|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1920|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 2011|
South Carolina, USA
Eva Walker McCartha Hutton died Sunday evening, August 14, 2011. Eva, (Eva Walker to her family), widow of Sherlock H. Hutton, was a daughter of the late Reuben and Ina Califf McCartha.
Eva was born in 1920 in Denmark, SC. She was the middle child of three daughters, a serious studious child who excelled in sports and was always eager to please. She was educated in the Denmark schools and then attended Winthrop College where she graduated with Honors in Biology. Going to medical school may have been the original plan but she said she was tired of studying and needed a break. She got a job teaching in Edgefield County as a biology and chemistry teacher until World War II broke out. At that time she moved to Charleston and worked at the Navy Yard as a chemist where she met and married her supervisor, Sherlock Holmes Hutton, from Oxford, Mississippi. They settled in Charleston and lived the first part of their marriage there.
These first idyllic years of marriage, combined with her precious childhood memories with family living nearby, concreted her life-long love affair with Charleston. It was the city of her soul. Later she and her husband lived in Walterboro and then settled in Columbia, due to her husband's work transfers with the Internal Revenue Service.
Eva and her husband were charter members of Trinity United Methodist Church in West Columbia where they were active for many years. Eva was a member of the Busbee Circle at Trinity and also taught Sunday school. She belonged to the West Columbia Women's Club, and ADK sorority.
For years she was a homemaker. Later she returned to teaching in Lexington School District 2 at Congaree Elementary School. She loved teaching and also cherished the many friendships she made and nurtured throughout the years she taught in District 2.
Eva worked tirelessly as a volunteer baby-sitter for her adored grandchildren. She had these six grandchildren in three groups. Her first two are Shannon (Sam) Hancock Amick, now living in Knoxville, Tenn. and Dean Amick of Columbia. Ten years later she had Hutton and Califf Raszewski (of Columbia) and then later Rick and Carrie Hutton (also of Columbia). These grandchildren were her heart, and she loved them like her own children. They brought much joy and happiness to her life.
She is survived by her children, Larry (Betsy Pogue) Hutton, Caroline Hutton (Gary) Raszewski, both of Columbia; her grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, Morgan and Lily Hancock, Bryson Raszewski; sisters-in-law, Lillian Hutton Cheatham of Columbia and Paulette Hutton of Mobile, Ala. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her two sisters and their husbands, Marion and Perry Cooper of Denmark, and later Tampa, Fla, and Ina and Robert Burgust of Apopka, Fla., as well as her daughter, Susan Hutton Amick, and son-in-law, Randy Amick, of Lexington.
In her retirement Eva enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, watching TV (she said she didn't have time to do this earlier in her life), and especially
traveling. She loved Europe, cruises, going on day trips and the beach. She and her friends would go often where they would play bridge, laugh, relax, and gather strength from the ocean. She loved moving from her "big" house to her patio home near her daughter, Caroline. Later she lived at Oakleaf Village and the Presbyterian Communities of Columbia.
She had many interesting stories to tell. When she was a young teacher in Edgefield, the "judge", Strom Thurmond, would loan her and other single teachers his car to go riding on Sunday afternoons. To her dismay they were called into the superintendent's office and told they could no longer do this, as the older ladies in town did not think it looked proper for them to
go out unchaperoned! She also remembered the day WWII started and the newsboys ran up and down the streets yelling "Extra, Extra-Read All About It". Eva lived a long life and experienced and saw many changes in the world. What she cherished the most in her life however was her family. She loved them unconditionally.
The family would like to thank the staff members at Oakleaf Village and the Presbyterian Communities for caring for her. We would hope people remember our mother for her quick wit, kindness, intelligence, Southern graciousness, and her strong sense of responsibility. She and her husband were very nurturing and generous. They were solid positive role models for their children, as well as the community. We pray they are united with their loved ones in heaven and are at peace.
Visitation will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Private services and burial will be in Denmark SC on Thursday morning.
Reuben Marion McCartha (1885 - 1963)
Ina Califf McCartha (1888 - 1979)
Sherlock Holmes Hutton (1915 - 1991)*
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Bobby Hobson
Record added: Nov 26, 2011
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