The Wilson County Bar Association honored longtime attorney Jerry Hunt on Wednesday for his years of service to the community.
Coordinator Karen Casey said that the bar has a committee which selects an honoree annually.
Hunt was an obvious choice, not only for his work practicing law, but for his roles as a United States Air Force veteran, having served in Vietnam and as a former assistant district attorney and city council member.
"You ought to be honored," said friend and fellow attorney Jack Lowery, as he shared stories with the audience. "You've had a distinguished career."
Hunt's former legal secretary Anita Holman said that he was just as passionate about aiding employees as he was his clients. "He is an excellent businessman but has never forgotten his compassion... I've seen him adjust bills to make sure it was affordable for his clients," she said, adding that on many occasions she has referred to him fondly as her "work father."
Bobby Hibbett, who worked with Hunt as assistant district attorney, recalled Hunt's wisdom when he was trying a first degree murder case.
"On the first day I made a motion to charge all the lesser included offenses, and the court said 'no,'" he said. "Jerry asked if we could have a recess and he said to me, 'By the end of this trial they will charge all of the lesser offenses. I just know.'
"Sure enough at the end all were charged," Hibbett said. "Jerry always had a sixth sense about him."
Stephen Brown awarded a humbled Hunt with a plaque in recognition of excellence following comments from Neal Agee and Lowery.
"Right now is the greatest time to be a lawyer. I don't know what else I would have been," Hunt said. "Words can't explain how I feel at this moment."
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