September 25, 1924 - December 12, 2017
James I Hutcherson was born on September 25, 1924 in Russellville, Arkansas. After attending Dardanelle High School, James joined the Army and entered Active Duty on October 17, 1944 and was sent to the Pacific Theatre. James saw combat operations in the Philippines and Luzon as U.S. Forces marched across the Pacific Islands to Japan and it’s surrender on September 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay. At the end of the War, James was promoted to First Sergeant and assigned as part of the rebuilding operations of Japan. He separated from active duty on November 23, 1946 and returned to Arkansas to attend college at Arkansas Tech and then on to Oklahoma A&M.
During school, James remained in the Army Reserves and on March 26, 1948 he proposed and married Bobbie Jean Owens. They have been together since that day … 69 years !!
On January 4, 1949, James was selected for Officer Training School and upon completion he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned as the 27th Infantry Regiment Unit Commander. He served in that capacity until October 25, 1949 and separated from the active duty but again remained in the active reserves. James returned to Oklahoma A&M to continue his education.
On June 12, 1951, James was called back to active duty to Combat Operations in Korea. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and served as one of the platoon leaders in the 25th Infantry Division. As the platoon leader, James was responsible for Recon Teams to search, locate, and destroy the enemy. James was Honorably Discharged on November 14, 1952.
During his military duties, James was decorated 13 times with 2 Bronze Stars, 3 Presidential Citations and awarded two Combat Infantryman Badges for enemy engagements. He also received Expert Marksmanship Badges in both pistol and rifle qualifications.
Upon returning from Korea, James worked for Safeway for 3 years. On April 22, 1955 James and Bobbie bought the C&H Grocery in Sickles, Oklahoma. They changed the store and station name to Hutcherson and Sons and ran the business for 37 years. They retired on October 2, 1992.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Edna Hutcherson, his sisters, Annette Hunter and Annalou Carothers, and his brother, Winnford Hutcherson.
He is survived by: His wife, Bobbie Hutcherson of Lookeba, OK, his sons, Randy Hutcherson of Lookeba, OK, Jerry Hutcherson and wife Semona of Mustang, OK, and Terry Hutcherson and wife Dee Dee of Houston, TX, seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services: Sickles Community Church, Saturday, 1:00 PM, December 16, 2017, Lookeba, OK
Officiating: Rev. Tom Clifton
Burial: Sickles Cemetery, Lookeba, OK
Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).