Howard Hatcher

Obituary of Howard Walter Hatcher

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Howard Walter Hatcher age 87, of Dunlap, TN, passed away on February 18, 2023. He was born at home in Davidson County, TN on June 14, 1935 and was a 1953 graduate of Eagleville High School. Following graduation, he attended Middle TN State College where he received a B.S. degree in Agriculture. His post-college career included 8 eight years with Borden Foods, thirty-four years with U.S.D.A. Rural Development, and ten years as director of the Sequatchie/Dunlap Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Dunlap United Methodist Church, where he served in numerous leadership positions, as well as teaching the Adult Fellowship Sunday school class for over fifty years. He was also a dedicated member of the Lions Club for more than sixty years. In retirement, Howard was the author of two books, Granddaddy Tell Me a Story and Parables and People: Stories of Yesteryear. He also enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren, as well as anyone else that would join him on his daily walks with his beloved dog, Annie, up and down the hills of Ridge Road. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie Hatcher; parents, James B and Katherine Hatcher; brothers, Alex, Harold, Ted, and Bob Hatcher. Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Dorothy (Dot); daughters, Dawn (Jeff) Jones, and Melissa (Dan) Tibbs; grandchildren, Amber Jones Golovlev (Alex), Jacob and Anna Kate Tibbs; great-granddaughter, Elena Golovlev; and brother, Tom Hatcher. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 25th, at 1:00 PM CST, at Dunlap United Methodist Church with Pastors Kim Dunn and Brent Hall officiating. Burial will be at Sequatchie Memorial Gardens Community Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements by Standefer-Reed Funeral Home, 50 May Road, Dunlap, TN where the family will receive friends on Friday, from 4:00-8:00 PM CST. On Saturday, the body will lie in state at Dunlap United Methodist Church from noon-1:00 PM CST. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Dunlap United Methodist Church or the Sequatchie County Public Library.
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