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Dorsey Hutchins Sr.

October 28, 1917March 13, 2020

Mr. Dorsey Hutchins, Sr., age 102, of Winder, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 13, 2020 surrounded by his loving family, at his residence on his beloved farm.

Mr. Hutchins was born October 28, 1917 in Buford, Georgia. He graduated from Buford High School and the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agriculture. He served in the 101st Airborne Division and he jumped on D-Day as a paratrooper in Normandy. He displayed his ability and courage in the Normandy campaign on June 6, 1944, the Airborne assault on Holland on September 17, 1944, and during the defense of the key city of Bastogne, Belgium from December 19 to December 27, 1944. Throughout the three campaigns, Private First Class Hutchins demonstrated his devotion to duty and outstanding service to his regiment. His actions were in accordance with the highest standard of the military service. Due to his courageous efforts, The United States military awarded Private First Class Hutchins with the Bronze Star Metal Oak Leaf Cluster.

Mr. Hutchins was a devoted farmer on the land that has been in the Hutchins' family since the 1800's. Throughout his life, Mr. Hutchins had many careers that he dedicated himself to. He was an instructor for the veteran's agriculture class; worked with production credit for several years; he served as the administrator of Winder-Barrow Hospital as well on the hospital's board of directors and the Oconee Soil and Water Conservation Board; and also, operated the Farmall Tractor Dealership.

Mr. Hutchins was of the Christian faith and a member of the Midway United Methodist Church in Auburn.

Mr. Hutchins is preceded in death by his son, William Hutchins in 2012; parents, Dr. W.J. Hutchins and Vivian Jarrard Hutchins; and brothers, William, John, and Dr. Harry Hutchins.

Mr. Hutchins is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Mrs. Louise Thrash Hutchins; sons, Dorsey Jr. and Joe (Cindy) Hutchins of Winder; grandsons, Joey and Jason (Sara) Hutchins; and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Will, Emily, Blake, and Bethany all of Winder.

A Memorial Service has been postponed, and the service details will be announced by Smith Funeral Home when it becomes available.

The family has respectfully requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Mr. Hutchins to Midway United Methodist Church.

Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is entrusted with the arrangements.


  • A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Dorsey Hutchins Sr.

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Tim Clark

March 28, 2020

Just a quick note to let you all know that our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. It's sad that we can't see you in person, but please know that we care. Take care.....Love, Pam and Tim Clark

Sue Sheats

March 16, 2020

What a remarkable man! My family and I send our heartfelt sympathy to Dorsey, Joe, Cindy, Jason, Joey and all the precious great-grandchildren. We have lost a pillar of our community. I will be thinking of you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Sue H. Sheats

Lou Wheeler

March 15, 2020

Mr. Dorsey's Daddy was my Doctor "before I was born and until he retired. " The Hutchins Family has ALWAYS been MY FAMILY. You are all so special. We are thankful that you were able to have Mr. Dorsey with you for so many years. We know you will miss him but he is in a better place now.
Eulan and Lou Ellen

kay standridge

March 15, 2020

So sorry for your family in Mr. Hutchins passing. What a wonderful legacy he and Mrs. Hutchins leave. They were indeed the very definition of what neighbors should be, something that you don't see much of anymore. Joe, I am sure that you will carry on that legacy on.

Susan Shuler

March 14, 2020

Joe, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I will always remember going to your Mom & Dad’s to get their delicious sausage. Prayers for comfort & peace now and in the days ahead.

Linda Pendergrass

March 14, 2020

Our thoughts are with all of you at this sad time. Dorsey was a very special man, and he influenced many people in his 102 years. What a life!

Connie Allison

March 14, 2020

The Hutchins family exemplify friendship, family, community service, devoted faith. Our family enjoys our friendship and visiting - admired Mr. Hutchins with his insights and devotion to loved ones - May God bless and keep you all in His care!

Jane McDaniel

March 14, 2020

Mr. Hutchins was so kind and genuine; a true gentleman. He had a wonderful smile and laugh.
My Daddy told me more than once, that Mr. & Mrs. Hutchins could talk to presidents, yet they always made him comfortable in any conversation...what a precious gift...
He served our Father , his family & friends, and his country with Christian excellence and sweet devotion. Such an example!
Much love and prayers to each & every member of the family and to the friends who hold you dear 💜

Vicki Knight-Mathis

March 13, 2020

I remember visiting the Hutchin’s family many times as a child. Your family was very important in my childhood. I bet my dad, William and Dorsey are sharing old times and getting into something tonight. Prayers for you all.
Vicki Knight-Mathis

Joan Murphy

March 13, 2020

I know you'll read this sentiment again and again...what a fine man. He raised 3 fine sons and was such an example of a solid Christian in word and deed. Our family lived just up the road from them for many years. He and his wife were people you could call on for help or direction. They always seemed to be there when needed as Joe and Cindy have followed in their footsteps. This man's legacy goes forward and I thank God to have known him and the Hutchins family.