Obituaries for Aug. 21, 2013

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 04:59 PM

George Hutchinson Sr.

George Thomas “Tom” Hutchinson Sr., 89, of Savannah, Ga., died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his residence under the care of Hospice Savannah Inc. He was born in Screven County, Ga., and moved to Savannah in 1941. He was a graduate of Savannah High School, class of 1943, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in WW II, serving in the Southwest Pacific on Peleliu Island, where he was attached to the U.S. Marine Air Wing Fighter Squadron, serving as a Crew Chief.

He returned to the United States in 1945, to attend Georgia Teachers College, graduating in 1949, and moving to Augusta, Ga., to establish Draughn’s Business College, and returning to Savannah to work for the Railroad.

He served for 12 years on the Port Wentworth City Council, and in 1963 he became one of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise holders in Hickory, N.C., for 38 years, while adding five more locations before retiring to Savannah in 2001.

He was a member of the Wilmington Island United Methodist Church. He was a Life Member of Frank F. Baker Masonic Lodge # 46, F. & A.M’s, having been a member for over 50 years, Alee Shrine Temple for 35 years, American Legion for 49 years, the Marine Corps League, VFW, the Moose Lodge in Statesboro, Ga., and the Bacon Park Senior Blitz.

He was preceded in death by his brother, the Rev. J.B. Hutchinson; his sisters, Audrey Davis, Wilma Smith, and Avis Keel; and his granddaughter, Kasey Fields.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Hutchinson of Savannah, Ga; son, George Thomas Jr. of Bethlehem, N.C.; daughters, Celeste & Herb Creaseman of Granite Falls, N.C., Janie and Bobby Thompson of Statesboro, Ga., Sylvia Hutchinson of Lenoir, N.C., Cornelia Hutchinson of Statesboro, Ga., and Sonya and Emerson Conner of Statesboro, Ga.; his stepchildren, Debbie and Ken Hagin of Statesboro, Johnny and Lori Poteat of Greensboro, N.C., and Denise Poteat of Savannah, Ga.; a brother, Raymond and Pat Hutchinson of Pooler, Ga.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his special caregiver, Jannelle Brown, for her loving care.

Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fairhaven Funeral Home - Hubert C. Baker Chapel.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Chapel.

Remembrances may be sent to Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital, in care of Alee Shrine Temple, 100 Eisenburg Drive, Savannah, GA 31406, and Hospice Savannah Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.

David Gibson

David "Tommy" Gibson, 46, of Valdese passed away Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Waldensian Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. at the church.

Gladys Cook

Gladys Branch Cook, 87, of Morganton died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home, with burial at Drexel Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home.

Betty Storie

Betty Fox Storie, 84, of Lenoir passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.

Born Sept. 30, 1928, in Burke County, Betty was a daughter of the late Kermit and Ida Freeman Fox. She was Baptist by faith and a member or the Flemings Chapel Baptist Church. Betty worked for Southern Bell Phone Company for 36 years, where she was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers. Betty enjoyed playing Scrabble, playing card games, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and camping. Betty will be remembered as a mom to so many people and as a lady who enjoyed giving to people. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy Campbell and Josephine Freeman.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, William Earl Storie of the home; three children, Sherry Norman and husband Stu Cotner of Asheville, Sandra Storie Williams of Lenoir, and Larry Storie and wife Pat of Hudson; one sister, Jonnie Williams of Morganton; one brother, Kermit Fox Jr. and wife Anita of Morganton; three grandchildren, Chris Davis and wife Amy, Willie Storie and wife Crystal, and Annie Deal and husband William; seven great-grandchildren, Austin Davis, Colby Davis, Brock Davis, Ava Deal, Ivy Deal, Bryson Storie and Zeke Storie; and numerous other relatives.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Flemings Chapel Baptist Church with Dr. Scott Shoffner and the Rev. David Orders officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 1 to 3 p.m.

Memorials can be made to the Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Storie Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Storie Family.