Truman Wayne Hutson, born September 30, 1927, in Goodnight, Texas, departed this life on July 30, 2016, to be with his dear wife, Polly, and with those friends and family whom they so dearly love and had gone on before them. Even in his later years, as age starting taking a toll on his body, he was ever so alert with a lot of wisdom and stories to share. He remained as active as he could in his church, even having attended the church service just a few days before his passing. An example of friendliness, integrity, a solid work ethic, determination, leadership, and strength, he continuously tried to be a positive influence on everyone that he met and encouraged all to be the best that they could be. Even in his 80's, he was never hesitant to take on a task to help others.
He loved the people in his local congregation at First United Methodist Church in Edmond, Okla.., and was the founder of the ministry group for senior citizens at the church, the "Senior Connection," but gave the credit to his committee for its success, another demonstration of humility on his part. When he resigned as chairman of the committee, it was so that he could devote his full time to his beloved Polly and be her caregiver and support through her battle with cancer before she passed in November, 2015. Even after he broke his hip and had to spend a brief time in rehabilitation and assisted living, he always had a welcome smile for others, encouraging them to be positive and enjoy life with the phrase, "Have you had a good adventure today? If not, then you need to have one." Even in death, he wanted to help others by donating his body for scientific research.
Wayne spent his childhood in Borger, Texas, where he was affectionately referred to as "Little Red" due to his red hair, and then attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he met Polly and was married a year later. It was a marriage to last over 66 years. He loved his Texas Longhorns and was most likely to be seen around town wearing a burnt orange shirt with the longhorn emblazoned on it and discussing sports whenever he had the opportunity. He was in the lumber and construction business and was active in the state and national lumbermen's association during his career. He lived in Edmond, Oklahoma for 38 years, after having lived in Amarillo and Perryton, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Toye Hutson; by his foster parents, Walter and Lulu Harding; his brother, Edwin Hutson; and a son, Rick Stephen Hutson.
He is survived by son, Gregg Hutson and wife, Carmen; son, Stacy Hutson and wife, Marsha; daughter, Marta Stine and husband, Rick; son, Rigg Hutson; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial service for Wayne will be 3 p.m. Saturday, August 6, at First United Methodist Church in Edmond. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Edmond, or Skyline Urban Ministry in Oklahoma City.
Published on August 2, 2016