Christine White Hutchison, 82, of Hazlehurst, died Wednesday, January 20, 2010.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22 at Stringer Family Funeral Services in Hazlehurst from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held at 10 a.m. with funeral services following at Bethel Baptist Church at 11a.m. with interment in the church cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Christine was born in the Bethel Community of Copiah County east of Hazlehurst on February 6, 1927 to James and Minnie Ashley White. She graduated from Hazlehurst High School in 1945 and enjoyed many special friendships from those years. She began her working days at Ford Cleaners where she met her loving husband, Paul Wayne Hutchison. She then ran the general store at Hutchison Lumber Company in Georgetown, MS. She enjoyed working at the Roy Russell John Deere Equipment Company and Kenwin’s Dress Shop. For over 20 years, Christine was employed by Merchants & Planters Bank which is now Trustmark Bank. She retired in 1992 as Vice President. After retirement, Christine and Paul Wayne enjoyed many years together gardening and spending time with their family. Paul Wayne fulfilled a lifelong dream for her to have a family cabin which was completed in 1992 and since that time, there has been continual planting of her favorite flowers, bulbs, shrubs, azaleas and camellias. The cabin serves as a haven for all of the family gatherings which she looked forward to and enjoyed tremendously.
Christine loved the Lord and served Him faithfully. Bethel Baptist Church was an integral part of her life as she served there in the WMU, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Training Union her entire life. She was also the church treasurer for many years. She loved music and enjoyed singing in the church choir.
Survivors include: her children, Wayne Hutchison of McComb, Susan and Jerry Ford of Hazlehurst, Mary and Kevin Sorensen of French Camp, and Laura and Jim Purdie of Clinton, MS; sister, Jimmie Dale Granger of Hazlehurst; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. She was expecting her first set of twin great grandsons soon. She will be missed by her in-laws Arnell and Billie Hutchison of Hazlehurst and Donald and Eleanor Whitmire of McCool, MS. Christine leaves behind many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly as well as many special friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Paul Wayne Hutchison, Sr., brothers James Earl White and Billy Joe White, sisters Evelyn Hall, and Jeannette White.
Memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1189 Bethel Lane, Hazlehurst, MS 39083; French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745; or His Heart Ministries, 1300 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203.