Billy Ray was born June 14, 1935 in the Dykersburg community. He was the youngest child born to Walter Ray and Eva (Arnold) Hutson.
On November 26, 1955, Billy Ray was united in marriage to Murl Dean Niblock in the Dykersburg community. She preceded him in death on April 29, 2018.
Survivors include: their children – Nancy R. (Jim) Eaton of Benton, Wesley Ward (Meredith) Hutson of Stonefort, and Rev. Mark Allen (Tammy) Hutson of Pittsburg; 5 grandchildren – D.J. (Christine) Eaton, Chad (Jessica) Eaton, Nicole (Jonathan) Lintner, Dylan (Cashmere) Hutson, Lane (Brooke Arnold) Hutson; 6 great grandchildren – Ryan Eaton, Matthew Eaton, Isabella Eaton, Tyler Lintner, Levi Lintner, and Taytum Hutson; 2 sisters-in-law – Wanda (Chuck) Kunsman of Melrose Park and Betty (the late Sonny) Miller of Plano along with their families whom Billy Ray cherished; a nephew – Robert Burns of the Dykersburg community; and a dear friend – Trent “Slim” Duncan who Billy Ray thought of as another son.
In addition to his parents and wife, Billy Ray was preceded in death by: a brother – Clarence Hutson, a sister – Margrete Burns; and a brother-in-law – Carson Niblock.
Billy Ray was a 1954 graduate of Crab Orchard High School. He was employed as an equipment operator by Reynolds Metals (later Alcoa) as well as Illinois (later Midwest) Electric Company in Marion. He retired in 1987. Billy Ray was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Billy Ray was a member of Indian Camp Missionary Baptist Church located in the Dykersburg community. He had also served as a church deacon for many years.
In his spare time, Billy Ray enjoyed sitting in his yard watching the hummingbirds. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan.
A service honoring the life of Billy Ray Hutson will be held Thursday afternoon, August 9, 2018, at 1 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Rev. Mark Hutson and Rev. Trent Duncan will officiate. Burial will be in the Cypress Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 11 AM – 1 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.