Bob Hunley

Robert "Bob" E. Hunley, 82, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. Bob was a member of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. Bob was born in 1931 to parents Eva Jones Hunley and Robert Elwin Hunley. He attended and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force where he was stationed in Germany and served as a jet engine mechanic for the Air Force's first European aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Bob attended The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and McKenzie College where he studied business and earned a degree in accounting, later gaining employment at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. He remained at Blue Cross until his retirement 39 years later achieving the position of Vice President of Administrative Services and Properties. He was instrumental in planning, designing, and overseeing the construction of the Pine Street Blue Cross Building and the renovation of several other downtown buildings purchased by Blue Cross. Bob also held memberships in several organizations in the Chattanooga Area. He was active in the Administrative Management Society and the Chattanooga Exchange club. While in the Exchange Club, Bob held every office, including President several times, and he chaired every committee at least once. At the district level, he was president and set the record for the most clubs built. He also chaired the Education and Training committee for many years. At the national level, he served on several committees and was awarded membership into the National Court of Honor, which is the highest honor bestowed by the National Exchange Club. Bob also was an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and supported the Exchange Club Cottage at Bethel Bible Village. Bob, with his wife Billie, spent 18 years as state directors for the Cinderella Girl Scholarship Pageant System. He also served on the International Staff with this same pageant. Bob was a sought after pageant judge around the area judging Chattanooga Junior Miss and many other local pageants. When not working, in his leisure time, Bob enjoyed golfing and was an avid season ticket holder supporting the Tennessee Vols. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Robert Hunley and his wife, Billie Ann Hunley. He is survived by his daughter, Susann Selzer and her husband, Dr. Jerrold L. Selzer of Rising Fawn, GA; daughter, Ann Burt and her husband, Randy Burt of East Ridge; grandchildren, Ayren Selzer, Lexie Selzer, Kristina Selzer, and Matthew Burt; sister, Joy Wheeler and niece, Judy Cox, of Purcellville, Va. Visitation will be held at Chattanooga Funeral Home East on Moore Road today from 4-7 p.m. with the funeral service being held at 7 p.m. with Dr. William E. Dudley, Senior Pastor of Signal Mountain Presbyterian, officiating. A private burial will be held on Saturday at Lakewood Memory Gardens East on Shallowford Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Second Life of Chattanooga or Bethel Bible Village in Hixson. The family would like to thank Bob's caregivers, Jackie Ross, Lisa Sain, Jennifer Massingill, and John Turner for the love and care they provided him on a daily basis. We would also like to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Athens, Tenn. and East Ridge Life Care Center. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.

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