John David Hutson, Sr. entered eternal rest November 11, 2021, after a short illness surrounded by his family at Baptist Heart Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
He is survived by his daughter and son in law, Ticia and Mark Schaub; his cherished granddaughter, Mary Katherine Hutson and her fiancé Liam Haycock; sister, Cindy Hutson Hall (Chip); two brothers, HHF “Hootie” Hutson, III (Ann) and Greg Hutson (Tiffany); as well as “favorite cousins” Emma and Bill Simon and Kathy Thomsom; his constant four-legged companion, Itty-Bitty Kitty;special friend, Donna Hinkel; as well as many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his son, John David Hutson, Jr.; his parents Olga and John Brisben and Harry and Ruth Hutson; brothers: Lawrence “Lonnie” Hutson (survived by his wife, Jane), and Charles Brisben.
John was born in Charleston, SC October 21, 1943, where he attended and graduated from Bishop England High School. After attending St. Leo’s College in St. Leo, FL he embarked on a career in the marine construction industry. During his career he worked along the eastern seaboard in various capacities such as: superintendent, project management, vice president and general counsel. His family is very proud of many projects he worked on, including the Altamaha River twin bridges, multiple projects for GPA (Garden City Terminal/Lash facilities), SCPA (Wando Terminal), Jacksonville Fishing Pier and numerous projects for the US Navy in which he received various awards and honors for his services. Additionally, John served as part of the South Carolina National Guard and was honorably discharged in May 1971 with the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6).
Known as Johnny to everyone, he was known for his sense of humor and witty one-liners. John’s favorite pastime was fishing, listening to Neil Diamond and “playing” his guitar. But the greatest love of his life was his family and friends and looked forward to any occasion in which he could celebrate with them. One of his granddaughter’s favorite memories of her PapPap is Christmas time when he would sing “Blue Christmas” as “Porky Pig” to her.
His family would like to thank everyone at Baptist Heart Hospital for all their support over the past month. The doctors, RNs, CNAs, and other staff members tried heroically to help John overcome his illness, but heaven was ready for another angel, and he was called home. Additionally, the support this wonderful team offered his daughter and granddaughter during this time will be forever in their hearts.
Memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel with Rev. Patrick O'Brien officiating. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Baptist Heart Hospital https://giving.baptistjax.com/give/261865/#!/donation/checkout.
Through out my marriage to his daughter he was the most wonderful and supportive Father-InLaw anyone could of ever had. I will miss his laughter and his profound wisdom. Thanks John for being there in my life. I will miss you very much. God Bless.
- Mark Schaub, East Fallowfield , PA
There are no words to express this man called John Hutson he was many different things to many people, a good father a good papa loved his famil. I was lucky to share many years with him and I’m thankful for the time we shared Johnny. Johnny left mini little foot prints in a lot of peoples heart and he will not ever be forgotten thanks for the time you gave me
- Donna Hinkel, Jacksonville, FL
We are all indebted to Johnny as we travel over many waters. He supported his family and friends in a multitude of ways. With eternity in his heart , not only his works stand, but his love endures forever. With the miracle of the resurrection, soon Johnny will be reunited with his family. Jesus will call and he will COME OUT, of the grave as Lazarus did. He will call and Johnny will answer, Job 14:14. Not even death can keep him from God’s love. He will love serving Christ’s heavenly Kingdom government. Isaiah 9:6,7 what a blessing when there will be no more pain, sickness, or death. Rev 21:3,4 Please be comforted: JW.org. “Enjoy Life Forever”. Warm Christian Love, Sandy Wirfs
- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana
Mark,Ticia and Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your dad/pap pap. I know how much you all loved him and will miss him. Evan though I only met him a couple of times, I know he was a great man because of the kind and loving way you all spoke about him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Sharon
- Sharon Elzer, Charlevoix, Michigan
Praying for you all during this time of loss. I am thankful I had the pleasure of knowing the man known as “Pap Pap”. I will cherish all the memories that were shared with him. He may not be in our presence right now, but he is still very much alive shining down upon us.
- Tia Hahn, Peyton, Colorado