Reverend Thomas Clifford Hunnicutt Jr.
by Halei Lamb | August 8, 2018 5:16 pm
Funeral services for Reverend Thomas Clifford Hunnicutt Jr. were held Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Harvester Baptist Church in Singapore, Southeast Asia, with his son, Cliff Hunnicutt III, officiating. Interment followed in the Chua Chu Kang Christian Cemetery. Rev. Hunnicutt passed away Friday, July 27, 2018, at his residence in Singapore.
Rev. Hunnicutt was born in Macon, but moved to Swainsboro with his parents as a young boy. He graduated from Swainsboro High School and worked with his father at Hunnicutt Funeral Home before pursuing God’s call into the Christian ministry. As a young man, he was active in many local organizations and was the 1954 recipient of the Golden Deeds Award presented by the Swainsboro Exchange Club. Rev. Hunnicutt was a member of Swainsboro First Baptist Church, where he was ordained to the ministry in October 1955. In the early years of his ministry, he pastored Oak Chapel Baptist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Elam Baptist in Millen, and Riverside Baptist Church in Belton, South Carolina.
In 1960, Rev. Hunnicutt and his wife, Eloise, were sent to California as home missionaries by the home mission board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He pastored the First Spanish Baptist Church of Pomona, California, and taught personal evangelism at California Baptist College in Riverside, California. Feeling God’s call to foreign missions, Rev. Hunnicutt established India For Christ Missions in 1963 and served the Lord in Pune, India, and surrounding areas of Maharashtra State until December 1967.
Moving to Singapore in 1968 broadened the outreach of his ministry to Southeast Asia and India, For Christ became The Harvester Baptist Mission. During a missionary ministry spanning more than 53 years, Rev. Hunnicutt faithfully served Christ and established churches in India, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Thailand. In many villages of India and remote islands of Indonesia, he was the first missionary to ever share the Gospel message. A major focus of his ministry was training local pastors and evangelists, and through these men, the ministry of The Harvester Baptist Mission continues today across Southeast Asia.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Eloise Hunnicutt of Singapore; son, Cliff (Linda) Hunnicutt III of Troutman, North Carolina; and daughter, Terri (Larry) Compton of Swainsboro; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and a host of numerous nieces and nephews.