Mary Lou Hutchins O’Quinn
April 1, 2014
Date of Service: April 5, 2014
Interment Location: Christus Garden
Mary Lou Hutchins O’Quinn, Elizabethton, completed her life on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A lifetime native of Elizabethton, she was born to John Richard and Myrtle Vena Nave Hutchins. In addition to her parents, and grandparents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Willard Paul Stout; a daughter, Julie Ann O’Quinn; a sister, Charlotte Lowe; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A graduate of Elizabethton High School, she attended Treveca University, in Nashville, where she majored in music and also Steed Business College, where she was in the Medical Secretary Program. She was a member of the Beta Alpha Chi Sorority. Mary Lou was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where she served as pianist. She also served as a pianist in other area churches. She was a member of the Elizabethton Community Handbell Choir for many years. She had served on the Board of Directors for the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club, the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club and the Christian Women’s Club of Johnson City. She was an employee of Tri-State Container Corporation for 15 years. She was the secretary at Central Elementary School for five years before becoming an administrative assistant at Tetrick Funeral Home from 1994 to her retirement in 2006, where she continued working part time until 2012.
Mary Lou loved life and most of all she loved playing the piano. Among all the different functions she played for, her most special memory was playing for the Ambassador of Austria when he visited Johnson City; also, many dinner parties for Beaunit Corporation, Kiwanis and Civitan clubs. Music was always a very important part of her life, beginning in her childhood. She enjoyed teaching piano for several years…but most important was her faith in God. She loved being a mother, grandmother, a great-grandmother and friend. She dearly loved spending time with her family, her friends and her church family.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Stout Turley, Elizabethton and Teri Neil and husband Dave, Johnson City; a son, Andy O’Quinn and wife Chasity, Alcoa, Tenn.; four grandsons, Adam Turley, Bowling Green, Ky., Chase M. Turley, Elizabethton, Jack O’Quinn and Grant O’Quinn, both of Alcoa; one great-grandson, Jackson Parker, Bowling Green, Ky.; two step-granddaughters, Jessica Genet and husband Michael, and Laura Smith and husband Tim, and her children, Eden, Kiefer, Brighten and Caylee, all of Denton, Texas; and special friends, Ray O’Quinn, Nell Jenkins, Norma Tetrick, Martha Epperson, Vickie Cole and Lanelle Crockett. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A celebration and remembrance service for Mary Lou Hutchins O’Quinn will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Travis Biller, Rev. Tim Tapp and Mr. John Smith, minister, officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, prior to the service. Friends may call at her residence at anytime. Interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Adam Turley, Chase Turley, Ray O’Quinn, Dale Shook, Joe Davis and Richie Burrow. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard and Norma Tetrick, Harold and Bonnie Stout, Harold and Peggy Lingerfelt, Clyde and Nell Jenkins, Martha and Lanny Epperson, Ralph and Macel Gardner, Walter Hall, Chris Shields, Bill and Nina Campbell, Ronnie Brookshire, Gary and Sonya Rice, Herman and Brenda Hood, Brian and Carol Wilson, John and Mary Smith, Art Webb, employees of Heritage Family Funeral Services, members of Immanuel Baptist Church, The Community Handbell Choir, East River Park Christian Church and West Side Christian Church and special friends of Tetrick Funeral Home. Those who prefer, in lieu of flowers, may make memorial gifts to Immanuel Baptist Church, 205 Hunter Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the O’Quinn family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917. (423) 610-7171, is proudly serving the Anderson family.