Martha Lawrence Hutchinson
Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 3:22 pm
The Messenger, February 22, 2012
Completed arrangements are being announced for Martha Lawrence (Allen) Hutchinson, 84, of Union City, who died Feb. 20, 2012, at her home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Union City First United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Stan Waldon, Jimmy Calhoun and John Archer officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at White-Ranson Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jim Thorpe, Randy Mitchell, Brad Smith, Knox Hutchinson, James David Kendall, Rob Joyner, Dr. Larry Buckles, Bill Townes and Jon Allen. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Hudgens, Keith Fisher, Bill Stephenson, Buck Killion, William Crouch, Bill Tanner and members of the Margaret Carter Sunday School Class and United Methodist Women at Union City First United Methodist Church.
The family requests that memorials be made to the church, to Harris Station United Methodist Church, to Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope or to Gideons International.
Mrs. Hutchinson was born Feb. 12, 1928, in Obion County, daughter of the late Lawrence Devreaux and Martha Lucille (Foulks) Allen. She married Charles Milton Hutchinson Sept. 18, 1949. He survives. She was a 1949 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and had been a chemistry and English teacher at the former Collinwood High School. She had also been a research librarian and had taught library science at Auburn University in Alabama.
She was a member of Union City First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women Circle One and had served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She had also been a member of the former Harris Station Community Club. An avid gardener, she loved sharing her flowers with friends and neighbors and was, above all else, a helpmate to her husband and a servant of her Lord.
Mrs. Hutchinson was a descendant of one of the first Obion County settlers, Benjamin Totten, and still owned much of the property from that original land grant, which qualified the acreage as a Century Farm in Tennessee. She had received a second Century Farm designation because of property that came to her through James Monroe Foulks on the maternal side of her family.
She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jim Thorpe of Union City; her son, Charles Milton Hutchinson Jr. of Shreveport, La.; three grandchildren and their spouses, Melanie and Randy Mitchell of Union City, Angela Beth and Brad Smith of Atlanta and Knox Hutchinson of Baton Rouge, La.; three great-grandchildren, Thorpe Mitchell of Union City and James Smith and Eliza Smith, both of Atlanta; her brother-in-law, Norman Hutchinson of Murfreesboro; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Lucille (Allen) Sandefur; and her aunt, Marene Allen.
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.