OBITUARY

Terrell Don Hutto

June 8, 1935October 22, 2021
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Terrell Don Hutto, age 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 22, 2021, holding his wife’s hand while surrounded by his loving family and his cherished music. Don, most recently a resident of Clarksville, Tennessee, and a former resident of Nashville, Tennessee, for over twenty years, was born in Sinton, Texas, on Saturday, June 8, 1935, to the late Terrell Sanford Hutto and Winnie Elvenia Custer Hutto. He is preceded in death by his beloved daughter Jennifer Marie Hutto Uphoff and his loving sister and brother-in-law, Flora June Hutto Jackson and Jerry Jones (JJ) Jackson.

Don is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Nancy Sue (Moore) Hutto; his daughters Rebecca Lynn (Cary) Billingsley, Robyn Suzanne Hutto Miller, and Shelley Anne (Andrew) Hughes; and son-in-law Ron Uphoff; grandchildren Miranda (Darin) Hagre, Mollie Uphoff, Jacob Uphoff, Joshua (Jessica) Uphoff, Madison Uphoff, Mallory Uphoff, Joseph Uphoff, Jonah Uphoff, Amber (Matt) Morris, Candace (Eric) Northrop, Sarah Bolton, Emily Neblett, Katie Armstrong, Jocelyn Hughes, Isabella Hughes, Nathan (Erin) Billingsley, and Taylor (Emilie) Billingsley; great grandchildren Caroline Uphoff-Tate, Arden Hagre, twins Lynkin and Lochlyn Uphoff, Mila Morris, Asher Morris, Atlas Northrop, Sadie Billingsley, Jack Billingsley, and Charlie Billingsley; and a host of nieces and nephews and many other extended family and loved ones.

Don married Nancy Sue Moore in June of 1960, and after serving in the United States Army at the Pentagon and a brief career as a middle-school history teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, he began a long and prestigious career in the corrections industry. He was warden of Ramsey Prison Farm in Brazoria County, Texas, before becoming Commissioner of Corrections for the state of Arkansas and later the Director of Corrections in Virginia. After leaving the Virginia Department of Corrections, Don, along with Thomas Beasley and Doctor Crantz, co-founded Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), now CoreCivic, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a past president of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and, in 1987, received the E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of corrections. Don was instrumental in the development of national correctional standards which have brought consistency to corrections management practices. As put by a dear friend and colleague, he was “a legend in the corrections industry.”

Don had a life-long love of music and enjoyed countless hours playing the guitar and singing with his family and friends. His bi-annual trip to Meadows of Dan, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains to play music with his cohorts and “partners in crime” were some of the greatest joys of his life. He also loved spending his summers in his Canadian home surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren, as well as his fun-loving group of Lake Opinicon family and friends.

Don had many adventures traveling the world with his wife Nancy as they worked to build a CCA presence in countries such as England, France, and Australia, and the two enjoyed many vacations abroad with their wonderful group of ACA (American Correctional Association) friends.

While Don had a wealth of accomplishments and a tenacious drive to succeed, the time he spent with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren was always at the center of his heart. It was his greatest joy, and his generosity to those he loved was beyond measure. His family--those closest to him, including a wealth of extended family and loving friends--is the truest testament to his life, a life well led. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

Visitation with the family will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Mount Olivet Funeral Home at 1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Philip “Critter” Crider of Jacksonville, Florida. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery immediately following the service. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held for family and friends in Clarksville, Tennessee, in the evening with details to be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Rainbow at P.O. Box 3522, Clarksville, TN 37043 (clarksvillecamprainbow.org) or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, two organizations of which Don was an avid supporter.

A gathering of famiy and friends for Terrell will be held Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Mount Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery, 1101 LEBANON PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37210, followed by a a celebration of life service at 2:00 PM. Terrell will be laid to rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mountolivet.com for the Hutto family.

Services

  • Gathering of Famiy and Friends

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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Deborah Seeger

October 26, 2021

Nancy and family - your husband and dad was a special person. He always treated me with kindness and respect - something I will always cherish.

I have many fond memories of the time we spent with Don and Nancy at ACA conferences. All of you have my sincere condolences during this difficult time for all of you on the passing of a wonderful man.

With deepest sympathy,
Debbi Seeger

James and Linda Wright

October 26, 2021

Don's family:
We were so saddened by the passing of our good friend, Don. We will cherish the memories of the wonderful times of music and camaraderie at Meadows of Dan.
We were fortunate to have known him. We know your whole family will miss Don,
and we send you our love and prayers that you all may find the strength you need to get through each day. Please pass along our heartfelt sympathy to the family and especially to Nancy.
With our love - James and Linda Wright

JEFFREY CARSON

October 26, 2021

Thanks for your sharing and caring and thoughtfulness to others. I appreciate the gift of words when needed at conferences.

HELEN CORROTHERS

October 25, 2021

Nancy and family, I send my prayers for your comfort and strength during this time. I am personally heartbroken. T. Don Hutto will always be remembered for his dedication to the improvement of the field of Corrections. He brought more than many new facilities to the Arkansas Department of Corrections, he shaped many professionals for the good of the field. As you know, he was the model that inspired me, and no doubt others, to choose Corrections as a career. I am happy that he was able to hear how his wisdom, humanity and dedication to public safety impacted me during my ER Cass ceremony. Be at Rest, my friend, I will miss you. .

Wayne Hughson

October 25, 2021

The world will not be the same without Don Hutto. Probably the most giving person my wife and I had ever had the pleasure of knowing. Always met you with a smile and a hug. He was everyone’s go to person at his summer home in Canada. Words cannot express how we will miss him. All our love and prayers go to Nancy and family.

David Myers

October 24, 2021

So sorry for the loss of Mr. Hutto. He was a legend in the corrections industry in his public service and the private sector. Always willing to help and give guidance and advice. He wanted people to succeed. He mentored so many of us. I’ll always value our time together. He was a friend who was fun to be around.
RIP Mr. Hutto. Well done.

Kim Dawson

October 24, 2021

I am so sorry for the loss of Don what a wonderful man ,He touched so many of us on the mountain .We will forever hear his beautiful music .You as a family are so Blessed to have had him as Dada .Please give my love & hugs to the family

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