COLUMBUS — Dr. Wiley C. Hutchins, age 88, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, at his home.
Graveside services were Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at Friendship Cemetery.
Born on Sept. 19, 1931, in Charleston, Mississippi, to Harold Hammond Hutchins and Eleanor Robinson Hutchins, Wiley graduated from Charleston High School in 1949.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant. For most of his service, he was stationed at Nouasseur Air Base in Casablanca, French Morocco, North Africa.
He received his medical degree in 1960 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson. He continued his medical training in Memphis, first as an intern at the City of Memphis Hospital and then as a general surgery resident at the Kennedy VA Hospital. He completed his training with a three-year fellowship in orthopaedic surgery at The Campbell Foundation. He remained at the Campbell Clinic first as a member of the staff and subsequently as a partner. He served as orthopaedic consultant to the Memphis State University Athletic teams and to the Liberty Bowl.
In 1977, he founded the Columbus Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. Soon thereafter, he became the team orthopaedist for the Mississippi State University athletic teams. He retired from the practice of medicine in 1996.
He was a member of the Church of Christ, but most recently attended First United Methodist Church in Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Janice Morris Hutchins, and his son, Jeffrey Stovall Hutchins.
He is survived by three children, W. Carter Hutchins Jr., Lauren J. Hutchins and Leslie Hutchins Kennedy, all of Columbus; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to The Good Samaritan Medical Clinic, P.O. Box 661, Columbus, MS 39703; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the charity of your choice.