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Cave City community mourning the loss of former fire chief, mayor and coroner Bob Hunt

Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 8:12 AM CDT
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CAVE CITY, Ky. (WBKO) - The Cave City community is mourning the loss of former mayor, fire chief, and Barren County Coroner Bob Hunt.

“Bob just had a servant’s heart. He has done so much for Cave City, Barren County and across the Commonwealth in the fire service, with the coroner’s office. He just was selfless,” Current Barren County Coroner Tim Gibson said.

Hunt owned Bob Hunt Funeral Chapel in Cave City, which opened in 1970. Hunt died on Easter Sunday, serving Cave City for more than 40 years.

“He wanted to mentor people, he wanted people to be better, and, through his training and his tutorage he has helped a lot of people,” Gibson explained. Gibson went on to say that Hunt’s leadership is the reason why he decided to follow in his footsteps as Barren County Coroner.

Hunt was born November 14, 1941 in Barren County, the only child of Young and Ceatrice Poynter Hunt. Bob Hunt married his high school sweetheart Linda Gayle Jolly in 1964. They both attended Caverna High School.

He took on the role of Cave City fire chief in the 1970s, he was also elected to the office of the Barren County Coroner.

“He actually was, along with a few others around here, instrumental in organizing the Kentucky Coroner’s Association that actually conducts training in the way we do our work today,” Gibson said.

After stepping away from roles of fire chief and coroner, Hunt ran a successful campaign for mayor of Cave City which lead to many improvements of the area.

“I think Cave City, a lot of this area, maybe doesn’t fully realize just exactly what all Bob had his hand in and got done. You know, he wasn’t one that wanted a lot of recognition,” Gibson explained.

Hunt is survived by his wife Linda, with whom he had no biological children, but also considers Corey William Lohden, a grandson.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday April 7 at 1 at the Bob Hunt Funeral Chapel, Cave City, with burial in the Cave City Cemetery.

Visitation at the funeral home will be on Tuesday from 4 to 8 and on Wednesday from 10 until time of the funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cave City Fire Department or to the Cave City Cemetery.

Due to the pandemic the funeral home capacity is limited to 60% and everyone must wear a mask and maintain the six foot distancing as mandated by the governor.

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