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 Asa Clois Hutcherson

Asa Clois Hutcherson

Weakley County, Tennessee, USA
Death 13 Oct 1952 (aged 58)
Weakley County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 69193505 · View Source
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From the Dresden Enterprise Oct 17, 1952

(Transcribed and Corrected by Frank Shanklin)

A.C. Hutcherson, Business Man; Well Known

Stepped in Front of Morning Passenger Near Dresden.

Dresden and Weakley County in its entirety was profoundly shocked to hear that A.C. Hutcherson, well-known potato broker and alderman, as well as former merchant, had died instantly in the path of the eastbound N.C. & St. L. morning passenger train at a point some two miles east of Dresden, near what is called the Atkinson Crossing.

The tragedy occurred at a point to the rear of the Carl Melton place, on Gleason highway, where the track makes a sharp turn, around which the rails are invisible to enginemen, and on a grade. Members of the engine crew stated that as they rounded the sharp curve, going east, that Mr. Hutcherson stepped in front of their engine, with hat in hand, and was hit by the locomotive. His sudden appearance on the track was too late for the train to be stopped before striking him. His body was carried some 150 yards before the train could come to a stop, near a trestle that spans a creek running thru the Atkinson farm.

Mr. Hutcherson arose Monday and went about his usual duties at the depot, where he operated a sweet potato buying business. He drove out east of Dresden to the rail crossing, parked his pickup truck in the yard of Thomason Arnold, hardby the crossing, and talked to the Arnold family about some potatoes, then disappeared, later to be found some half mile east of this point where the train had carried his body.

Officers found a note in Mr. Hutcherson's truck, addressed to his family, which indicated the act was self intended. Friends are at a loss to understand Mr. Hutcherson's act. He was a prosperous business man; member of the City Board of Dresden, and in ordinary health. There was no hint of his intention in his actions Monday morning.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m., from Walker's Chapel Methodist Church, east of Dresden, by Rev. Cayce Pentecost and Rev. C.A. Riggs. Burial was in the church cemetery, with Bowlin & Riggs in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hutcherson was a member of the Walker's Chapel Methodist Church. He was an influential citizen, a good father and husband, and took active part in the activities of the community. He had been in the produce brokerage business for many years, and also formerly operated a mercantile business north of Dresden. He was a Mason.

Surviving are his wife, Onie Mosley Hutcherson; four sons, Hoyt Hutcherson, Weakley Co. Trustee, Dale and Wade Hutcherson, of Dresden, and Roy Hutcherson, of Portland Oregon; two daughters, Lula Mae Hutcherson Shanklin, of Latham, Ruby Faye Hutcherson Sherwood, of Memphis, and 12 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Cayce Spikes, Lloyd Reavis Jr., A.W. Gaylord, J.R. Pritchett, Milburn Vincent, and H.H. Cook.

(Side Note from Frank Shanklin)
When the writer of this article wrote this in the Dresden Enterprise, he wasn't aware (as most of Clois' family) that Clois had terminal cancer of the colon. Clois decided to take his own life because he knew that Onie would spend every dollar of what little money they had at the time, to keep Clois alive, while he knew there was no hope of surviving.

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