Surry County recently lost another leader this week with the Tuesday night death of Craig Hunter.
First elected to office in 2002, Hunter served on the board of commissioners for a decade, deciding to step down in December 2010 as the devastating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, began to take a toll on him and his ability to serve.
Hunter was a business man well-versed in the construction trade, and his expertise in this area lent itself to many needs in the county as the school system was undergoing a significant building phase.
Hunter was also a tireless worker, serving on a number of committees on behalf of the commissioners and county residents, sacrificing time from his family for the good of his community.
While Hunter could, at times, be perhaps overly direct in his dealings with some of the public, and while we sometimes disagreed with him on issues or the way he presented his position on certain issues, there was never any doubt that Hunter always had what he felt was the good of the county at heart when he took his seat at the commissioners meetings.
After retiring from the board, Hunter handled his deteriorating condition with much grace and class, and became an inspiration to many in Surry County.
As is the case with other local leaders who have died in recent months, Hunter’s death is a loss for us all. While the community is a poorer place with his death, Surry County is a better place for all that he did here, and for having been his home.