In memory of Attorney John Wilson Cutliff, 89, of Chester, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at his home.
Born in Pittsburg, Texas on Dec. 2, 1923, to Mattie Runnels, Mr. Cutliff was raised by his beloved "Mama," Miss Ophelia, in Shreveport, La. He graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. with a B.A. in history and sociology. He received an LL.B. in 1948 from the Lincoln University School of Law in Jefferson City, Mo. He completed a course in law librarianship at Columbia University and went on to receive an LL.M. from the New York University
School of Law in 1961, attending as a Ford Foundation Fellow. He also received an M.S. in library science from Atlanta University, attending as a U.S. Government Fellow. He was admitted to the bar of the state of S.C. in 1950. Mr. Cutliff served as law librarian and educator at the law schools of N.C. Central and S.C. State universities and as associate law librarian at Howard University. He practiced law in Chester until his retirement. He was a member of of the American and National Bar Associations, the American Association of Law Libraries, Kappa Alpha Psi and the Unitarian Universalist Association as well as a lifetime member of the NAACP. He was an accomplished bridge player and enjoyed bowling and tennis. He worked part-time and participated in the Chester County Literacy Council.
Mr. Cutliff is survived by his dearest, Geraldean Williams of Chester; her adoring great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jasmine; his loving daughter, Jennifer Wilson and her partner, Gary Biester, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his beloved sister, Nina Winters of Dover, Del. and her family; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Those who wish to honor Mr. Cutliff's memory can do so by making a contribution to the NAACP. The family wishes to thank Mr. Moses Caldwell Jr. and the staff at King's Funeral Home for their kindness.