Dr. Joe Thomas Hutton – age 89, passed away Wednesday May 11, 2016
Church Affiliation: Smithwood Baptist Church
Organizations: Member of the East Tennessee Academy of Dental Practice Administration, Mid-American Orthodontic Society, American Association of Functional Orthodontics and the American Association of Neuromuscular Studies, and was honored as the dentist of the year by the second district dental society in 1989-90. He was also the president of the East Tennessee Dental Association.
Joe was born on July 25, 1926 to Thomas S. Hutton and his wife Johnnie Belle Cook. Joe had 2 sisters, Marguerite and Barbara Ann. Joe attended grade school and high school in the Greenback community where he made many life-long friends. In his senior years, Joe enjoyed attending the area's annual class reunions called the Greenback Happy Survivors. When Joe graduated from high-school, our country was still involved in World War 11. In 1944 Joe volunteered for service in the navy. He served on a submarine named Burfish that helped patrol and guard the Panama Canal.
In 1946 when Joe returned from naval service, he decided to take advantage of the GI Bill Grant to help with his future education. He first attended Hiwassee College at Madisonville and later enrolled at Maryville College in Maryville where he met his future wife Edith Wilson. The year 1949 was a very challenging year for Joe. At this time he was making plans to enter dental school in Memphis, Tn. Both his parents died unexpectedly within six months of each other. It was a very trying time for him and his sisters and it became necessary for Joe and Edith to delay their marriage plans for a time. Joe and Edith were married in February 1951 while Joe was still a dental student at University of Tennessee Dental School. There was no time for a honeymoon because Joe had to get back to school.
Joe and Edith attended Bellview Baptist church in Memphis, Tn. Many of the dental students attended there. Joe was a Presbyterian and Edith was a Baptist. Joe said that he would like to join this Baptist church and Edith told him he would have to be baptized again, and he agreed. He had been baptized twice before, once as an infant by his mother's Methodist minister and then Baptized by sprinkling when he was a young teen when he joined his father's Presbyterian church. He was baptized by emersion by Dr. Robert G. Lee, the pastor of Bellview Baptist church. Many years later, Joe would tease his Baptist friends and tell them he had been baptized three times.
After graduation, Joe decided he would like to establish a dental practice in Knoxville Tn. In early 1953 he rented office space from a physician named Dr. Joel Morris located on north Broadway in Knoxville. At the time, Edith was his first dental assistant until their first child was born. After that he hired Billy Tellafario and later he employed Leah Smelcer who later married Nooied Whitaker.
Around 1959 Dr. Morris retired and sold his office on north Broadway. Joe recolated his dental office to Powers Street.
In 1975 Joe and his friend Dr. Lawrence Trivette wanted to find property nearer to fountain city for their dental practice. They found a location on Essary Rd. that pleased them and built a building there. It was not far from the fountain city "duck pond". For over 60 years Joe practiced dentistry and faithfully served his dental patients.
Joe and Edith had a blessed marriage and became the parents of three children. James Randall Hutton, Richard Thomas Hutton, and Samantha Ann Hutton. Later on Randy married PennyWeisgarber. Rick married Martha Brock, and Samantha married David Metheney. The children presented them with four beautiful grandchildren: Paige Hutton, Zachary Hutton, Lauren Hutton, and Harijot Metheney. Joe was a devoted father and he had precious memories of all his children. He often mentioned a treasured memory of each child. Samantha Hutton and her Suzuki piano and violin music program at University of Tennessee. Especially he fondly remember the trip to Japan that Samantha, Edith and Joe took for Samantha to study under the founder of the Suzuki method, Dr. Suzuki. A fond memory of Randy was when he became a dentist and entered the dental practice with Joe. A treasured memory that he had of Rick is helping him at Rick's hardward store in his retirement years.
Joe greatly enjoyed bass fishing with Randy and his friends, and was an accomplished pilot. He enjoyed flying to many areas in the United States. He especially enjoyed gaining permission to fly across the Niagara Falls in Canada.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his older sister Marguerite Sentelle. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, children, and his grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister Barbara Ann Hughes, and many nieces and nephews.
Receiving of friends will be on Friday May 13, 2016 at 6:00-8:00 pm at Stevens Mortuary followed by the chapel service at 8pm at Stevens chapel with Dr. Mark Gaskins officiating. The family and friends will meet 12:45 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Greenwood Cemetery for a graveside service and interment at 1:00 pm.
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