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Eddie Lee Hunter
The late Rev. Eddie Lee Hunter. |

The Rev. Eddie Lee Hunter, 68, died from COVID-19. He served as pastor of Miracle Missionary Baptist Church and as the president of the Northeast District Baptist Convention. Hunter became ill around March 21.

He died Sunday at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City. A private service was held Thursday, with plans for a larger celebration of life to be held at a later date, AL.com reported.

“Rev. Hunter was a very humble individual. He wasn't too flashy, but you always somehow felt his spirit,’’ Valarie Oliver, a relative and church member told the publication. “He was what I would call a silent leader. When he did speak it was powerful and meaningful. He loved his community and his church congregation.”

She added that his passing has left a void in his community that will be hard to fill.

“His death has definitely left a void in this community that will not be easy to fill. Many individuals were shocked to hear about his passing,’’ Oliver said. “Rev. Hunter knew individuals from many walks of life. He was very active from a clergy and community standpoint.”

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