Funeral services for Rev. Hunter Speed Sr. will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at New Haven Baptist Church.
Funeral services for Rev. Hunter Speed Sr. will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at New Haven Baptist Church. Rev. Leroy Carter III will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Robert Lee Brown Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Oakgrove No. 3 Cemetery. Rev. Hunter Speed was born Aug. 12, 1924 to the late Frank and Sallie Speed in Dundee, Miss. Rev. Hunter Speed confessed a hope in Christ at an early age. He was a faithful member of Pleasant Joy M. B. Church until the Lord called him home. In 1991, he announced his calling into the ministry and became an ordained minister. On March 16, 1991, he preached his first sermon at Pleasant Joy M.B. Church. Rev. Hunter received his education at St. Mary School in Helena. At the age of 18 he began his career in the U.S. Army. His career as a solider only lasted a few years because he was severely burned while enlisted. Riceland Foods employed Hunter for many years. In 1947 Hunter and Louisa Mitchell married. To this union five children were born. After more than 40 years of marriage Louisa preceded him in death. Later he married Earnestine Hill who preceded him in death. Rev. Speed departed this life Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. He was preceded in death by one son, Eddie B. Speed, five brothers, Walter Speed Sr., Jessie Speed, Cleotha Speed, Charlie Speed and Jimmy Speed; a sister, Sallie Speed Williams. He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons, Hunter Jr. (Listeen) Speed of Hot Springs, Henry (Delois) Speed, of Helena; two daughters, Ferry (Rev. Isaac) Tribune and Dorothy Speed, all of Helena-West Helena; a daughter/niece, Sandra Tyler of Conway; a stepson, Douglas Hill of Helena-West Helena; four stepdaughters, Carolyn (James) Parks, of Helena-West Helena, Deborah Pruitt of Memphis, Jackie (Ray) Plummer, of Little Rockland Sheila (Ira) Parker, of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Verna Mae Speed (Allen) Hill, of Helena-West Helena; a daughter-in-law, Wanda (Willie) Robinson, of Helena; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.