Hunt Brothers Pizza announced the passing of the last living co-founders, brothers Charlie Hunt, 78, on December 22 and Don Hunt, 88, on December 27. They are preceded in death by their two brothers and co-founders Lonnie Hunt and Jim Hunt.

“The brothers knew where they were going when they passed, and we take comfort in knowing they are reunited again in Heaven,” says Scott Hunt, CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza and son of Don Hunt.

Alongside their brothers, Don and Charlie Hunt grew up in Evansville, Indiana working in their father’s restaurant, Austin’s Drive In. After Don finished playing football at Vanderbilt University he started Pepe’s Pizza in 1962, and his brothers joined him to build the business over two decades across the Southeast. After working separately during the 1980s the brothers reconnected in 1991 to form a new company focused on helping people, which became Hunt Brothers Pizza.

“Don and Charlie’s lives can be summed up by the mantra my father often repeated: ‘Trust in God to meet our needs, and be a blessing to people,’” says Scott Hunt. “They were true pioneers in the industry, enriching the lives of everyone they touched, and we will continue to spread their positive message as we work toward growing the business.”

The four brothers’ unique talents and abilities formed a cohesive team that has led to an extended family of over 9,000 store partnerships, over 550 team members, and countless communities and charities supported over the years. Don’s vision and drive were vital to the growth of the company, while Charlie’s gentle spirit was a core foundation as well. Since 2009, the company has been led by the second generation of leaders from the Hunt family.

Don is survived by his four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and Charlie by his four children and two grandchildren. Both are survived by their sisters Mary, Elizabeth and Terri.

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