GREENVILLE - Clarence C. “Bubber” Hutto died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, after a long and hard-fought battle with parkinson's Disease.
He was born Nov. 20, 1936, in Newberry. He was the son of Clarence Claude Hutto and Sarah Hipp Hutto, who predeceased him.
He attended public schools in Newberry. At age 16, he entered The Citadel, class of 1957. During that time, he was awarded Distinguished Military Student, Cadet Captain and Company Commander and was a member of the Summerall Guards Drill team. Immediately following The Citadel, he served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant and later as a Captain in the Army Reserves.
He retired after 37 years from a distinguished banking career with South Carolina National Bank, now known as Wachovia Bank. During that time, he supported various community organizations, serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Spartanburg and Greenville, Chairman of the Board of The Greenville Urban League and in various capacities at the YMCA of Spartanburg and Greenville.
Upon his retirement, he spent more than 6,000 hours volunteering for the Greenville Hospital system and Saint Francis Hospital. In 2004, he received the American Institute for Public Service Jefferson Award.
“Bubber,” an avid exercise enthusiast, volunteered many hours at the Greenville YMCA and Vitality Center of Saint Francis teaching aerobics and assisting others in their quest for a healthy lifestyle.
“Bubber” was a king and gentle soul as evidenced by his compassion and love for other people and his dedication to helping others throughout his retirement.
His love of the Lord and his church, Saint Matthew United Methodist Church, inspired him to actively participate for many years in many capacities, including teaching and reaching out to others.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, “Bubber” said that “the disease has its agenda and I have mine.” At this point of his life he fulfilled his dream of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, skydiving as long as his body would allow him to.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Joanne Halfacre Hutto. In addition to Joanne, he leaves his son and namesake, Clarence Claude “Bubber” Hutto III and his wife, Cindy Bankhead Hutto of Folly Beach; a daughter, Sarah Jo Hutto Funkhouser and husband, Mark Edward Funkhouser of Charlotte, N.C.; and a sister, Mary Lee Hutto Darby and husband, Louis G. Darby of Mariett, Ga. He was also blessed with three wonderful grandchildren, Laura Ellen Hutto of Mount Pleasant and Joanne Kathleen Funkhouser and Luke Edward Funkhouser of Charlotte, N.C. He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews, whom he loved.
The Rev. Cameron Treece, of Saint Matthew United Methodist Church, will perform a committal service to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rosemont Cemetery in Newberry. After the committal service, a memorial service performed by the Reverends Cameron Treece and DeArmand Canady will be held at Saint Matthew United Methodist Church on Cleveland Street in Greenville at 3 p.m. with visitation in the church parlor immediately following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers and in honor of Bubber's compassion for others, donations may be made to Saint Matthew United Methodist Church, 701 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC 29601; or to United Ministries, 606 Pendleton St., Greenville, SC 29601.
A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.mackeymortuary.com.