Willie Charles Hunter was born May 29th, 1936. In 1964 he founded “The World’s Church of the Living God” located in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he served as pastor for more than 50 years until his death in 2016. W.C. Hunter was a trailblazer, in the early 2000 ’s he purchased the Walden Hospital, Chattanooga’s first and only African American teaching hospital. The purpose of this was to preserve its legacy because he valued and understood the importance of African American heritage. Today the former hospital has been converted into apartments. He was Chattanooga's first African American to build a public amusement park, called Delaney Park. He also founded Hunter Mortgage, the first Black-owned mortgage company in the city. He created his original barbecue recipe Lay-Row-Catch-A-Mellow and built a bottling company (Southern Recipe Foods) to manufacture the sauce.
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