Atleaner “Sister” Hunter (née, Williams), was born on December 15, 1935 in Hatchechubbee, Alabama. She was the only child of Willie Maude Williams. She attended Russell County Training School in Hurtsboro, Alabama. She often told stories of the hard work she endured while working on the farm. Wanting a change for a better life, in 1955 she and her first born daughter, Bertha relocated to East Chicago, to reunite with her mother whom already moved to the area. Soon after she gave birth to her daughter Denise in 1956, she married Moses Hunter (late) and to this union came three daughters; Nancy, Yvonne and Farrah. She confessed to Christ at an early age. She served as a faithful member of Peace Baptist Church for over 40 years. Atleaner was always willing to help out when needed, whether she was on her post as an Usher or filling a request from the (late), Rev. F.D. Burns to sing a song for devotion.She worked many years in the Laundry Industry, until an opportunity presented itself. She gladly accepted to work in the Steel Mill. In 2001, she retired from American Steel Foundries with many years of service.With the skills of getting hair silky smooth with a "pressing comb" and the "clicking and clanking" of those curling irons, you would have thought she was a beautician, styling her children's hair or anyone else who request to be ready for church on Sunday. Let's not forget about all the request she received during Christmas time for some of her delicious "Souse Meat" seasoned only in a way she could do.
Before the term "organic" became popular, Atleaner's garden was always "organic" filled with the best collard greens, tomatoes and other tasty things. She loved frying us fresh green tomatoes from her garden that were cooked to perfection. Nothing compared to the taste of the vegetables in her garden. On Sunday, September 1,2019 at 4:30 am, Atleaner went home on that morning train to journey into the loving arms of our heavenly Father. She is preceded in death by her infant son Darnell Lamont Hunter; mother Willie Maude Williams; former husband of 32 years, Moses Hunter; uncle and aunt Lynn and Mary Williams; sister and brother-in-law Willie Mae and Nathaniel Dinkins and sister, Viola Samuels. She leaves to cherish her memories and carry on her legacy her daughters Bertha Austin, Nancy and Yvonne Hunter all of Gary, IN, Denise Williams, Farrah (Reginald) Thigpen and step-daughter Evangeline Miller all of East Chicago ; grandchildren, Germel Sanders, Delena (Tristan) Thomas, Lashawn Rollins, Tzadda (Donovan) Crosson, Moses (Talia) Anderson, Aliyah Armstead and Brandon, Laila, Fallon and Joshua Thigpen; half-brother and half-sister Ozell Gary and Ocie B. Warren of Hurtsboro AL;14 great-grandchildren; best friend, Lucille Washington and a host of nieces, nephews, first cousins and many loving and caring friends.
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