POINT CLEAR — When the “new” Grand Hotel reopened in 1941, Chester Hunt reported to work for his first day. Over the decades he became a part of the Grand’s rich history. It is with much sadness that the Grand Hotel announces the death of …
POINT CLEAR — When the “new” Grand Hotel reopened in 1941, Chester Hunt reported to work for his first day. Over the decades he became a part of the Grand’s rich history. It is with much sadness that the Grand Hotel announces the death of longtime associate and friend, Chester Hunt.
“Chester was a treasure to the Grand Hotel and the community,” said David Clark, hotel general manager. “He received numerous Hotel and Industry Awards for his hospitality and spirit to serve. Chester exemplified Southern hospitality and he knew the Grand’s traditions and lived them. His contributions to the Grand Hotel will be a part our history forever. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Chester and his family.”
Born in Jackson, Miss., Hunt lived most of his adult life in Fairhope with his wife, Mary, who passed away in February of this year. Hunt served in the U.S. Army during World War II and started to work at the Grand on April 18, 1941. His first job at the Grand Hotel was a server in main dining room. He later worked as a bellman, driver and, finally, the official historian for the Grand Hotel.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, he conducted regular history tours for the hotel guests and special tours for groups. Hunt was honored by Marriott International in May of 1998 as the recipient of the J.W. Marriott Award of Excellence.
Hunt also owned an insurance company in Fairhope for more than 20 years. He also has served on the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Hunt died on Saturday, May 5. His visitation and funeral service will be held tomorrow at the Lebanon AME Chapel in Fairhope, at the corner of Middle Avenue and Young Street. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. The funeral will begin at 2. Burial will be at the Twin Beech Cemetery in Point Clear. Arrangements are by Wolfe Funeral Home in Fairhope.