Terry Hunt, president of Lumbee Tribe Enterprises, is seen in a photo shared on social media following his passing.

Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business

The Lumbee Tribe is mourning the death of Terry Hunt, the president of Lumbee Tribe Enterprises.

Hunt was on overseas business in Kenya for the tribe's economic development arm when he became ill. He passed away on Sunday, according to a statement shared on social media.

“The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Terry Hunt," Chairman Harvey Godwin, Jr., said in the statement. "Terry was dedicated to serving our Tribe and the Lumbee people will be forever grateful of his work on the Tribal Council and as President of LTE. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hunt Family during this time."

“With the passing of Terry Hunt, LTE has suffered a major loss," said Caleb A. Malcolm, chairman of the enterprise board. "The LTE family will work tirelessly to ensure the timely return of Terry to his family through the Embassy. Notwithstanding that loss, the Board is confident that the rest of the LTE team will capitalize on the foundation that Terry has built.”

Hunt was a retired law enforcement officer in North Carolina. He served as chief of police in the city of Fairmont.

"Even after retirement Chief Hunt was involved in his community while serving with the Lumbee Tribe," the Fairmont Police Department said on social media. "The community has taken a big loss."

"Terry was a true public servant that will surely be missed," Sheriff Burnis Wilkins of Robeson County, where the Lumbee Tribe is based, said on social media.

Lumbee Tribe Enterprises is a tribally-established business that mostly provides services through government contracts.

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