Sara “Sunny” Harris Hutchinson ’97

Sara "Sunny" Harris Hutchinson '97Sara Harris Hutchinson, 43, of Charlotte, beloved wife of Wen and devoted mother to Cameron, Wills, and Sara, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 19, 2018.

She was born on December 30, 1974, the daughter of Deborah Small Harris and John William Harris II. She graduated from Charlotte Latin School and Davidson College and had a deep love for both of her alma maters.

Affectionately known and nicknamed “Sunny,” she was a beam of light from the day she was born. Her radiant and magnetic personality drew people to her and put smiles on their faces. Sunny, at her core, was a connector of people, effortlessly engaging individuals, regardless of their age or life circumstances. Her deep generosity of spirit was contagious, and her life was defined by caring for and loving others. Sunny was devoted to her family and friends with unconditional love.

Those closest to her describe her as vibrant, generous, inclusive, compassionate, trustworthy, loyal and thoughtful. Her guiding and enduring faith in God gave her strength and made every day a joyful adventure.

A true love story, Sunny and Wen met sixteen years ago in Atlanta. Because of their mutual adoration and respect, their relationship has been an inspiration to all. Sunny and Wen rarely left one another’s side. Her greatest joy was being with her family, no matter what the activity.

Sunny was a faithful and adoring mother, whether cheering for her children on the sidelines or spending time snuggled on the couch together at home. She was a loving daughter and sister, cherished her relationship with her parents and siblings, and was a fiercely loyal friend to all.

Sunny loved life, living it to the fullest every day and imparting her sunshine to all those around. She loved music, dancing, travel, golf tournaments, Panthers’ games, and back porch conversations. She was a servant leader and a quiet motivator among her circle of friends as well as her community that she loved so dearly. To know her was a gift and to have been loved by Sunny was a blessing.

In addition to her parents, Sunny is survived by her husband, William Owens Lewis Hutchinson, “Wen”; children, Cameron, Wills, and Sara; sister, Winslow Morrison Harris, “Windy”; brother, John William Harris III, “Johno” and his wife, Anna Dings Harris; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Roseberry Hutchinson; brothers-in-law, John Guiher Hutchinson (Kaki), James Kay Thomas Payne (Deidra), Andrew Allemong Payne (Mary); as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte with Rev. Joe Clifford and Rev. Leighton Ford officiating. Family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall.

Those who wish may make memorials to the The Levine Children’s Hospital c/o Carolina Healthcare Foundation or Charlotte Latin School.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 22, 2018