Born in Marion, NC on January 14, 1944.
Married to the former Nancy Hinson of Belmont; two children, Megan Hunter Entriken, and Claire A. Hunter. Member and former trustee, First Baptist Church, Marion, N.C.
McDowell County Public Schools
BA, Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1966
JD, UNC Law School, 1969
National Judicial College, 1999, appellate judge course
Judge, NC Court of Appeals. Appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. in July 1998, and elected to an eight year term in Nov. 1998.
Candidate for N.C. Supreme Court,in 2002 and 2010.
Senior attorney and president of law firm Hunter & Evans, PA 1970-1998.
NC Representative, 49th House District 1980-1998.
Significant legislation passed included the Highway Trust Fund, Natural Gas Expansion Fund, NC Victims' Bill of Rights, NC Victims' Compensation Fund, Date Rape Bill and Establishment of Lake James State Park.
Assistant District Attorney 1969-1970.
McDowell County attorney 1970-1994.
Former co-owner and vice-president of Builder Supply of McDowell, Inc.
NC House Judiciary Committee, former chairman
NC House Appropriation sub-committee on General Government, former co-chairman
Council of State Governments, past chairman (1994)
Executive Committee and all other committees of the Council of State Governments, member
Organizational Planning and Coordination Committee of the Council of State Governments, former chairman
Southern Legislative Conference, past chairman (1990)
Southern Legislative Conference Executive Committee, former member
Southern Legislative Conference Justice Public Safety Committee, former chairman
Federalism Steering Committee, former member
Legislative Highway Study Commission, co-chairman (1987-89)
NC Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee (1993)
Completed Center for Creative Leadership Development Program
North Carolina Advisory Council on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, former member
Boards And Commissions
North Carolina Courts Commission, member and past chairman
NC Sentencing Commission, former member
BarCARES Board of Directors
N.C. Bar Association Bench/Bar Liaison Committee
American Bar Association, member
NC Bar Association, member, former member board of governors and executive committee
29th Judicial District Bar Association, member and past president
McDowell County Bar Association, member and past president
N.C. Bar Association, member
Legislative & Law Committee, former chairman
NC County Attorney's Association, past president
Honors And Awards
Region C Law Enforcement Association, Legislator of the Year (1994)
Recognized by North Carolina District Attorneys' Association for contributions to Criminal Justice (1986)
Outstanding North Carolina County Attorney Award (1981-82)
Legislative Award by McDowell County Board of Education (1986)
Family Services of McDowell County Award in appreciation for defending the basic rights of battered women and abused children (1985)
Legislative Award by Governor's Commission on Infant Mortality
Outstanding Public Official by National Association of County Park and Recreational Officials (1992)
Recognized by North Carolina League of Municipalities for Service to Citizens of North Carolina (1989)
Keeper of the Ridge Tops Award presented by Western North Carolina Tomorrow (1994)
Recipient of Award, City of Raleigh (1989)
McDowell County Citizen of the Year (1984)
Marion Civitan's Citizen of the Year (1988)
Voted Politician of the Year by citizens responding to McDowell News Survey (1995)Honorary Fire Chief, McDowell County Volunteer Fireman's Association.
N.C. Healthy Start Foundation, former Treasurer and board member
Southmountain Children's Services, board member
NC Victims' Assistance Network, former board member
Rotary Club of Raleigh, member
Marion Rotary Club, former member and past president
McDowell Economic Development Association,member and former director
Agency of Public Telecommunications, board of directors, 1981-1982
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (1985)
Marion Jaycees, former member and past secretary
McDowell Chamber of Commerce, member and former director
McDowell United Fund, former director
McDowell Arts & Crafts Association, member and former director
The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health, former member
Governing Magazine's Advisory Committee on Infrastructure, former member
University Activities and Affiliations
UNC Board of Visitors, former member
UNC Law Alumni Association, member and former director
UNC Alumni Association, life member (#758)
McDowell/Avery/Mitchell/Yancey UNC Alumni Association, past president
First Governor of Scott Residence College
Men's Residence College Court, chairman
Dean of Men's Office, student employee
Aycock Dormitory, floor advisor
Lewis Dormitory, head resident advisor
Morehead College, college master
Golden Fleece, member and Jason
Society of Janus, member
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, alumnus and former vice-president of alumni board
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, alumnus and life member
Delta Theta Phi Fraternity, alumnus
UNC Parents Council, former member
Article in Southern View of Washington, November, 1985: Victims of Crime: Victims of Our Criminal Justice System
Decided approximately 4,000 cases and authored approximately 1,400 opinions as a Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals