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Michael "Hutch" Hutchinson, Sr.

April 28, 1955 ~ December 27, 2022 (age 67) 67 Years Old

Michael "Hutch" Hutchinson, Sr. Obituary

  • Mr. Michael Stephen Hutchinson, Sr. (age 67) went home to his heavenly rest on December 27, 2022. 
  • A Celebration of Life will be held for Mr. Hutchinson at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at The Plaza Arts Center.
  • The family has respectfully requested that any persons planning to attend services please be considerate and wear a mask.

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On April 28, 1955, Michael Stephen Hutchinson, Sr. aka “Hutch” (or “Miguel,” as his wife affectionately called him) was born to his loving mother, Alberta Taylor Willis, in Chattanooga, TN. The eldest of three children, he was loved dearly by his mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family, and friends.

Michael was raised by his grandparents, Matthew and Gertrude Taylor, as well as his Aunt Gloria Taylor. He joined Bethlehem Baptist Church of Chattanooga at an early age; some of his most memorable experiences include ringing the church bell on Sunday mornings and eating what was left of Holy Communion. His grandmother’s home was the family gathering place after church, where everyone would come together to enjoy the many delicious meals prepared by her.

As a child Michael loved the summers, which he spent in Atlanta with his aunt Anna Mary (lovingly called Mae-Mae) and family. He had many fond memories of the good times shared with Mae-Mae, Uncle Walt, Janet, and Jimmy, and spoke often of the amazing experiences they provided him. Michael even met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a very good friend of Uncle Walt and Mae Mae.

Educated in the Chattanooga Hamilton County School System, Michael graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1973. After attending an Upward Bound Program that summer, he decided to enroll at Mercer University in Macon, GA, where he would graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1978. While at Mercer, Michael also joined the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and pledged the Spring Line of 1974: “Earth, Wind and Fire.” Michael was “Wind,” and if you know him, you know it was an appropriate name! Michael served as the Gamma Zeta Chapter President for three years, and many of his favorite college times were spent with his brothers in Omega Psi Phi. He often joked that he only went back to college after freshman year just to become a “Que Dog.”

Michael met the love of his life, Rapunzel Parham, on Labor Day of 1978. On August 1, 1981, they were married in Eatonton, GA and three children were born to their union: Michael Jr.(“Kash”), Spencer, and Raven. Michael and his family lived in Macon, GA and then Clemons, NC before finally settling in Lithonia, GA, where they remained for the past 32 years. Michael worked as a Real Estate Broker with IBM (Inez, Byron, and Michael) Realty of Georgia until recently when his health began to fail.

Michael is preceded in death by his mother, Alberta Taylor Willis, and his grandparents, Matthew and Gertrude Taylor.

Michael leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 41 years, Rapunzel; four children, Taqueta Sanders (Cedric), Michael Jr., Spencer, and Raven;  a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Martha Parham; a loving Aunt, Evelyn Taylor; two sisters, Millicent Hall (Phynis) and Suzanne Willis; eight grandchildren, Miles, Joy, Layla, Micah, Michael III, Kyre (Bella), Julius, and Arie; three great grandchildren, Aliyana, Aleyana, and Aydrian; four wonderful daughters-in-love, Ryan, Dione, Tia, and Kia; three sisters-in-law, Nadine Slappy (Alvin), Teresa Willoughby, and Marsha Thomas (Rod); two brothers-in-law, Ramon Parham (Diane) and Charles Parham Jr. (Brenda); many devoted friends who were like brothers, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, and friends.

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January 3, 2023

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hurt's Funeral Home of Eatonton
110 N Maple Ave
Eatonton, GA 31024

Funeral Service
January 4, 2023

12:00 PM
The Plaza Arts Center
305 N Madison Ave
Eatonton, GA 31024

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