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5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

OBITUARY

James A. "Buck" Hutcheson

April 15, 1943July 2, 2019
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He was born James Albert Hutcheson in Saltillo, MS, April 15, 1943 and went home to his Lord July 2, 2019. By the time he was two his daddy had nicknamed him Buck – something about him being as wild as one. At age eight, it was his daddy that bought him his first guitar and showed him the cords. Buck took it from there. He had that ear for music. Listen then play.

As much as Buck loved that ol’ rock n roll of the 50’s he really loved gospel music. There was nothing he loved better than playing for the Lord on Sundays. He said all that other stuff was to make a living. This was for God who gave him the talent in the first place.

Buck loved his God, his family, his guitar and his garden. Most of the time in that order. He never really changed from that good ol’ boy that came out of the Saltillo cotton fields.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Belmon Hutcheson and Myrtle Campbell, his brother Bud and sister Barbara and by a step-son Joey Williams.

He is leaving behind his wife of 32 years, Allena Hutcheson, his son Duane Hutcheson (Tabitha), his daughter Tonya McKim, his son Shane Hutcheson (Karen), stepsons Tommy Williams (Lisa), Mike Williams, Jimmy Williams (Brenda), and Jerry Williams. His legacy in grandchildren totals 29 and great grands 21 – still counting.

But that’s not all he is leaving behind. He is known worldwide and condolences have flowed in from all over. His cup runneth over with friends – some of which he could call “brother” and yet others he called “son”. In the hospital his right thumb was playing his air guitar. When asked what he was playing he said “I’ll Fly Away” --- and he did ---

The family will receive friends on Friday July 5, 2019 from 5-8 p.m.at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Greenbrook Baptist Church, 8137 Greenbrook Parkway, Southaven, Mississippi with interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Buck may be offered to the Care Center, 1277 Main Street, Southaven, Mississippi 38671 or to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, 935 Farm Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38134

  • DONATIONS

  • the Care Center
  • the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Gathering of Friends and Family Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Kay Martin

July 14, 2019

I have been a friend and fan of Jerry Lee Lewis since June of 1957 and have been at every show he performed anywhere near New York City since then.
I met Buck when he joined Jerry's band and we hit it off almost instantly when we met.
Buck was kind enough to call me when the group would be coming to New York, especially to B.B. King's Blues Club on 42nd Street in Manhattan. I looked forward to our phone discussions which ranged to his garden, our pets, what we were up to, more than the music. Buck was "my man on the inside," sort of.
I miss him mostly as a dear friend and always will.
Rest in peace, Buck...
Your pal, Kay

Cathy Stewart

July 12, 2019

Allena, the time we worked together, I had the opportunity to meet Buck. It was a pleasure to be a recipient of his humor. May God keep you under his wings of protection.

Troy & Ruthie Morrissette

July 6, 2019

Duane, Tonja and Shane,
Your Aunt Ruthie and I are so sorry for your lost. We send our condolences and prayers to you and your families. We have many fond memories of your daddy, Buck. He had a contagious smile and had a demeanor that always made everyone around feel comfortable. He will be sorely missed, but his memories will linger and leave us smiling. We love you. May God bless and keep you.
Uncle Troy and Aunt Ruthie

Marilyn Elledge

July 5, 2019

Dear family of Buck Hutcheson,

In April, 2019, my precious 95 year old mother had to move to assisted living due to an injury. Although a wonderful facility which she soon grew to love, at first Mama had trouble adjusting to life at Brookdale Dogwood Creek. This all changed the day God sent us into the lounge to see Buck perform at Happy Hour. Mama and I had the best time watching him. After that we rarely missed one of his regular performances and we became some of his biggest fans. Buck was a marvelous performer and he was wonderful to share his time and talent with the residents at Brookdale. My mom has recently moved on to Heaven too, so my memories of our times enjoying Buck will remain especially precious to me.

I pray your memories of Buck will comfort and strengthen you.

Marilyn Elledge

Ray Gann

July 5, 2019

I traveled with Buck as part of the Memphis Beats playing shows with Jerry Lee Lewis for about 6yrs and had some great times on and off stage, Buck always had us laughing about something, we spent a lot of time together in the airports, hotels and eating out he was my road buddy, and when we were home I would call him for some pointers on gardening, he was the real deal and I'm proud to say he was my friend, we're going to miss you Buck! ❤️

Thomas Rund

July 5, 2019

It was a honor to know yoy! RIP

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Ray Gann

July 5, 2019

Me and Buck traveled with Jerry Lee Lewis as part of the Memphis Beats for about 6yrs and had some great times on and off stage, he always had us laughing about something, we spent a lot of time together in the airports, hotels and eating out he was my road buddy, and when we were home I would call him for some pointers on gardening, he was the real deal and I'm proud to say he was my friend, we're going to miss you Buck! ❤️

Maria and Michael Lewus

July 5, 2019

We will miss your calls talking from garden to politics.....your laughter w ed will always hear Buck. We will meet in heaven we love you Buck

Gunilla and Göran Larsson

July 5, 2019


Buck has been a good friend for many years.  It is so sad that he is not with us anymore, but we are so grateful that we did get to known him.  A wonderful man, and we have so many great moments to look back at. R.I.P. dear friend. You are loved and missed.



Lisa Vines

July 4, 2019

Blessings to the family during this bittersweet time😘😘

FROM THE FAMILY
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At original Peppermint Lounge in Florida.

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Nothing like grandkids and great grandkids!

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The Silver Fox and His Lady

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Daddy Buck, Shane & Britney
3 generations

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Ma & Pa Hutcheson

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Biography

He was born James Albert Hutcheson in Saltillo, MS, April 15, 1943 and went home to his Lord July 2, 2019. By the time he was two his daddy had nicknamed him Buck – something about him being as wild as one. At age eight, it was his daddy that bought him his first guitar and showed him the cords. Buck took it from there. He had that ear for music. Listen then play.

As much as Buck loved that ol’ rock n roll of the 50’s he really loved gospel music. There was nothing he loved better than playing for the Lord on Sundays. He said all that other stuff was to make a living. This was for God who gave him the talent in the first place.

Buck loved his God, his family, his guitar and his garden. Most of the time in that order. He never really changed from that good ol’ boy that came out of the Saltillo cotton fields.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Belmon Hutcheson and Myrtle Campbell, his brother Bud and sister Barbara and by a step-son Joey Williams.

He is leaving behind his wife of 32 years, Allena Hutcheson, his son Duane Hutcheson (Tabitha), his daughter Tonya McKim, his son Shane Hutcheson (Karen), stepsons Tommy Williams (Lisa), Mike Williams, Jimmy Williams (Brenda), and Jerry Williams. His legacy in grandchildren totals 29 and great grands 21 – still counting.

But that’s not all he is leaving behind. He is known worldwide and condolences have flowed in from all over. His cup runneth over with friends – some of which he could call “brother” and yet others he called “son”.
In the hospital his right thumb was playing his air guitar. When asked what he was playing he said “I’ll Fly Away” --- and he did ---

The family will receive friends on Friday July 5, 2019 from 5-8 p.m.at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Greenbrook Baptist Church, 8137 Greenbrook Parkway, Southaven, Mississippi with interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Buck may be offered to the Care Center, 1277 Main Street, Southaven, Mississippi 38671 or to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, 935 Farm Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38134