Sylvia Marie Chavis Hunter

March 21, 1930 ~ August 8, 2020 (age 90)


Sylvia Marie Chavis Hunter was born on March 21, 1930 in Newport News, Virginia.  She moved to Newark, NJ where she spent her childhood.  She was very sociable and engaged in many school and community activities. Upon graduating from Southside High School in 1949, she was accepted to and attended Berkley College of Business.   

Sylvia loved going out to dance.  At one of these dances, she met the love of her life, Ernest “Buddy” Hunter.  On April 16, 1949, they wed.  A year later, they celebrated the arrival of their first daughter, Rosalind.  A year after that, they welcomed their second daughter, Yvonne.  Sylvia was a committed and dedicated stay-at-home mother who put off her career until her daughters were in grammar school.  

Her first job was at RCA.  Next, she went on to work at Westinghouse in Bloomfield, NJ.  In 1965, the family relocated to East Orange, NJ.  Four years later, Paulette, her first and only granddaughter was born.  Sylvia used her business skills to move up the ranks to Supervisor at Mutual Benefit in Newark, NJ and remained in this position until retirement in 1988.

Sylvia was a world traveller after retiring.  She visited over 10 countries.  Some of her favorites were Italy, France, Belgium, Turkey, Sweden, and Greece.  She and Buddy also took cross-country trips to sight see and visit family and friends.  

The family moved to Linden, NJ in June of 1993.  Although retired, she took on one last job - helping to raise her great-granddaughters, Taylor and Sydney, who she affectionately called her “Sugar Plums”.  They lovingly referred to her as “Nina”. 

Above all, Sylvia was a woman of faith and a devoted member of Messiah Baptist Church in East Orange, where she attended until the time of her death.  Sylvia loved the Lord.  She participated and enjoyed Bible Study and Sunday School, and formerly served on the Missionary ministry.  

Sylvia was loved by all.  Her family and friends will cherish her memory and remember her as one who was caring and loving.  Anyone who met Nina, instantly loved her.  People were drawn to her kindness, beautiful smile, sweet angelic voice, and sincere love.  They will remember all the get-togethers she hosted over the years and how much she cherished her family and friends.

Sylvia is survived by: devoted daughters, Rosalind Raney and Yvonne Hunter; granddaughter, Paulette Salomon (Spencer); great-granddaughters, Taylor Salomon and Sydney Salomon, a sister-friend, Doris Koonce, the one she called the son she never had, Pastor Dana Owens, cousins, many nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and dearly loved friends.

“I have fought the good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.” 

2nd Timothy 4:7

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