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Salem born and bred, Hunter graduated from Salem High School in 1979 lettering in Cross Country and Track. After attending Virginia Western and American National University, he received a AA Degree in Business Management. He joined the Army in 1981. In 1988, he continued his education at Elon University as a member of its ROTC Program. Hunter received his Military Commission as a Finance Officer in 1990 and graduated with a BS Degree in Business Administration.
For 36 years, Hunter served in the U.S Army, Army Reserve and National Guard-8 years in the enlisted ranks and 28 years as a Officer. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has held numerous leadership positions in his career to include overseas positions as Disbursing and Contracting Officer for Joint Task Force Jaguar in Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize, Budget Officer for NATO in Pristina, Kosovo during Operation Joint Guardian, Resource Manager, DoD Office of Commemorations, Chief of the Media Operations Center at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and Deputy Director of Ceremonies and Events for DoD Office of Commemorations. Hunter's civilian work experience includes Marketing Director, Insurance, Public Affairs and Events Management.
Hunter is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Salem Republican Committee. He was active for many years coaching his son's soccer and football teams in the Richmond area. His hobbies include anything with his family-going to the beach, running, working out, music festivals and sporting events and an occasional happy hour with friends.
Hunter's family includes partner Amy Willis, his parents Henry and Kathryn Holliday, his sister and brother-in-law Mary and Craig Hatmaker, all of whom reside in Salem. His children Kaitlin Holliday, her partner Jamar Carter, grandson Kash, son Garrett Holliday and girlfriend Genna Benton reside in Richmond.