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George William Dutton
RURAL RETREAT, Va.
GEORGE WILLIAM DUTTON, age 77, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Davidson County Hospice House, Lexington, N.C.
George attended Rural Retreat High School and graduated from Emory & Henry College with a major in chemistry and math. He completed additional graduate work at the University of Virginia. He began his career at Marion Junior High School teaching science. After several years, he went to work for RCA at the Marion Job Corps Center, where he began as the Education Manager and later became director over the facility. George finished his career at Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute as the Environmental Director and teaching evening chemistry classes at Wytheville Community College.
Active in his community, he was a member of the Marion Rotary Club for over 40 years, serving in many capacities including President; and receiving the Paul Harris Award. George was a member of the musical group Grandsons of the Pioneers along with several of his fellow Rotarians, playing various Rotary functions and other events. He was also a member of the MacDowell Music Club of Rural Retreat.
George was a lifetime member of Fulton United Methodist Church in Groseclose, where he served and volunteered. Over the years he held various positions including chairperson of the Administrative Board and chairperson of the Pastor Parrish Relations Committee. George was a devoted member of the church choir where he enjoyed singing solos as well as being a member of their men's vocal quintet The Fulton 5. He and his wife served as charge conference delegates for the Holston Church Conference at Lake Junaluska for 22 years.
In his free time, he enjoyed managing Dutton Hollow Farm, the family farm since 1793. George loved music and played several instruments including the autoharp and harmonica. After retirement, he and his wife loved traveling together. They enjoyed attending musicals and plays and they rarely missed a show at the Barter Theatre. They also enjoyed an annual trip every fall to New York, where they attended as many Broadway shows as they could possibly squeeze into a week.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Hobart and Alva Dutton of Rural Retreat, Va.; and brother, Dr. Sherman Dutton of Martinsville, Va.
He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Sandra Fullen Dutton of the home; daughter, Anna Dutton Shaver and husband, Dalton of Thomasville, N.C.; son, John Adam Dutton and wife, Lacy of Rural Retreat, Va.; grandchildren, Kayla Elizabeth Shaver, Isaac Dean Shaver, Jared Adam Dutton and Jenna Rosemarie Dutton.
The family wishes to thank Smyth County Community Hospital Cancer Center and Smyth County Community Hospital – Dr. Hammad, Jessica Hill NP., Dr. Stiltner and Dr. Miller, along with the dedicated team of nurses and staff; as well as the staff from Smyth Regional Homecare.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Fulton United Methodist Church, 8288 Lee Highway, Rural Retreat, Va. 24368 (opposite the Mountain Empire Airport) with Pastor C.W. Huff Jr., Pastor Ruth Ann Henley, and Mr. Brian Cregger officiating. Burial will follow in Kimberling Cemetery, 1143 Kimberlin Road, Rural Retreat, Va. 24368. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Fulton United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 641, Atkins, Va. 24311.
To share memories of George William Dutton, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for George's family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.
Nancy and I are saddened by the loss of cousin Sandys husband, George. He was always gracious to us. Nancy and I are praying for Sandy and the family. Coy B Fullen Spokane, Washington
Coy and Nancy Fullen Apr 20 2019 12:00 AM
I have such fond memories of George when I worked for him as a teacher at the Job Corps for 5 years. Anna was maybe 2 years old and John Adam was born during that time. George always kept things interesting. He had done great ancestry research on John Adam's name. Those were the days that he was in the CB business. We got an update every morning over coffee. All of us will remember his infamous mustache. He did enjoy music. Sandra, I remember what a great musician you are. You were our pianist for all events while we were in high school. I would imagine that your children inherited your musical talent. So very sorry to hear that George is singing with the angels. I know you will miss him greatly. When Bert was working at Belks, he talked with both of you a year or so ago. Our prayers are with your family during this sad time.
Betty (LeSueur) Mask Apr 19 2019 12:00 AM
Our heart goes out to Sandy and family. We are very saddened to hear of Georges passing. George has always been a good friend and neighbor, he will be missed dearly.
Kris & Jan Kowalski Apr 18 2019 12:00 AM
Our condolences to all members of George's family. I have been blessed to know George his entire life and growing up together in the Kimberlin community. His great grandfather (several greats) Adam Dutton and my several greats grandfather George Weaver were the first trustees and founding members of the Kimberlin Lutheran Church, the first Lutheran Church built in Wythe County. George will be missed by all who have known him. Our love and sadness we share with Sandy, Anna and John. Jack and Rosedith (Rose) Sult Weaver
Jack B Weaver Apr 18 2019 12:00 AM
We were sadden to learn of George's passing. He was a friend and fellow employee when I worked with him at BRJC. We pray God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you during this sad time.
Marvin & Louise Leslie Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM
Sandy, Anna, and John, My sincere condolences to you at this time. George was a man of many talents and he gave a great deal to his communities. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
MARY MILLER Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM
John, Anna, Sandy I am so sorry. George is unforgettable as his Mom and dad have been to me.
Becky Langston Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM
I feel blessed to have met a man so passionate about science. We connected at the Lifetime Wellness Center discusing the total eclipse of the sun. George, I know your loving family will miss all aspects of you, thankful for the moments I had with you.
Kim Reedy Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM
Im sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers
Cindy Poston Blevins Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy. I met George when I began working at SWVMHI. He was a gentleman and always helpful to me and others. I will remember our talks about work, family and Bob Dylan! George was one of a kind. Rest in peace my friend.
norma brickey Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM