Warren H. Hatcher, 66, a resident of Benton, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, in a local hospital.
He moved with his family from Sevierville when they organized their business, Riverside Dairy Farm in Benton. He started with one Holstein heifer as an FFA project and grew his dairy herd into a registered herd of 1,200 cattle. He was a kind and gentle man with a tender heart. He was a true steward of the soil and his love for farming was one of his most enduring qualities.
He was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, McKinley L. Hatcher; brother, Don E. Hatcher; and grandparents: William Robert and Bertha Hatcher and Frank and Una Cooper.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 49 years, Linda Hatcher; children: Shane and Angie Hatcher and their children, Nicholas and Sarah; Mac and Olivia Hatcher and their children, Riley and Skylar; special nephew, Carl “Hoss” and Renee Maples; mother, Dorothy Hatcher; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Jim Guy; sister-in-law, Candy Hatcher; and brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Glenda Hatcher; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Joel Jenkins and Pastor Jerry Campbell officiating.
Interment will follow in Benton Memorial Gardens with Jim Guy, Jimmy Headrick, Steve Headrick, Rex Cooper, Robby Hatcher, David Offutt, Steve Lofty and Randy Yates serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials be made in his memory to Beech Springs Baptist Church Mission Fund, P.O. Box 160, Old Fort TN 37362 or the Memorial Health Care System Foundation designated to “Cardiac Services,” 2525 DeSales Avenue, Chattanooga TN 37304.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Hatcher family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.