|Walthall R. 'Hunsey' Crist
Friday, December 19, 2008
Walthall R. 'Hunsey' Crist, 88, an owner and operator of heavy equipment who was an independent contractor to Arlington
County's public works department, died Dec. 7 at his home in Rockville after a heart attack. Mr. Crist worked on contract for the
county from 1956 to 1982. He spent his early career as a motorcycle mechanic for the D.C. police and was a Navy machinist
stationed on Saipan during World War II. He was a hydroplane crew chief in the 1960s and 1970s for the President's Cup
Regatta races in Washington.
Walthall Reed Crist was born in Bedford County, in southwestern Virginia, and raised in Washington. He attended McKinley
Technical High School. He got his nickname from his mother, who used to call him 'Li'l hon.'
Through his heavy-equipment business, he sponsored three women's softball teams in Montgomery County in the 1980s. He
was a founding member of Wheaton Woods Baptist Church in Rockville.
He maintained his Rockville residence while spending 15 years at a second home in Gainesville, Fla. He returned full time to
the Washington area in 2004.
His hobbies included riding motorcycles, and he restored a 1940 Indian motorcycle. He also had been a licensed pilot and
owned a Cessna 150 for many years.
A son, Kelley R. Crist, died in 1983.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ruth Dulaney Crist of Rockville; six children, Howard R. Crist of Wilmington, N.C., Judith L.
Eisenacher of Olney, Steven W. Crist of Poolesville, Bonnie J. Hamilton of Gettysburg, Pa., Peggy A. Hunt of Marriottsville, Md.,
and Jeannie L. Ritchie of Hanover, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
-- Adam Bernstein