Joseph Henry Cutchin, Jr. ’39, of Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., died Oct. 7 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1918, in Nash County, N.C., he was the son of the late Joseph Henry and Mary Taylor Cutchin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Franks Cutchin, and a brother, Danford Edmondson Cutchin.
Cutchin served the Sherrill’s Ford community as a general practitioner of medicine from August 1953 until his retirement on April 1, 1998. He graduated from Duke Medical School in 1942 and received his undergraduate degree from Davidson. He was a past president and member of Catawba County Medical Society and a past delegate to N.C. Medical Society. He served as chief of staff of Catawba Memorial Hospital in 1968 and as staff secretary in 1967.
He was a member and past president of the N.C. Field Trial Association and N.C. Walking Horse Assoc., where he received Sportsman of the Year; a member of the Roanoke and Tar River Gun Club; and past winner of the U.S. Open Fox Hound Field Trial.
He was a member of Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell, N.C. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having served as a major in the 7th armored division under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Cutchin Parsley (James McNeill Archer Parsley); two sons, Joseph Henry “Jay” Cutchin III (Janine) and John Franks Cutchin ’72 (Jane), 7424 Windy Pine Cir., Denver, NC 28037-9363; grandchildren, Mary Jett Parsley Wrenn, Jalyn Parsley Wells ’95 (James Christopher Wells ’95), James Grant Parsley, Caitlin Basile Cutchin, Jennifer Erin Cutchin, and Joshua Ikerd Cutchin; and great-grandchildren, Jackson Christopher Wells, Avery Margaret Wells, Evelyn King Parsley, Jane Lenore Parsley, Emma Cosette Wrenn, Katie Abigail Wrenn, and Ian Thomas Wrenn.