Carlton Lee “Hutch” Hutchins, 86, of Camden, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.
Friends of the late Carlton Lee “Hutch” Hutchins, 86, of Camden, may call on the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at First Baptist Church, 301 Walker Road, Dover, where a Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.
Mr. Hutchins died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, after a massive brain hemorrhage.
Mr. Hutchins was born March 26, 1924, in his childhood home, which was located on what is now Dover Air Force Base. He was the son of the late Emmett H. Hutchins and Florence E. Willis Hutchins. He attended the one-room Rose Valley Grade School, graduating from Dover High.
After high school, he served in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1948 on the carrier USS Independence and the destroyer USS McCaffery in the South Pacific and South China seas. He was blown out of his gun bucket when the USS Independence was torpedoed at Tarawa.
Following his Navy service, Hutch worked briefly as a butcher for A&P Food Store in Dover; for 10 years as a credit manager for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Dover; and for three years as a customer representative for International Playtex. At that point, he began his lifelong career as an agent for the State Farm Insurance Companies and retired Dec. 31, 1985, after 25 years of service.
Mr. Hutchins was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Dover, and served as moderator, chairman of various boards and committees, including the Board of Deacons, the Board of Missions, Search Committee, Youth Work and Capital Funds Drive, which raised over $2 million for the construction of the church located on Walker Road. At different times he was active in the choir and the hospital visitation ministry. He was recently recognized as a deacon emeritus. He was instrumental in the founding of Christ Memorial Baptist Church, a satellite church of First Baptist. He was a member of the Gideons, a testimony speaker, and active in their prison ministry, and was chaplain for the USS Independence reunion group.
In addition to his church involvement, Mr. Hutchins was a lifetime member and past president of Dover Lions Club and a lifetime member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Carlton was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His love, care, devotion, dedication and generosity to his family were unsurpassed. His adherence to the principles of his Christian faith in his daily life made him an awesome mentor for both family and friends. He truly was a man of God and a first class spiritual businessman.
In July 1949, Carlton married Amelia Chasey of Pittsburgh, Pa.; following Amelia’s death in 1995, Carlton married Leona Heaps Kelley of Newark.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Willis, Norman and James; as well as two sisters, Evelyn E. Cameron and Gladys S. Felix.
He is survived by Leona, his wife of 14 years; four daughters, Martha Pfeiffer and her husband Paul, Mary George and her husband Charles “Chuck”, Darlene Richardson and her husband Eric, and Carol Campbell and her husband James “Jay”; one son, John T. Kelley, Jr.; six grandchildren, Sherri, Rebecca and Charles George, Amber Kelley, DiAnita White and her husband James, Joshua VanArsdall and his wife Jackie, and Kelley Campbell; four great-grandchildren, Penelope and Gabriel White, and Michael and Joshua VanArsdall; and two brothers, Homer Hutchins and his wife Thelma, and Gilbert Hutchins and wife Gladys; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Internment will follow the service at Lakeside Cemetery, North State Street, Dover.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gideons International, Kent South Camp, P.O. Box 56, Harrington, DE 19952.