Earl Price Hutchens, 84, of Lodi passed away Monday evening, July 2, 2012 in the arms of his significant other, Geraldine "Gerry" Schook.
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Earl was born June 12, 1928 to Dicy and Eli Hutchens in Yadkin County, NC where he attended school. He joined the US Air Force in 1948 and was honorably discharged as a staff sargent in 1952.
Upon discharge, he became a barber and eventually owned his shop at the Mayfair Shopping Center in Stockton. He, also, worked at PDM Steel and Rainbow Bread Bakery prior to retirement. Earl, just couldn't stay retired, so he began working for Gierhart-Wells & Donahue Funeral Home where he stayed for 17 years.
He was a member of Morning Star Lodge F. & A.M. and Woodbridge Lodge #131 F. & A.M., Stockton Scottish Rite Bodies, Ben Ali Shrine, Tokay Shrine Club, Lodi Moose Lodge #634, Lodi Historical Society, San Joaquin County Historical Society, Lodi Community Concert Assoc., Mended Hearts Chapter #50, American Legion Post in NC, Horse & Buggy Music Group and past member of the Barbers Union.
He loved fishing, collecting and tinkering with clocks and watches, enjoyed music and playing the autoharp, guitar, banjo, mandolin and listening to bluegrass music.
Preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie Hutchens, second wife, Tita Hutchens and his daughter, Sandy Hutchens. Also by a brother, Lemmie Hutchens and sister, Elsie Mae Stimpson.
In addition to his significant other he is also survived by two sisters, Anna Crayton of Winston-Salem, NC and Jettie Davis of Kernersville, NC. Niece, Tenise Allen of Lincoln and numerous other nieces and nephews and his devoted companion, "Lucky".
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 14th at 11:00am in the chapel of the Donahue Funeral Home with Deacon Richard Foley and Woodbridge Masonic Lodge #131, F. & A.M. officiating. Private committal will be in the Lodi Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from July 7 to July 14, 2012