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Dr. Ethan Hunter Chavis

March 7, 1995 ~ December 29, 2020 (age 25)


Bennettsville, SC

Dr. Ethan Hunter Chavis, age 25, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Hunter was full of unconditional love, genuine joy, belly of laughs, and an imagination that superseded anyone’s in Hollywood. Hunter knew the secret to life that so many of us search for, he lived in anticipation of the moment. He was content with his circumstances in the comfort of his surroundings.

At the age of 2 the doctors found him to be legally blind, stating that he would never see anything clearly. To strangers looking at him they saw physical disabilities. Medical doctors and personnel saw diagnoses, lists of medications, various diagnostic testing that needed to be done, special needs and poor prognosis. But Hunter did see, he knew each person that walked into his home and never forgot a name. He remembered every toy and gift he was given and the person that gave it to him. He could see when you were sad even when you tried to hide it from him. In those moments you spent with him, he transformed your life and your perspective.

He endured innumerous medical diagnostic testing, doctors’ appointments, medical transports, visits to the Emergency Room, extended stays in the Children’s ward of the hospital. Each time he was discharged with a new limitation on his life, and each time he beat the odds that were given to him. Time and time again, Hunter defied the odds he was given.

Hunter’s understanding of what was happening to him each time he visited a doctor or medical facility showed at a very early age through his imagination. He began to imitate all the medical staff he came into contact with through roll playing. Any and all visitors became a patient at Dr. Hunter’s clinic. In order for Dr. Hunter to diagnosis you, your symptoms had to be acted out well which in turned caused him to have huge belly laughs. His laughs was always our cure.

His love of music wasn’t limited to just nursery rhymes he loved country music, lullabies, hymns and Christmas carols was by far his favorite. His favorite song was Holly and Ivey. To some having a song play on repeat for several days and sometimes weeks on end was monotonous, but to Hunter each time was as if he heard it for the first time.

He loved celebrating his birthday and all the gifts he received, but he enjoyed Christmas more than any other time of the year. The day after he would always ask how many more days he had til Christmas again. It wasn’t just the gifts that he loved but he understood the meaning of Christmas as Jesus’ birthday.

He loved to be outside, he enjoyed swimming, making mud pies, playing with water guns and his porch swing but most of all he loved playing Doctor and Dentist. He loved being read too by his mama, daddy T and other family or friends. His favorite stories were Jonah and the whale, David and Goliath and Peter Rabbit. His heart’s desire was to just spend time with his loved ones.

Hunter faced many challenges in his life overcoming each one like a true Olympian. Hunter may have been limited to his home, he may not have played sports or participated in school activities. But the way he lived his life altered all of the lives who knew him or heard a “Hunter” story, he changed us all for the better.

Hunter leaves behind to cherish his memory, mother & daddy, Shannon McDowell Hood and Tony; father, James Heath Chavis (Samantha); sisters, Sophia Hood, Maraya Chavis, Jacy Chavis; brothers, Nick Polson, Tyler Bullard; grandparents, Donna & Maxie Taylor, Frank & Peggy Chavis, Gene McDowell, Steve & Tommie Morton; special aunts, Hope Crane, Ginny Smith “Gigi”, Joyce “Joy” Smith; uncles, Alton Hudgins, Steven Taylor, Michael Hatcher, Mitchell Hatcher, Jody (Misty) Hood; cousins, Isabel Crane, Dalton Robinson, Gracey Robinson, and Warren Hood. The family would like to acknowledge the special care he received from Hope Jones Williams, Carolie Simon, Vivian McKinnon and Dianna Hatcher.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Papa Joe Hood, Venus McDowell; great grandparents, Polly Dowd Quick “Gaga”, Willie Turner, Edith Gibson, Magelene Hatcher Turner, Pauline McDowell, Carolyn Coley.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Christian Fellowship Church with burial to take place at Sunset Memorial Park. A visitation will take place from 12:00-12:45 P.M. prior to the service. The Rev. Julius Bunch and Rev. Russ Goins will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Make A Wish Gift Processing 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85011.

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Funeral Service
January 2, 2021

1:00 PM
Christian Fellowship Church (Sunset Memorial Park)

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