Originally created 04/16/04

Man always stayed active



Miller Francis Hutto was always quietly busy, even up to the end. He died Sunday at the age of 91.

"He was always doing something," said his son Weems Hutto, of Flower Mound, Texas. "He could always find something to do."

Services for Mr. Hutto will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. John United Methodist Church, where Mr. Hutto was a member of the Henry Bible Class.

A lifelong resident of Augusta, Mr. Hutto was a partner in Lucky, Hutto and Schueler Real Estate, which was co-founded by his father, Weems Hutto said. He was a past president of the Augusta Board of Realtors.

But he also had a great love for the outdoors and for hunting, shooting and traveling, his family said.

Every dove season, he would fill the freezer, and he also hunted deer.

He was a competition shooter who attained the rank of expert in some events.

He was also skilled at woodworking, making his own cabinets and living room furniture, said his son Frank Hutto, of Augusta.

"I think he's always been talented," he said. "He's just always had a knack for it."

In their recreational vehicle, Mr. Hutto and his late wife, Helen Smith Hutto, would set out for long, leisurely trips across the country with a grandson in tow, camping and fishing along the way.

"Time was kind of slow," said grandson Jason Hutto, of Belvedere. "We'd sit around and fish, and he'd tell me stories. They were into seeing stuff along the way."

Mr. Hutto walked religiously every day and had taken his walk on the day he died, active until the end.

"I would walk with him on weekends, I would be amazed at how many people waved at him and recognized him," Frank Hutto said.

He is also survived by his sister, Eugenia H. Kneller, of Augusta; another grandson, Jeffrey S. Hutto; and three great-grandchildren.

Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.