Mother Leatrice Ernestine Ray Hunt

Born: Wed., Dec. 18, 1929
Died: Sat., Feb. 20, 2016


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 04, 2016
Location: BCOGIC

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 05, 2016
Location: Assembly of God Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 05, 2016
Location: Assembly of God Church

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Mother Leatrice Ernestine Ray Hunt, a pillar in this community and devout woman of God, departed this life peacefully on February 20, 2016.  She was born on December 18, 1929 to the union of the late Sylvester Duncan and Ernest Ray in Albany, NY. She was the second of two children and was pre-deceased by her brother Charles Ray. Mother Hunt, as she is known, was educated in the Albany City School District. She gave her life to the Lord in her youth and worshipped at Wilborn Temple Church of God In Christ (COGIC), Albany.

In the spring of 1945, she met and married the late Bishop James. E. Hunt, Sr. on February 24, 1946. To this union they were blessed with seven children. In 1955, her husband accepted God’s call to the ministry. In 1958 they founded and pastored the First Church of God In Christ in Hudson, NY where she began to serve as the church organist. In October 1960 they procured a storefront church at 151 Main Street in Beacon, NY. Three years later they purchased a building at 22 North Cedar St. in Beacon and converted it to Faith Temple COGIC. While still serving the Beacon community, she worked with her husband to establish another storefront church at 153 Main St. in Poughkeepsie that was named Beth-El. They later purchased and moved the church to 19 North Clover St., Poughkeepsie. In 1994 they purchased a school building at 91 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie and converted it into the current Beth-El COGIC.

She absolutely loved the work of the ministry. She always said that the business she was in was “soul business”. Winning souls to Christ! Together they established the Harvest Outreach Community Center where the indigent and homeless are provided free food, clothing and household items. A substance abuse program was also engendered.

Mother Hunt graduated from the Mid-Hudson Bible Institute, Poughkeepsie, NY, an institution her husband founded, with a Bachelors in Theology. She also received an honorary Doctorate degree from the Spirit of Truth Institute, Richmond, VA.

Her work through the church on both a local, state and national level, shines like a beacon of light. Her prowess as a fashionista, a woman of impeccable elegance whether in couture or second-hand vintage fashion, was second to none!  Mother Hunt is indeed a treasure to be remembered.

She leaves to cherish her memory seven children: James Hunt, Jr. (Patricia), Las Vegas, NV, Jeanette Carol Hunt, Poughkeepsie, NY, Charles Hunt, Glendale, AZ, Gregory Hunt (Terri), Owings Mills, MD,  Pastor Verdele M. Rudolph (Bishop Donald L. Rudolph, Jr.), Chester, NY, Elder John Hunt (Sondra), Mitchellville, MD and Pastor Dwight Hunt, Poughkeepsie, NY; A foster daughter, Regina Lee, Charlotte, NC; 25 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, March 4, 2016, 5 pm – 7 pm at Beth-El COGIC, 91 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie followed by services at 7 pm.  A Homegoing Celebration will be Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Faith Assembly of God, 254 Spackenkill Rd, Poughkeepsie with Visitation from 9 am – 11 am immediately followed by service.  Bishop Corby Bush, Dallas, Texas will be officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home, 39 South Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601 (845 452-1840).

Memorial donations can be made to the James & Leatrice Hunt Community Empowerment Center with checks made payable to Beth-El COGIC.

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De'Juan Encarnacion
   Posted Wed March 02, 2016
RIP and SIP Mother Hunt. You will be truly missed, but never forgotten. I also appreciate everything you did for me and my family. I love you and will miss you!

Alice D. Legg
   Posted Thu March 03, 2016
To the entire family of Mother Leatrice Hunt, Be not dismayed what ever betide, God will take care of you all. From Mother Inez Spruill from The Master's Touch New Paltz, New York.

Ralph and Marisol Maloy and Family
   Posted Fri March 04, 2016
Hunt Family, Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Mother has taken her well earned position among the saints of God. She was a good and faithful servant. Our prayers are with you.

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