Luke Mitchell, who has grown up in Thomasville, will be promoted to Eagle Scout at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, host to Boy Scout 306 for many years.
Mitchell’s six years of labor in Scouting will come to a culmination Sunday, but his story actually starts in Florida several years earlier.
His grandfather, Paul Henry Hunt, a descendant of Patrick Henry, was a World War II veteran, who returned to Tallahassee, Fla., after the war.
After earning an engineering degree, Hunt, along with Bob Camp, started Central Heating & Air, the first company in the region to provide central air-conditioning.
While overseas, Hunt had served in the 101st Airborne, most notably in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a machine gunner in a squad of 12, only two of whom came home.
Hunt became involved with Troop 109 in Tallahassee in 1965, and was the consummate Scout. With a Scout motto "Be Prepared,” he kept his Jeep, complete with tool box and Scouting gear, well- maintained and ready to meet any eventuality.
Hunt began as assistant Scout Master, rose to Scout Master and eventually became a Silver Beaver, the highest rank among Scout Masters.
See Wednesday's edition for more details.