missed by all. May he rest in peace in his heavenly home.
    Neil Thagard

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  12. My condolences to all the Hunter family. I have known Bob for forty five years at Arden Presbyterian Church. What a kind , generous Christian gentleman he was. I had the honor of serving Jesus on the session with Bob for quite a few years. I never saw Bob so much as raise his voice or never say anything negative about anyone. He was a perfect Christian businessman. I look forward to seeing Bob and Virginia in Heaven,

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  13. Bobby and family so sorry for your lost,Mr. Hunter was a great guy and always up beat and I looked forward to seeing him always.The family will be my thoughts and prayers.Love to all of you and it was great seeing you today Mary even under these conditions.

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  14. Bob was one of the Best., and I am so happy he lived a long, productive, and wonderful life. I know his family misses him. The Hunters and the Colemans were great friends, and I love you all.

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  15. Bobby,
    I have just learned of Bobs passing ,and I am deeply saddened at our loss. He was
    A bright star of the Greatest Generation ! Love and prayers to you, Mary, and Ann.

    Barbara Ayers-King

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