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Funeral services for Mrs. Essie  Hunter, 72, will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Kingston Baptist Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. She will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Mrs. Hunter passed away on January 9, 2019. 

Ms. Essie Ann Garrett Hunter was born on August 25, 1946 in Talladega, Alabama to the late James “Puddin” Garrett and the late Ruthie Mae “Piggy” Morris Garrett Barclay.

At an early age, Ms. Hunter was baptized at Kingston Missionary Baptist Church and remained a lifelong member. She received her education at Nottingham School and Phyllis Wheatley High School before relocating to New York. Essie sacrificed to care for her family and provide a better life for them whether it meant relocating to do so. She was employed by the Brooklyn Board of Education, Talladega City Schools, Spring Valley Poultry Co., Talladega Healthcare Center, Chicago City Schools and Detroit Public Schools before retiring from Burns International Security. She returned to Talladega to become a fulltime caregiver for her mother until her passing. She also worked for Alpine Bay, Camp Cosby and she was a Certified Nursing Assistant. 

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Essie Ann received her call to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Jerry Charles Garrett and Lewis Hunter; a son and daughter, parents, James Garrett and Ruthie Mae Barclay; and five siblings, Rosemary G. Cunningham, Bobby Garrett, Dorothy Garrett, Daniel Glen Garrett and James Garrett. 

Essie leaves to mourn her passing: two daughters, Barbara (Arthur Woodgett) Fuller of Talladega, Alabama and Mylisa “Lee” Garrett of Birmingham, Alabama; two sons, Michael Garrett and Jerry “J-Dog” Garrett of Talladega, Alabama; one sister, Brenda (Steve) Swain of Pell City, Alabama; five brothers, Frank Edward Garrett of Detroit, Michigan, Jerry Garrett of Alpine, Alabama, Larry Garrett, Calvin Garrett and Gregory Garrett of Talladega, Alabama; nine grandchildren, Trytaious Fuller, Shareveise Garrett, Latrina Michelle Heath Garrett, Michael Heath Garrett, Mikale Sierra Heath Garrett, Shyanne Heath Garrett, Amiyah Bell Garrett, Kanochean Tyler Garrett and Kaliah Bell Garrett; four great grandchildren, Amya Renee Smith Fuller, Essesanie Garrett, Demetrius Trannon, Jr. and Taveon Barclay; father-in-law, Jerry Lee Garrett of Youngstown, Ohio; mother-in-law, Ada Hunter of Talladega, Alabama; step siblings, the Barclay family; two uncles, Jesse (Essie) Morris and Charlie (Eloise) Morris of Alpine, Alabama; two aunts, Jannie Ruth Cox of Alpine, Alabama and Lillie B. Welch of Niagara Falls, New York; four sisters-in-law, Mae Lois (Bubba) McKenzie of Winterboro, Alabama, Reverend Louise Morris of Talladega, Alabama, Annie Ree (Mike) Harmon of Winterboro, Alabama and Agnes Barber of Sycamore, Alabama; three brothers-in-law, Ernest Duncan, Jr. of Winterboro, Alabama, Matthew Duncan of Talladega, Alabama and Alonzo (Gayle) Duncan of Goodwater, Alabama; a Goddaughter, Shannin Ross; a best friend, Annie Mae Blue of Brooklyn, New York and her children, Tracy “K. K.” Blue, Patrick Blue and Cheryl (RIP); a special son and caregiver, Calvin Long; caregivers, Sonya Wallace, Kia Smoot, Veronica Downing, Missy Rivers, Valeeka Hart and Diane Brown; special friend of the family, Francine Spencer Garrett and Gina Ragland; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 


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  • Thursday, January 10, 2019
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  • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss, however, I have found comfort from the Scriptures that gives us hope for our deceased loved ones. Revelation 21:4 says; And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
    ~ M. Fenner   Anderson, IN
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you are suffering the loss of your dear loved one. May you find strength and some comfort in the words found in Nahum 1:7 which reads: ”Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
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