Craig Hunter, a former member of the Surry County Board of Commissioners, died Monday afternoon, ending a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
News concerning the death of Hunter, 48, who served the Mount Airy District on the board from 2002 to 2010, was relayed to the present commissioners Monday evening.
“Our secretary just called me,” Jimmy Miller, a 26-year-board veteran, said when reacting to the passing of a man he believes represented the county with distinction.
“I had an opportunity to serve with him and I never saw a commissioner as dedicated and knowledgeable as Craig was,” said Miller, one of two Mount Airy District board members.
Hunter, who spent many years in the construction industry, was especially instrumental in a massive building program for Surry schools which was under way during his tenure, Miller recalled.
“He was dedicated to what he was doing. He was such a nice guy,” Miller added. “We all adored him and appreciate what he brought to the board.”
Hunter stepped down from the county commission in 2010 shortly after being diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Replacing him was Garry Scearce, who died of cancer while in office. The Mount Airy District seat is now held by Larry Phillips.
In September, the Taylormade Fore Craig Golf Tournament honoring Hunter was held for the third year, to benefit ALS research and the ex-commissioner, whose wife is a former member of the county school board.
Funeral arrangements for Hunter were incomplete Monday evening.
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