R. Hunter Chadwick Jr., 76, of Beaufort, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.
His service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort with the Rev. Tammy Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Chadwick “Hunter” was born in Carteret County to the late Richard H. “Itney” Chadwick and Maude Bloodgood Chadwick. An Eagle Scout in childhood, Hunter attended high school in Fayetteville and Raleigh, was a graduate of East Carolina University and also attended Northwestern Mortgage Banking School. While at ECU, Hunter was president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and served on the dean’s advisory board. Hunter worked for Cameron-Brown Mortgage Co. as manager in Rocky Mount and Raleigh, finally settling in Fayetteville, where he teamed up with longtime real estate development partner Homer Barrett, forming Barrett & Chadwick Developers. This entity specialized in home building, land development and general contracting. Barrett & Chadwick was instrumental in Cumberland County’s expansion as its population grew westward, having conceptualized and developed such neighborhoods as Montclair, Devonwood and Huntington Park, as well as multiple water companies. Further, in Fayetteville, Hunter served as the chairman of the city planning board in addition to being president of the homebuilder’s association.
Having family roots and a life-long interest in the Crystal Coast, Hunter moved full time to Beaufort in 1991. While in Beaufort, Hunter served as mayor for four years, boasting such achievements as extending water service down Highway 101 to develop an industrial park, which is very successful today, helping to start the Boys & Girls Club, and changing the town’s administrative style to a manager form of government. Hunter was also appointed chairman of the Morehead City Navigation and Pilotage Commission and served on the Economic Development Council. For civic work, he was involved with the Beaufort Historical Association. Being very devout in his Christian faith, Hunter served on the vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a member of the endowment committee.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Bowen Chadwick of Beaufort; one daughter, Laura Chadwick Sicklin and husband Paul of Beaufort; one son, Richard Hunter Chadwick III and wife Teresa of Beaufort; a cousin, Sterling Heller of Texas; one nephew, Bradford Quick Chadwick and wife Kathryn of Huntersville; and sister-in-law, Gwynne Chadwick of High Point.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Chadwick; and nephew, Martin Chadwick.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the family home.
Flowers may be sent, or donations can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 215 Ann St., Beaufort, NC 28516.
Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.