Norman F. Hutchinson, age 91, passed away suddenly but peacefully at his Murfreesboro home in the early morning hours of April 10, 2018.
Norman was the son of the late Knox Hutchinson and Stacie Williams Hutchinson of Murfreesboro and was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Rowlette Hutchinson and his two brothers, Thomas Hutchinson of Murfreesboro and Charles Hutchinson of Union city, Tennessee.
Norman was a life-long citizen of Murfreesboro and spent his entire life in Rutherford County, except for a brief period of military service in WWII followed by residence in Maryland during his college education. He was president of all his high school classes at Central High School for each year of his schooling, and he graduated with highest honors from the University of Maryland in 1951, finishing second in his graduating class.
Norman served as Postmaster for the city of Murfreesboro from 1963 to 1983 and was President of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters. He also served as Commissioner of the Board of the Murfreesboro Housing Authority from 1956 to 1968, and as Vice-Chairman and Commissioner of the Board of the same from 1984 to 2005. He had also been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was a successful businessman with entrepreneurial pursuits in commercial properties and real estate, following with interest the growth of his beloved Murfreesboro from a sleepy college farm town to the bustling, energetic city it has become. He had been a faithful member of North Boulevard Church of Christ for many years.
Fulfilling a childhood dream, Norman took flying lessons and became a private pilot while in his 50’s, purchasing an aircraft and taking his friends with him to Florida and to visit their families in neighboring states. As a life-long learner, after his retirement Norman enjoyed traveling to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, and was always ready to jump on an airplane to see the world.
In his later years, Norman became an avid motor coach fan, being an active member of both the Tennessee Ridge Runners and the Good Sam Club motor coach organizations, where he made and cherished many new friends. The sight of his big RV with his car towed behind became part of the landscape in his neighborhood. He toured the entire nation in his motor coach and loved sharing about all the places he had been, encouraging everyone to "hit the road" and enjoy the pleasures of exploration.
Norman always exhibited a love of life and was able to squeeze joy from each new day, never meeting a stranger. His love of story-telling was evident to all. He will be greatly missed.
Norman is survived by his son, Mark Hutchinson and his wife, Cynthia of Murfreesboro, his daughter, Linda Hutchinson of Union City, his two grandsons, Stephen and David Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
A funeral service will be held at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. with visitation 12 to 2 p.m. with Bro. Jim Creech officiating. Burial will be private at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home and Cremation, 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please leave online condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.