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Billy G. Hatchett

March 5, 1925 ~ December 18, 2018 (age 93)

Billy G. (Bill) Hatchett was born March 5, 1925 in Franklin County and passed from this life on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at the age of 93. He’s survived by his wife, Juanita Stratton Hatchett, his only child, Melinda Hatchett Huffman (Oren), one grandchild, Wesley Oren Huffman (Kristen) of Franklin, TN and one great grandchild, Kellan Oren Huffman, also of Franklin.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decherd for 57 years. He led singing, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School. He Loved his church family. He also sang in a Gospel Quartet with his brother Kenneth in the early 60s. Bill loved singing bass. A member of the Decherd Lions Club, Bill was named a Melvin Jones Fellow for “Dedicated Humanitarian Service” by the Lions Club International Foundation. He was also a Master Mason and member of the Decherd Masonic Lodge. He was one of four boys who was born in Maxwell and went to school in the one room Hatchett School house of the family name. At nine, the family moved to Keith’s Cove in Cowan. He worked the family farm with a set of mules. He finished high school and married Juanita Stratton from Huntland in 1948. They lived in Cowan where he started Hatchett Insurance. He was also Mayor of Cowan in the early fifties and the President of the Chamber of Commerce in its early days. After working as a supervisor at General Shoe in Cowan in the late 50s, Bill and Juanita moved to Decherd where he started work at the First National Bank of Franklin County in Decherd in 1957 that eventually became Dominion Bank. He was the Executive Vice President, Loan Officer, and a Member of the Board of Directors until he retired with the bank in 1990. He loved the bank and its staff and went in early every morning to raise the flag and stayed to lower it in the afternoons. When the bank outgrew the building in Decherd, they constructed what is now US Bank at the Decherd intersection. He had a private office there, but wanted a desk out in the lobby to see and say hello to everyone as they came in. Bill loved fishing and hunting as a younger man and spent many a night camping and fishing in Middle TN with the guys from Cowan.  He loved to go out to the Holland’s Stables every week to see them work their Tennessee Walking Horses. He once said, “If I had gone to college, I would have been a horticulturist.” He loved plants and enjoyed landscaping. Bill had a “green thumb”. Many years ago, he would go to Hatchett’s Plant House owned by his brother, and help him. He collected guns, coins, knives, stamps and wildlife prints. Juanita and Melinda share this: “Over the years and through present day, we cannot count the number of people who have stopped us and said, “If it hadn’t been for Bill Hatchett, I wouldn’t have been able to …. “buy my farm”, “get the truck I needed”, “start my business” ….... Those were the days when a person’s character was more important than a number. “In the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Bill Hatchett was a peacemaker.

 

 

 

 

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