Frank E. Hutchins

November 17, 1932April 13, 2018
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LEXINGTON - Frank Eugene "Gene" Hutchins passed into glory peacefully on April 13, 2018. He was the son of the late David W. Hutchins and Beaulah Chavis Hutchins, born November 17, 1932. Visitation will be held on Sunday April 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home Lexington Chapel. Funeral will take place Monday 2:00 p.m. April 16, 2018, at St. David Lutheran Church with interment to follow in church cemetery. He was an active member of St. David Lutheran Church, Lutheran Men, Prayer breakfast, The 100 Club, Lexington Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post # 7, and Cub Scout Master of pack 340 and Elder of Lexington Rotary Club. He served in the United States Army for 2 years. He began his career in the car wash industry in 1954. He was an active member of the International Car Wash Association, (ICA) and the Southeastern Car Wash Association, where he served as President and board member. He was founder, of Frank’s Car Wash, and owner of Frank’s Car Wash Equipment and Supply Co. In the Car Wash industry, he was a man of enormous knowledge and integrity. His work ethics were always hard work, honesty and a positive attitude. He always treasured his clients/friends in the industry. He took great pride in having his Son Mike and three grandsons (Shawn, Phillip and Matt) who are following in his footsteps to keep the family business alive and productive. He is survived by his wife Margie Dooley Hutchins of 66 years. Four children; Michael (Paula) Hutchins, Cynthia (Mark) Hendrix, Gale (Hal) Cone, Dale (Robert) Rikard, grandchildren Shawn (Wendy) Hutchins, Phillip (Lauran) Hutchins, Holly (Daniel) Rikard, Matthew (Allison) Hendrix, Nathaniel (Kym) Hendrix, Preston (Shannon) Rikard, Kristin (Will) Bebee, and Parker (fiancé Natalie) Rikard, eleven great grandchildren, Sarah, Dylan, Amber, Denton, JoAnna, Beckett, Miles, Liam, Everett, Griffin, Harper. He is survived by two sisters, Lorine (Richard) Crapps and Patsy (John) Neal, numerous, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a daughter Dale Rikard and two brothers, David W. and Harold D. Hutchins. Frank is remembered as a loving husband, a wonderful Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, Brother in law and friend. He loved life and spoke often of the importance of family who he dearly loved. Work was his hobby and was always appreciative of every client; some became life – long friends. He enjoyed traveling, horses, hunting, motorcycle riding, and the Mountain home; it was his leisure and relaxation. "He will lovingly be remembered as Frank, Gene, Squirrel, Bubba and Quail Legs". His ever present smile and playful cut – up personality will be truly missed. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to St. David Lutheran Church, 132 St. David Church Rd. West Columbia, SC 29170, Red Cross at 2751 Bull St. Columbia SC 29201 or Oliver Gospel Mission, at 1100 Taylor St. Columbia SC 29201


  • St. David Lutheran Church
  • Red Cross
  • Oliver Gospel Mission


  • Visitation Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 16, 2018

Frank E. Hutchins

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Lisa Evans Lee

April 18, 2018

I was blessed to have worked for Frank, he was a great man. Sending prayers to the whole family.

Lewis/Elaine Shumpert

April 16, 2018

We were so sadden to hear of Frank's passing. He was one of the most honorable, kind and charitable men I've had the pleasure to know. We pray that God will comfort the family during their time of grief.

Pat Robertson

April 16, 2018

Jan and I are so sorry to hear the news of Frank's passing. He was always so gracious and generous. Our condolences to the family.

David and Charlotte Shull

April 15, 2018

Gene loved and served his Lord, loved his family, loved his community and all who knew him. Stood tall and walked proud. Worked hard and left a legacy. Our love and prayers to your wonderful family. May the Lord continue to lift and give you peace in the loss of your patriarch. We love you all. Blessings!

Sharon Hillhouse

April 15, 2018

No one epitomized the phrase "a life well lived; a man well loved" any better than Frank Hutchins. He will be missed and remembered always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you my South Carolina family. Hugs to all!

Ray Hutchins

April 14, 2018

Gene was easy to love because he loved so hard. He was a great man and always kind to me-his brother's son. I expressed to Gene once some years ago that he was the father I wish I had had. It was an important moment between us.

He'll always be remembered with love by all who knew him. No better legacy is possible. All the best to his wonderful family who were lucky enough to share life with such a man.
Love to you all,