Leicester - Cecil Hutchins of Leicester died on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from complications of a stroke. He was born on November 10, 1935, and was a lifetime resident of Buncombe County. His parents Lt. Col. Cecil C. and Lois Hutchins predeceased him.
He attended Lee H. Edwards High School and North Carolina State University, and retired after 35 years with the Southeastern Experiment Station of the U.S. Forest Service. He was a retired U.S. Army
Chief Warrant Officer Four, serving as Assistant Inspector General of the Inspection Team of the 108th Division Training Headquarters in Charlotte, inspecting reserve units in North and South Carolina.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Phyllis; daughter Leslee Hutchins (Peter) Sprague, son Greg Hutchins (Nancy), and daughter Andrea Hutchins Hunnicutt. Also surviving him are his wonderful grandchildren Allison, Morgan, Nathan, Laura Elizabeth, Jeff, Natalie, Neal, Emma Grace, and Emory; brother Gary Hutchins (Brenda); and sister Virginia Towe.
Mr. Hutchins is a longtime member of Acton United Methodist Church, having served as church treasurer, chair of various committees, the Trustee Board, and the Administrative Council. He was a member of the WNC Military Officers Association and the UNC Asheville Athletic Board, serving as a past president.
He enjoyed his family, farming, raising black angus cattle, and traveling. He and Phyllis visited all 50 states, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, and Bermuda.
Mr. Hutchins was an avid sports fan, holding season tickets to UNC Asheville sports events for the past thirty years. He also closely followed North Carolina State University teams.
Services will be held at Acton United Methodist Church at 171 Sand Hill School Rd. on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., with visitation at 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. Rev. Warren N. Owens will officiate. Burial will follow in the Acton Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hutchins Endowment Fund, UNC Asheville Foundation, Inc., CPO 2500, One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804, or to Acton United Methodist Church, 171 Sand Hill School Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family, and the online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com