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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hunt Brothers Pizza co-founder James "Jim" Stocker Hunt passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 3. The lifelong avid outdoorsman died while working outside his home in Lexington, Ky.
Hunt and his three brothers took a local, family-operated pizza business in the 1970s and turned it into Hunt Brothers Pizza, an international pizza company with locations in 28 states. Nearly 40 years ago, Hunt founded Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., a wholesale food distribution company that now serves more than 3,000 customers in 16 states. Hunt Brothers Pizza was established in 1990.
His core business principles consisted of placing God first in all decisions, investing in people and duplicating the best qualities in them, according to family members.
"It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Dad," said Erin Hunt Ferguson, co-CEO of Pizza Wholesale of Lexington and Hunt's daughter. "But we know that he lived a great, fulfilling life as a loving husband, father and friend; a successful businessman; a published author; a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps; and a worldwide traveler. But most importantly, Jim lived his life as a true man of God, proudly sharing the love of Christ with anyone blessed with meeting him."
Hunt Brothers Pizza is the nation's largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry with more than 7,000 locations.