Charlene E. Altom Hunter, age 90 of West of Greenville, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday in Springfield, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Ward Sussenbach officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Church from 10 a.m. Monday until service time. Memorial donations may be made to Refuge Ranch 9350 Cascade Road, Rochester, IL 62563 at the Church or at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home..
Charlene Elizabeth Altom, the daughter of Lester Arthur Altom and Bertha Bernetta Davis Altom was born on December 29, 1928 in Greenville. She grew up here and attended Central School and graduated from Greenville High School in 1946. Charlene attended the University of Illinois in 1947.
Charlene and Ralph Mathias Hunter were united in marriage on July 23, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Greenville and have enjoyed over 68 years together before Ralph’s death on August 28, 2017. Charlene is survived by their daughter Sherrizan G. Mathis of Springfield who has lovingly cared for her mother in her declining health. Charlene is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Chad (Rebekah) Mathis of Fayetteville, AR, Chelsea (Paul) Linscott ministering in Hungary, Shane (Rene) Mathis on the farm west of Greenville, Holly Mathis of Springfield, and seven great-grandchildren: Melody, Leah, Logan, Levi, Ella, Ezra, and Ivy. Charlene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, and her sister Wauneta Sibley.
Charlene and Ralph lived on the farm west of Greenville, then lived in Rolla while Ralph served in the Service during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955. They returned to the farm where Charlene raised Sherrizan, helped on the farm, was active in the Bible Circle at Church, sang in the Choir, made costumes for many Nativity productions, and was an active member of the Greenville First United Methodist Church.