Mrs. Ora Hunter, wife of Mr. Felix Hunter, died at her home, in the vicinity of Randolph, Thursday of last week, and her burial took place at the Randolph burial ground on the day following, Rev. S. R. Forbess conducting the funeral services. Mrs. Hunter was about 35 years of age and is survived by her husband and three children.
[The Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., January 11, 1917]
Ora Lee Stephens Hunter was born on September 19, 1881, in Tennessee. She is the daughter of Mary Jones and James Stephens.
Ora married Felix Mahon Hunter on March 6, 1904, in Tipton County, Tennessee. During their short marriage, they had three children. The children’s names are Marnie Lee, Edgar E and James R Hunter.
The Boll Weevil Infestation was a major event in her lifetime. This occurred in 1915 when swarms of boll weevils arrived in the south. They demolished many cotton fields as the female boll weevil lays about 200 eggs every 10 days. The event was significant enough to merit a boll weevil song which you can listen to below.
A second interesting happening was the sell of the Adam Forepaugh and Sells Brothers Circus, at the time the “greatest show on earth”. Adam Forepaugh, incorporated a Wild West show into his circus and used to big top tents. James A. Bailey purchased the Forepaugh circus and created Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Ora Hunter died on January 5, 1917, near Randolph, Tipton County, Tennessee. She was 35 years old at the time of her death, and is buried in Randolph Cemetery.