Grover C. Tutwiler Jr., 78, known to family and close friends as “G.C.,” passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Carriage Hill Rehab and Nursing Center.
He was the beloved husband for over 27 years of Linda Storck Tutwiler.
G.C. was born in Culpeper to the late Grover C. and Pearl Jackson Tutwiler. He retired from Rental Uniform Service with 35 years’ service, having spent most of those years as service supervisor. G.C. was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Falmouth Baptist Church.
G.C. was a compassionate, loving and happy man, starting every day looking for joy. He was known for his outgoing personality and zest for life; he was hardworking, trustworthy, fair, never ever angry, his father’s son and proud of it. It was often said he would enter a room and everyone would stop what they were doing to speak with him. G.C. never met a stranger, and everyone was his friend.
G.C. was quite the handyman around the house-he could do electrical work completely wire a house, plumbing work to include remodeling a bathroom and work on small engines to include disassembling and putting it back together. G.C.’s favorite activity was riding his 1948 Farmall Cub tractor while working in the woods at home.
Alzheimer’s disease can and does erode the dignity of life, but it cannot erase a life. Those things G.C. accomplished during his vigor and vibrancy are not cancelled or even diminished by the failings brought on by Alzheimer’s disease. His love of life and people was evident even in his final days. G.C. was richly loved and will be truly missed.
G.C. was preceded in death by his previous wife of 30 years, Thelda Sutton Tutwiler, who passed away after 17 years of battling M.S. G.C. took care of her at home during her entire illness.
G.C. and Linda would like to extend a special appreciation to Beulah Burgess for all her help and support during his illness. Also, we appreciate the compassionate care provided by Dr. Wayland Marks, the nurses and CNAs on Memory Lane and the C-Wing at Carriage Hill Rehab and Nursing Center, and Mary Washington Hospital Hospice.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Leslie A. Powers officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be C.C. Curtis, Denny Greenawalt, Gary Payne, Ellis Adair, Linwood Bourne and Stan Burton.