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Forrest William Hunt was a father, educator, children's advocate, and a "people lover". He was born in Rutherford County and could often be heard saying, "Rutherford County is the garden spot of the world". Forrest's parents were farmers, so he spent much of his time working on the farm. Every spare minute he could find, he played baseball as a catcher. He graduated from Cool Springs High School, Wake Forest College, and Appalachian University where he earned his master's degree. Forrest began his teaching career at Tri-High School in Henrietta teaching math.

During the summers he played ball for various local and traveling teams including the Forest City Owls, Greer King Cotton Team, Yankees Farm Team in Binghamton, New York, and semi-pro ball for the Chicago Cubs. However, education was his first love, and he quickly moved from the position of teacher to principal of Tri-High School. During the summers he continued his interest in baseball by working as a scout for the Chicago Cubs and New York Giants which later became the San Francisco Giants. Among many, Rutherford County legend "Smokey" Burgess was signed by Forrest Hunt.

The year Chase High School opened, Forrest was named principal, but this ended after a few months when he was named Superintendent of Rutherford County Schools. One of his children remembers him saying, "This is a dream come true", and for the next eleven years, he devoted his life to fighting for the best education possible for the children of Rutherford County. Forrest was also instrumental in founding Isothermal Community College for "the kids", as he referred to the students of Rutherford County.

Mr. Hunt was an active, loyal member of the Caroleen Baptist Church and a strong family man; he and his wife Katherine had three children. Katherine was also an educator who taught business and typing at Tri-High School and Chase High School until she retired. Forrest was a very positive, happy person who loved to tease and tell funny stories and jokes. He traveled all over the United States and the world, but he never met a "stranger". He truly loved Rutherford County and its people.
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