Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC


Herbert Edsel McCutchen

April 17, 1932October 7, 2019

COLUMBIA - Herbert Edsel McCutchen, 87, was born on April 17, 1932 in Kingstree, SC and passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, October 7, 2019. He was the son of the late Herbert “Chief” and Lucille Price McCutchen. He graduated Kingstree High School and attended the University of South Carolina and was an avid Gamecock fan the rest of his life.

Edsel served our nation in the U.S. Army in Austria from 1954-1956. Once he came home from service to his wife and baby daughter, he went to work as a manager for Durham Life Insurance Company for which he worked until he opened his own agency, the Edsel McCutchen Insurance Agency. At this time, he and his family moved back to their hometown of Kingstree, SC where he lived until he retired. Edsel was a member of the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the Hut Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the Kingstree Rotary Club, The Lion’s Club and the Kingstree VFW.

In 2007, he and his wife moved to Columbia to be closer to family. He became a member of Shandon United Methodist Church and a member of the JOY Sunday School Class. Edsel could be found at whatever sporting event or performance in which his grandchildren were participating. Edsel was always considered the life of the party regardless of where he was, and was loved by so many friends in all the places he lived, including Georgia and South Carolina. He truly never met a stranger.

Surviving him are his beloved wife of 65 years, Barbara Duke McCutchen; daughters, Sue McCutchen Scott and Amy McCutchen Meetze (Joley) both of Columbia; sons, Eddie McCutchen of Atlanta and Kevin McCutchen (Rami) of Columbia; and six grandchildren, Kristen McCutchen Walsh (Andy) of Canton, Georgia, Keri McCutchen Filakosky (Zac) of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Knox McCutchen of Washington, DC, Alli and Rachel McCutchen of Columbia, and Lily Meetze also of Columbia. Edsel also has six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald “Dick” McCutchen.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC. The Rev. C.E. “Smoke” Kanipe will officiate. The burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Sandy Bay Cemetery, 1594 McCutchen Road Cades, SC 29518, with Mr. Marion E. Cobb presiding. The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the home of Kevin and Rami McCutchen, 300 Crown Point Road in Columbia. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chad McCutchen, Zac Filakosky, Andy Walsh, Knox McCutchen, Reggie Hunt, and Doug Price. The JOY Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Sandy Bay Cemetery, c/o Doug Price, 1753 McCutchen Road Kingstree, SC 29556; Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; or Heartstrings Hospice, 115 Blarney Drive Columbia, SC 29223.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, October 10, 2019


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Reida McCutchen

October 12, 2019

Edsel was the funniest man I have ever known. I just loved being around him - he made any gathering a lot more fun just for being there. I have too many happy memories of Edsel to count. I could also count on Edsel to lift me up in sad times. Many years ago when my mother died I was just devastated, and Edsel hugged me and whispered in my ear, "Be strong. You be strong now." I have carried that memory with me and used it often when times have been hard. This is one of those times. Peace be with you, Edsel. You are loved. You will be missed.
Reida McCutchen

Neil Byrdic

October 9, 2019

My thoughts and prayers for your family! Edsel was a good man and a good friend! He will be missed!

melanie wilkin

October 8, 2019

i grew up with this wonderful family since grammar school and was fortunate to have known and respected Mr Mccutchen for all of those years. he will be missed by his family and friends. i was privileged to know him. prayers for this wonderful sweet famiy.

Butch Norris

October 8, 2019

Barbara, I’m sorry for your loss. Edsel was the “life” of our breakfast group. I will remember and relate his stories as long as I live. By all accounts he had a wonderful life and based on his stories to us, an exciting one as well.