Cherrill “Ann” Smith Hunter, 78, passed away June 25, 2022, surrounded by family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, after a long illness. 

Ann was born on February 24, 1944, in Greenville, South Carolina. She attended public schools there before her parents moved to Gainesville, where she completed her studies in Commercial Business Education. Her father, a radio personality, moved the family to Baxley in 1962 to work at WHAB radio station. She graduated from Appling County High School the same year.

She met the love of her life, Corbitt Hunter of Surrency while working at Fulghum drug store in Baxley. They were married on October 24, 1964. Over the years Ann worked for a newspaper in Gainesville, as a manager of public housing in Baxley, in a cafeteria near Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, where her husband was stationed, as a pharmacy tech, medical office manager, and telephone operator.

She and her husband moved to Liberty County in 1968. Passionate about crafting, Ann gifted many creations to those she loved. She loved Fall weather and would travel to the mountains with her husband to see the leaves change colors and to visit all the various craft shops. She loved the Lord, her church, Southern gospel music, and soul-winning preaching. She and her husband would travel to many such events – the last being just this month. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis Johnson Smith and Carolyn Joyce Tillotson Smith, brother Franklin Ross Smith, sister Barbara Arlene Smith, and her dogs Casey and Jack.

She is survived by her husband Corbitt Dross Hunter, Sr.; son Corbitt Dross Hunter, Jr. (Tammy); daughter Brandi Hunter Kohari (Andy); grandchildren Elizabeth Ashley Hunter (Kenny), Jennifer Brooke Hunter (Caleb), and their Mother Rene Adams; Morgan Paige Williams, Madyson Kaye Williams, Alexis Jean Williams; Niece Candi Claxton Steele (Jimmy); and several other nieces, nephews, and many friends.

The funeral service wa held at 3:00 p.m., June 30, at Gum Branch Baptist Church. 

 Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. 

An additional graveside service was held at 10:00 a.m., July 1, at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Surrency.

Pastors Gabe Gill and Parnell Aldridge officiated.

Active pallbearers were Steve Coleman, Kevin Horne, Frank Hunter, Michael Hunter, Doug Tillman, and Doug Williams. 

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Hughes, JC Hunter, Larry Smiley, Homer Tompkins, the Gum Branch Senior Adult Sunday School Class, and the Gum Branch Baptist Church office staff.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Gum Branch Baptist Church building fund.

The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s/Candler Home Health and the St. Joseph’s Hospital ER and 5th-floor staff for their compassion and wonderful care, especially Becky, Brittany, and Ashley.

Family and friends may sign the online register at

Arrangements were under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.