On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:25 p.m. Sis. Rosie Lee (Thomas) Hunter, formerly Balfour, departed this earthly vessel and transitioned to her heavenly home to abide with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A service of praise and celebration will be held Saturday Jan. 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the New Testament Holiness Church located at 7550 CR 169 in Bangs. A visitation will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. also at the church.
Rosie Lee (Thomas) Hunter was born to the late Joseph Columbus Thomas and Jimmie Lee Morris, in Marshall on April 30, 1939. The family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1943 and then Bakersfield, California in 1948. Rosie Lee (Thomas) Hunter was the fourth child in a family of six brothers and three sisters. She spent most of her childhood in the country town of Bakersfield, California and attended Lincoln Elementary School, Lincoln Junior High School, and Bakersfield High School, graduating in 1957.
Growing up, Sis. Rose, attended her father’s church,  where she sang in the choir. With the encouragement from her father she also learned to play the piano.
Her senior year, Rosie met Aubrey Balfour, and she was united in holy matrimony to her high school sweetheart, a “military man,” as she put it “right out of high school.”
The family moved from Santa Ana, California to the “blessed area” of Coleman  in 1975, later settling in Bangs in 1976.
Sis. Rose loved her family and remained a devoted wife and mother. Her greatest desire was for her children to be saved and make something of themselves. She preached to them daily and made sure they read the Bible and prayed daily. She was very proud of their achievement.
Sis. Rose began a “courtship” with widower, Julius Hunter, Pastor of Christ Today, New Covenant Holiness Church of Pittsburg. They were married in holy matrimony the day after Christmas on Dec. 26, 2000. 
She leaves behind her husband, Julius George Hunter; children, Aubrey Pickett Balfour Jr. of Longview, Theresa Ann Balfour of Brownwood, Serena Madlock of Bangs, Joseph Dwayne Balfour of Tyler, Deborah Lynn Terry of Texarkana, Arkansas, Cheryse Chantell White of Brownwood, Andrew James Balfour of Brownwood, LaSonja Janyne Balfour of Brownwood; three children by marriage, Velma Randelson, James Hunter and Michel Stevenson Hunter; three brothers, Elder Freddie Thomas of Bakersfield, California, Solomon Thomas of Los Angeles, California, and Jerry Thomas and Rancho Cucamonga; two sisters, Angie Banks of Bakersfield, California and Mary Williams of Bangs; 21 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many more extended family and friends.      
Services entrusted to Brownwood Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.brownwoodfuneralhome.net.