Sometimes a person can make such an indelible mark on the community that their passing can be felt across the entire County. Such is the case with Dr. Pat Hunnicutt who passed away this past Sunday, April 23 at the age of 73. Pat was well known all across LaGrange and Troup County and he will be sorely missed by so many.
Dr. Pat Hunnicutt was the son of the late Coach and Mrs. Oliver Hunnicutt and a 1961 graduate of LaGrange High School. He attended the University of Georgia, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and earned a B.S. degree in zoology in 1965. He played football for the Bulldogs and was a member of the Letterman’s Club. As a senior on Coach Vince Dooley’s first team, he participated in the Sun Bowl. He received his DDS degree from Emory University Dental School in 1969 and was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, serving at Fort Polk, La. before deploying to Vietnam.
Following military service, Dr. Hunnicutt returned to LaGrange, where he had a private dental practice for almost four decades. He was an elder of First Presbyterian Church and an alumnus of Leadership Georgia. He served as a director of Commercial Bank and Trust of LaGrange, a Synovus Bank, for 34 years. Earlier this year, local University of Georgia alumni, with support from the Callaway Foundation, established The Gail and William Oliver (Dr. Pat) Hunnicutt III Scholarship, honoring the couple for distinguished leadership to the university and lifelong service to Troup County. The endowed scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding UGA student who is a resident of Troup County.
He never looked for a place to lie down. Dr. Pat Hunnicutt was one that everyman could hold out as a model for his son’s. He was a gentleman and a leader in anything he endeavored to accomplish. He excelled at anything he set out to accomplish and football was what his dad knew and excelled at so that was what Pat set out to accomplish.
Coach Daves Nichols stated “I weighted him in the 9th grade and he weighed 92lbs. Whatever he did as an athlete or scholar he extended it to the maximum. He was a Christian and a family man and we all know he is in a better place now.”
His brother, Jim Hunnicutt, also had fond memories and words on his brother. “We never had a disagreement in our entire life.”
Ricky Wolfe, former Chairman of the Troup County Board of Commissioners, recalled Pat when he was associated with the city pool as head life guard, making Pat Wolfe’s first boss. Wolfe stated that he saw Pat a lot during this last five years and that he always had a smile on his face and was reading a book or watching a movie. He further stated “Pat was a testament to the strength of the human spirit. He was about living his life and was never dejected.”
Pat will certainly be missed.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer