The Hunt family business was Started by Lewis M. Hunt Sr. He was bore in Sparta Ga. Before moving to Chester at the age of 20, he married Naomi Barnes.
After graduating from the Dolan School of Embalming in Philadelphia in 1926, he and Naomi established the Lewis M. Hunt Funeral Home at 1424 Tilghman St. Chester Pa. Lewis M. Hunt Sr. was the first state-appointed African-American Deputy Coroner and his wife, Naomi, was the first African-American female Deputy Coroner in Delaware County.
His son, Lewis M. Hunt Jr., also joined the business in 1949. Together they provided a compassionate service for a reasonable price.
In 1938, Lewis and Naomi purchased a large lot of land in Chester Township. It was during a time of widespread racial discrimination. Not long after acquiring the property a young East Indian couple asked for their help with the burial of the young couples baby because no other funeral home would help. Mrs. Hunt directed her son, Lewis M. Hunt Jr., to find an area on the property to bury the baby. After which, they decided to name the lot of land Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. It was a time when many local and National cemeteries forbid burials of deceased African-American veterans. So Lewis and Naomi decided to dedicate certain sections of the cemetery to honor African-American soldiers who fought in World War I and II and the Korean Conflict. The Hunt’s opened the cemetery to all people regardless of race, creed, color or religious preferences. Lewis M. Hunt Sr.