By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Carol Hunton left life behind in every step he took forward. He built a treasure of memories in the relationships that he made throughout his life.
Hunton died Feb. 5, 2005.
Bob Wood, New Mexico’s state senator from 1971 to 1981, was a friend of Carroll’s for over 50 years. He said, that Carroll worked hard at being a friend by nurturing those that formed a friendship with him.
“There was something about him,” said Wood. “He carried the presence of character within him that gave him the ability to be a good friend. In order to have a friend you have to be one, Wood said. And he was good at it.”
Wenonah Hunton, Carroll’s wife of 49 years, said Carroll provoked laughter in people making life more interesting.
“He did not focus on the negative,” she said. “He found joy in seeing others having fun.”
Carroll Hunton was born on April 17, 1925, in Forrest and graduated from high school there in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy and returned to the family farm in 1946. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico Junior College, which is now Eastern New Mexico University, in 1951 with a degree in business and economics.
He married Wenonah Thorn on Feb. 6, 1956. Carroll owned and operated the Portales Credit Bureau for 14 years. He was a member of the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ, the Sons of the American Revolution, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Republican Party. He moved to Albuquerque in 1969, returned to Clovis in 1978 and then back to Portales in 1983. He retired in the late 80’s.
According to David Hunton, Carroll’s son, regardless of where he lived, his father always wanted to know how the ENMU Greyhounds and the Portales High School Rams were doing in sports.
After retirement, Carroll stepped into the role of author when he began writing his own autobiography as requested by his children.
In his book called “A Son of the Eastern Plains,” Carroll said his children loved his stories about his life as a young boy so much that they asked him to write them down.
The book details the life of Carroll Hunton and all those that have enter his life. It reveals the struggles, the success and the wisdom gained from his experiences as a child to his later years revealing a life that has not been wasted.
“My life was changed for the better when I met Carroll,” said Wenonah. “He provide me an opportunity to see the world and through it all. We changed each other because we worked towards the same things.”
Name: Carroll Hunton
Born: April 17, 1925
Died: Feb. 5, 2005
Preceded in Death by: his parents; four brothers, Esten, Paul, J. W., and L.E. Hunton; two sisters, Velma James and Mozelle Nance; and two daughters, Elaine Hunton and Mary Jane Bowman.
Survived by: his wife; two sons, David Hunton of Portales and Tommy Hunton (and wife, Edna) of Bakersfield, Calif.; seven grandsons, Paul, Matt, Shawn, Ryan and Jason Hunton, Troy Testin, and Chase Graves; a granddaughter, Casey Graves; a great-grandson, Tre Hunton; a great-granddaughter, Emma Hunton; a brother, Wayne Hunton (Bess) of Clovis; and a sister, Lois Baker (Nile) of Roswell.