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Celebrating the life of

Richard F. Cutts

July 28, 1945 - January 07, 2024

Richard F. Cutts

Richard Francis Cutts died Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, GA.

Richard was born on July 28, 1945 in Savannah and was Baptized at the St. John Basilica.  Richard would spend his entire life in his beloved Savannah, except for the two years in Athens while he attended the University of Georgia, and throughout his life would wonder why anyone would ever want to move away.

Richard was the only child of Francis Willet Cutts of Brooklyn, NY and Mary Virginia Hodge of Savannah.  He grew up with his mother and maternal grandparents, Dr. John E. Hodge, Sr. and Irene Buckley in their Ardsley Park family home, spending his happy childhood playing with friends in the neighborhood parks.

Richard attended Sacred Heart School (1-8), Richard Arnold Junior High (9), and Savannah High School (10-12), where he played on the varsity basketball team and graduated in 1963.  He attended Armstrong Junior College for two years before transferring to the University of Georgia from which he graduated in 1967 with a degree in Political Science.  Plans to enter Mercer Law School were thwarted by the Vietnam War, so instead he headed to Officer Candidate School before joining the Georgia 117th Air National Guard, Radar Unit (1968-75).  Richard was employed for over 40 years as a successful salesman, working for several companies before finishing his career with 17 years in durable medical equipment sales.

In 1994 Richard married his soulmate Beth, and together “RC and BC” embarked on a wonderful life full of love, fun, world travels (including Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, and all over Europe and the Americas), sporting events, and gatherings with their family members and many wonderful friends.  Richard was a people person-- with his big heart, booming laugh, and bottomless reservoir of sayings and “RCisms” running the gamut from mischievous to wise, he was the life of many a party at the Ardsley Park home they built together.  Over the years he had several furry companions in terriers Winston, Buckley, and Bixby, with whom he was inseparable.  Richard was a walking sports almanac, and as an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the L.A. Dodgers was apt to say “before I bled Dawg red, I bled Dodger blue.”

In addition to his wife Elizabeth Lanier Cutts, Richard is survived by:  son Dr. Yates Russell Brown (Dr. Rima Ash) of San Francisco, and grandchildren Adeline and Callen; son Richard Chase Cutts (Anne) of Charlotte, and grandchildren Avery and Logan; and half-sister Francine Perry of Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah GA 31406,



We are so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you.

- Straight Family, Savannah, Ga

I am very sorry to learn that. Richard has gained his wings. I have very fond memories of him back in high school. . actually, I don't know what it was, but something made me think of him this morning. Richard was a lot of fun and he will be missed by many.

- Camille Puckett, Peachtree Corners, GA

Beth, so very sorry to hear of Richard passing. He was such a wonderful fun man. So many will miss Richard and have forever great memories of him. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway. Much Love

- Joy Dyer Roberts, Savannah, Ga

Beth, We’re sorry to hear about Richard’s passing. Please know you and your family are in our prayers.

- LeAnne Consos, Savannah, GA

I’m so sadden to read this. I met Richard at Candler gym. Spent many days chatting next to him on bikes. He always spoke of his love for his beautiful wife and family. I was looking forward to seeing him again. I will miss you and our talks my friend. glad I had the pleasure of knowing you. Thoughts & prayers for the family you dearly loved

- Nancy Nowell Sturgess, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

We loved Richard who was a joy to be around. Our visit to Savannah was so fun with Richard and Beth taking us to well known and delicious places to eat. Love and sympathy to you Beth.

- Harriet & Mitch, Tupelo, MS

My only misfortune was to meet Richard, or "Sir Richard" as I dubbed him, so late in life. Fortunately, though, we were next door neighbors ("It's a short drive he always joked!") and were able to exchange visits, invitations, and telephone conversations with some regularity. Richard was a kind-hearted, warm, and generous person, who, though he didn't suffer fools, was always willing to listen to contending arguments even if he didn't agree. He could be prickly, but in the end his robust sense of humor...and accompanying thunderous laughter...would always win out. We talked a lot about baseball, and it was with perennial disappointment that our longed-for Dodgers/Yankees World Series rematch would vanish as each season progressed. The self-styled "Lord Major of Nowhere" will remain in our hearts and minds everywhere.

- John Bagnole , Savannah, GA

Richard made me a lot of money which I thank him for. Richard was the best salesman I ever had. Loyal and one great human being. Dave Bowman

- Dave Bowman, Fernandina beach, Fl

So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was a friend of both me and my husband when we were young and growing up. Thoughts and prayers for his entire family.

- James and Karen Traver, Savannah , GA

He was a good friend to our family for more than 60 years. He will be missed!

- Jane Powers Sparks , Stone Mountain, GA

I offer my sincere condolences, to the Cutts Family, I served as Mr. Cutts Personal Teller at Bank. I will miss his warm smile, caring demeanor and always joy of laughter. To know him was to love him, what joy it was to see him everytime pulling in the to drive thru or meeting up with him at Public. I will forever cherish the many memories of Georgia Bulldogs, various sport and games. I not only gain a friend but a genuine man of grace and care. Always praying for the family. Forever Mr. Cutts Favorite at the bank as only he could say Raphaellllllllll.

- RAPHAEL O WATSON, Savannah, Ga

So very sorry to read of Richard's passing, our condolences to Beth from the staff at the Chatham Club.

- The Staff at the Chatham Club, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss.

- Larry Cail, Jasper, Florida

Richard was one of the liveliest persons I’ve ever known. I’ll never forget all of the UGA games and the Sugar Bowl trip to New Orleans. He was an enduring Dawg fan, and his knowledge of sports (Dawgs and otherwise), along with his wealth of general knowledge, made every conversation with him so interesting. I always walked away having learned something new. Beth, I’m so very sorry that he’s gone. You two were indeed soulmates and best friends. John Jr. and I send our deepest condolences to you and your extended family. We feel Richard’s loss, and we are sending our love and prayers of strength to you. With much love, Joy Mobley

- Joy Mobley, Milton, GA

A candle has been lit!

I am devastated to hear of Richard’s passing. He was the best. Love to your family.

- Laura McMillan, Savannah, GA

Beth, I am so sorry for your loss.

- Donna Tomberlin, Savannah , GA

Beth, I am so sorry to hear of Richard's passing.

- Judy Guyer, Chester , SC

I'm so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He was such a sweet, kind, fun person. My condolences to the Cutts family.

- Ann Upchurch Halverson, Savannah, GA

Beth, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss of Richard. I send you my deep condolences. God bless you. With prayers and sympathy, Susan

- Sister Susan Arnold Harms, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was always a kind, pleasant gentleman and friend of my husband Bubba and myself. Sending my condolences to his family.

- Beverly Waddell Mock, Savannah, Ga.

We're so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He will be sorely missed at all of the family gatherings. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lyne and George

- Lyne Hitt, Gainesville, GA

I am so sad to see this. Richard was a man of the old school of courtesy, respect and salesmanship. A one-of-a-kind who will never be forgotten, especially his humor and jokes.

- Carole Romig, Savannah, GA

Beth, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hold tight to your memories.

- Barbara T. Miller, Waycross , GA

So very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was A high school friend who I always remembered for his kindness and one who always had a smile to brighten the day…..

- Sydney Solomon Ratnow, Suffern, NY

I had to be out of town to have missed Richards passing. I am so very sorry for your loss.Richard and I both went to Sacred Heart School on 38th street. We would run into each other through the years. It would put a smile on our faces just to remember those good old days. Again to his family and all his friends I am truly sorry.

- Paula Drawdy, Ellabell, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel