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Dortha Hutcherson

Dortha (Dot) Hutcherson, 87, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at her home in Soddy Daisy.

She was born Dortha Jean Angel and raised in Pikeville, the oldest child of Oza and Corda Mae Angel. She attended school in Bledsoe County and then studied nursing in Philadelphia and Knoxville, graduating with a nursing degree from Fort Sanders Hospital Training School. 

Dot married Joe Ben Hutcherson, Jr. in 1950 and they settled in the Red Bank – Hixson area where they raised their two sons and were active in the community.

Her life was one of Christian service, living out her faith by caring for others in her personal life and in her career. She was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church for over 60 years, serving in the past as a Sunday School teacher, and a long-time member of the Phyllis Baker Sunday School class.

During her nursing career she worked in public health, as a shift nurse at DuPont, as a school nurse, and as coordinator of health services for the Hamilton County school system. She served as DuPont Elementary PTA president, Red Bank Lioness Club president, and received the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Chapter of American Red Cross recognition for dedicated community service to safety, nursing and youth.

She will always be remembered for her love of the Lord and her family. Her other joys in life through the years were growing flowers and keeping a watchful eye on the backyard birds. Even though dealing with disabilities for the past many years, she maintained her spirit with the unwavering support and loving care of her husband, Joe Ben.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Angel.

She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 65 years, Joe Ben Hutcherson, Jr., and two sons and their spouses, Joe and Karen Hutcherson and Donnie and Lisa Hutcherson. She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Ashley (Bryan) Hobbs, Michael (Liz) Hutcherson, Zach (Rachel) Hutcherson, Nick Hutcherson and two great-grandchildren, Anslee Hobbs and Emery Hobbs. She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn Roberson, of Pikeville and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Dot were held on Sunday, June 14 in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Fred Steelman officiating. Burial followed at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist in Hixson.  

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