Published: Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:10 PM CDT
Mr. Clarence Edward Hunsinger, formerly of Athens, passed away on June 7, 2007 at the age of 85 in Hiawassee, Ga., surrounded by family members.
Mr. Hunsinger was born in 1921 in Bradford County, Pa., to the late Floyd and Anna Lane Hunsinger. Growing up in Athens, he was a standout track and field and football athlete. He joined the Army Air Force and served throughout W.W. II. Subsequently, he married Phyllis Arlene DeVoe of East Smithfield and started a family while earning his degree in Parks and Recreation at Penn State. Following a brief employment in New Jersey, he returned to Athens where he was Director of Parks and Recreation for over 16 years. Among other achievements, he directed the development of Round Top Park which overlooks the Valley today.
In 1969 the family moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., where he accepted the position of Director of Parks and Recreation for the city until retirement in 1980. For the ensuing 27 years Mr. and Mrs. Hunsinger have enjoyed life, family and travel, as well as establishing a mountain home in Hiawassee, Ga., and a winter home in Flagler Beach, Fla. In April of this year Mr. and Mrs. Hunsinger celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Mr. Hunsinger is survived: by his wife, Phyllis Hunsinger of Hiawassee, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Walter Fischer of Flagler Beach, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Jeanne Marie Hunsinger of Lewisville, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Marguerite Hunsinger of Flagler Beach, Fla.; sisters, Jean Isbell and Janet House both of Homosassa Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Audrey Herbruck, Andrew Fischer, Edward Hunsinger Jr., Brent Hunsinger, Stephanie Fischer, Lauren Hunsinger and Sabrina Vaccaro; as well as three great-grandsons.
Memorial services were held at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, Ga.