Charles “Mac” McFarland Hunter

April 9, 1942 - November 11, 2022
Charles “Mac” McFarland Hunter

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On Friday, November 11, 2022, Charles “Mac” McFarland Hunter, loving husband, and father of two children, passed away at the age of 80 in Wilmington, NC. He was born on April 9, 1942, in Salisbury, NC to Robert and Miriam (Stevenson) Hunter. On August 27, 1966, he married Mary Frances Allen. They raised a daughter, Leigh, and a son, Allen.

Mac received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1967, after serving as a member of the Army Reserves. He retired from his C. Mac Hunter, P.A. law firm in 2017 after practicing for fifty years. During his career, he not only helped others find justice, but he also strove to ensure accessibility and affordability of legal services to those who would otherwise receive inadequate representation. Mac served over thirty years as the attorney for the town of Erwin, NC. In addition, he served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Dunn, NC, and on numerous boards including Good Hope Hospital, Central Carolina Bank, BB&T and First Federal Bank.

In 2017, Mac was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina to persons “for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.” He was also recognized as the Town of Erwin Citizen of the Month and received a letter of great appreciation from the Office of Indigent Defense Services of the State of North Carolina for his years of dedicated service to those who sought counsel in their greatest time of need.

Mac was devoted to his family and friends and loved them all dearly. He lived every day to the fullest; among his many interests were golf, flying airplanes, boating, snow skiing, dancing the “beach step,” telling a good joke and playing the harmonica.

Mac was preceded in death by his father, Robert; his mother, Miriam; his brother, Robert, of Salisbury, NC; and his sister-in-law, Barbara Dunn, of Fayetteville, NC.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Leigh (Scott) Morris, of Watkinsville, GA; son, Allen (Christin) Hunter, of Durham, NC; and his three grandchildren, Mary Katherine Morris and Emily Cullen Morris of Watkinsville, GA, and Riley JamesHunter of Durham, NC. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Betty (Don) Williamson, of Atlantic Beach,
NC; his brother-in-law, Joseph Fairley Dunn, of Fayetteville, NC; numerous nieces and a nephew.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Wrightsville United Methodist Church in Wrightsville Beach, NC, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will directly follow at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation in Wilmington, NC.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the American Parkinson Disease Foundation or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (Hospice Center).

Condolences may be shared with the Hunter Family online at

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.

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  • November 29, 2022
    Jimmy McGee says:
    Mac you will be greatly missed. You taught me how to treat people and gave me the courage to go on my own out of law school and to help people. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and your family. Love you Mac.

  • November 28, 2022
    Lynn pender says:
    Mr Mac u will be missed by so many you touched the lives of so many people. I will never forget u

  • November 28, 2022
    Lynn pender says:
    Mr Mac ,I sure miss u so much Im very thankful for the time i got to spend with u and Ms Mary. You will always be in my heart as will Ms Mary.

  • November 28, 2022
    James Warren says:
    Mary, I am sorry for your loss and I pray for you and the family. I remember you and Mac spending a couple of days with AM and myself at Lake Gaston several years ago and riding the pontoon boat. I never had the opportunity to spend much time with Mac , but I found him to be a very pleasant person to be around. He will be missed and we will cherish the memories of him. Prayers for you all! James Warren

  • November 22, 2022
    Kedar Bryan says:
    Mary, All the Bryans are saddened to learn of Mac's death. You and Mac were favorites of my folks, from law firm times to Chicora Drive days, and they valued your friendship immensely. Mac always made my Mom laugh, and both Mom and Dad loved their time together with you. Please accept our sympathy and know you and your family are in our prayers.