James Hutchinson Obituary (1922-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Hutchinson, James R. “Jim”

January 8, 1922 – August 7, 2021

James Rufus Hutchinson (Jim) died on Saturday the 7. He was 99 years old.

A funeral will take place on Saturday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m. at Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends in the sanctuary before the service, which begins around 1:00 p.m. A private funeral follows in Westminster Gardens.

Jim was born in Richmond County, NC, in 1922 to Arthur and Maude Hutchinson. He was an Army veteran who served in the Army Signal Corps in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. He attended North Carolina State University. Until his retirement in 1986 he worked as an engineer for Western Electric / AT&T.

He was raised to be a hard worker on the family farm between Ellerbe and Rockingham during the Depression years, and he never forgot his childhood lessons and values.

Jim loved his family, his country, and his church. He was a member of Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church and the Aldersgate Sunday School class. He enjoyed his friends, golf, bridge, travel, and ballroom dancing. A highlight of his later years was the 2010 Triad Flight of Honor trip with fellow World War II veterans to Washington, DC to see their memorial.

He and Allen moved to Friends Homes West in 2014, where they lived and ate with friends in an apartment for several years until they moved to secondary care where his wife Allen still lives.

In death he was preceded by his parents Arthur and Maude Hutchinson; Sister Saradel Connell; and brothers Thomas, Elbert, and Charles Hutchinson.

His wife, Allene Sprinkle Hutchinson, survived, to whom he was devoted during their almost 72-year marriage. He once wrote: “Thanks to Allene for sharing my life and making everything so meaningful and worthwhile.” He also leaves a son, David James Hutchinson of Greensboro (wife Jeanelle); a daughter, Lisa Hutchinson Lowe of High Point; a brother, Joseph Hutchinson of Columbia, SC, and a sister, Martha Shaw of Rockingham, NC; as well as many nieces and nephews.

“Grandfather” was particularly proud of his four grandchildren and spent countless hours looking after them and giving them a good start in life. They are Robin Lowe Lipe of Charlotte (husband Scott); Ethan Gray Hutchinson (partner Sarah) from Tennessee; Allyson K. Hutchinson of Oregon; and Kerri Lowe Van Kirk of Maine (husband Charles). He has three great-grandchildren: Hunter, Jack and Elizabeth Lipe.

Monuments can be found at Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 315 Muir’s Chapel Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410; Green Lake United Methodist Church, 623 Green Lake Road, Rockingham, NC 28378; or the Employee Appreciation Fund at Friends Homes West, 6100 W. Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Forbis and Dick Funeral Home in Guilford is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be found at www.forbisanddick.com.

Published by Greensboro News & Record August 8-11, 2021.

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