William Ralph Hutchins, III

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 12, 1947

Departed on January 15, 2017 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Will Hutchins died peacefully Sunday, January 15, 2017 at home surrounded by family.

He was born in Atlanta, GA, the son of Ralph and Mary Lou Hutchins. He graduated from Clarkston High School in 1965, and received a Master’s in Divinity from Vanderbilt University in 1972.

Will had been a psychotherapist in private practice for almost 40 years. He was a pioneer in the field of alcohol and drug treatment in Nashville, and was an original staff member at Rap House, a crisis counseling center, which later became the Oasis Center. He worked with the late Scott Peck, conducting national community-building seminars. He also taught Tai Chi and QiGong classes. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Brenda J Hutchins; his two sons, Matthew (Cindy) of Asheville, NC and Timothy (Yuki) Poland of Denver, CO; grandson, Brooks W Hutchins; sister, Jane Hutchins of Tucker, GA.; in-laws Keith and Carolyn Carr, and Robert and Jan Merow of Morgantown, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue or the Nashville Humane Association. A private memorial service for family and close friends is being planned.


9 Comments to William Ralph Hutchins, III

  1. Lynne Shores
    January 17, 2017 9:03 am

    Dear BJ,
    I am so sorry to learn of Will’s death this morning. I continue to pray for the sweet comfort of Jesus for you during this time. Please let me know as there is anything I can do to help.
    Love, Lynne Shores

  2. Linda Wofford
    January 17, 2017 10:02 am

    Dear BJ,
    I am praying for you during this challenging time. So glad Tim is able to stay with you. I have found comfort in the thought that grief is happiness remembered. Perhaps the thought will be helpful to you, too.
    Linda Wofford

  3. Sarah Hytowitz
    January 17, 2017 10:21 am

    Jane , Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Allan and Sarah Gail.

  4. Lisa Patterson
    January 17, 2017 2:54 pm

    Jane and family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Lisa and Joe Patterson

  5. Sabrina Sullenberger
    January 18, 2017 12:07 am

    BJ, I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

    Sabrina Sullenberger

  6. Elizabeth Morse
    January 18, 2017 12:31 am

    “Life is but a Weaving” (the Tapestry Poem)

    “My life is but a weaving
    Between my God and me.
    I cannot choose the colors
    He weaveth steadily.

    Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
    And I in foolish pride
    Forget He sees the upper
    And I the underside.

    Not ’til the loom is silent
    And the shuttles cease to fly
    Will God unroll the canvas
    And reveal the reason why.

    The dark threads are as needful
    In the weaver’s skillful hand
    As the threads of gold and silver
    In the pattern He has planned

    He knows, He loves, He cares;
    Nothing this truth can dim.
    He gives the very best to those
    Who leave the choice to Him.”

    ― Corrie ten Boom

    Love to you, dear BJ. Your strength, grace, and love for Will are an eternal inspiration to me.

  7. Stephen and Annita D'Amico
    January 18, 2017 10:58 am

    Our hearts hurt with you. I know that Will leaves his own legacy of impact with all the individuals he taught and worked with. In the continuum of time his life lives on through that impact. When my sister passed away much too young I found comfort in 1 Thessalonians 4 where Paul shares that though we as believers grieve we do not grieve like the world grieves because we have the promise that we will see our loved ones again. And in death we are each present with Christ. Christ has already wrestled with death and won with life. Now comes times for you to rest in the loving arms of your family and community. We love and appreciate you BJ.

  8. Larry K. Davis
    January 18, 2017 2:09 pm

    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We missed him at our 50th Class Reunion Clarkston High. I remember him well as a classmate. Until we meet again …. Celebrate your new life with 18 of our other classmates!

  9. Marianne Koon-Friel
    January 18, 2017 10:31 pm

    Dear Brenda, Carolyn, Jan and Families…..my heart felt prayers are with you during this time of sadness. May the Lord be with you all as you honor and celebrate his life. Memories become more priceless and treasured. May God grant you all peace over the days, weeks and months ahead. He accomplished much….he will be remembered by many…he will be loved forever. God Bless You All.

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