Hunt honored by colleagues for her service

Servant's Heart Award named in her honor
Jul. 08, 2013 @ 02:46 PM

Hunt honored by colleagues for her service
By Daniel Kennedy

She squirmed anxiously as if she was the most nervous person at the table.
That is probably because Linda Hunt was indeed uncomfortable at being the first person served. For years, she has devoted countless hours investing into the lives of others. But on this occasion, Hunt, who serves as the Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation liaison, was quickly ushered to the head of the table.
"I don't deserve this," she continued saying. TMC Foundation board members smiled politely at her modesty as they gathered for lunch to celebrate her career. They knew too many of the things Hunt has done to believe their colleague and friend to be unworthy.
At the conclusion of the meal, Misti Whitman, a Thomasville attorney and board member, presented Hunt with the first Servant's Heart Award, named in her honor. Each year, it will be given to a member of the community who embodies a spirit of service to Thomasville as Hunt has modeled for many years.
"Linda has touched the Board, the hospital and the community in so many ways, you can't even begin to express the number," Whitman said. "She treats everything as though she is a servant of God and she's doing everything in a way He would want her to do it. Acting as His instrument in everything she does, she's helped her family, her friends and her community in more ways than we can explain."
Other board members, including Cyrus Busch and Dr. Tom Byrnes, commended Hunt on her honor and offered personal testimonies of how they have observed her tireless commitment to the hospital. Their recollection of her skill set calls attention to the fact Hunt makes people her first priority.
"I think she engenders self-confidence in people," Busch said. "When she's talking with folks, she focuses her attention solely on the person she's talking with. It's like you're the most important person in the world right now. She leads by example with humility."
Whitman said she could offer countless examples of how Hunt through the Foundation has helped an individual who couldn't pay an electric bill or a family who doesn't have money for medicine or even people who are struggling to make a program work. Regardless of the need, she makes herself available to the community she serves.
"Giving her the Servant's Heart Award personifies her 100 percent," Byrnes said. "I've never seen her ill. Even when things have not gone well, she's always smiling and has such a positive approach."
Tears welled up in Hunt’s eyes and her voice quivered as she thanked those in attendance after receiving the award. Mentioning each one by name, Hunt praised members for their willingness to use their gifts and talents to bless others.
"I didn't expect all of this. I really didn't, but I'm grateful," Hunt said. "I remember calling each of you individually, asking you to do something I think of all of you and how you were called to be on this board. All of you have done remarkable things."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or