Frank Hutto filed his last flight plan Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, and went to be with his Lord and Savior, to receive the glorified body he often talked about.
He was born Dec. 5, 1933, to Pete and Carrie Hutto in Barnwell County and spent his early life in Elko. He graduated from Williston-Elko High School in 1952. He was married on Dec. 23, 1953, to Lois Smith Hutto
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sylvia; his parents; two sisters, Evelyn and Daisy; and two brothers, William and Marion.
Frank's 40 year career as a pilot began at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City in 1953 where he was an engine specialist on C-124 Aircraft in the Triple S squadron. During his last year in the Air Force he used his days off to work at a small crop dusting airfield on Swan Lake Road in Bossier City getting the experience to pass an FAA test and get his A&P Mechanics license.
After his military service in 1957 he worked at the Downtown Airport for Southern Aviation as a mechanic and used his G.I. Bill to take flying lessons at Joel Fishers Flight School. After receiving his commercial pilot's license he flew for Superior Iron Works and the Poindexter family. In 1964 Frank began flying as a co-pilot for Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Phillips offered him the opportunity to fly larger aircraft and introduced him to jets. He took his first jet training at Flight Safety in New Jersey. While he flew for Phillips he passed his FAA tests for Multiengine and Airline Transport Pilot License. Frank left Phillips in 1970 to fly Jet-Commanders at Gulf States Paper Co. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Frank came back to Shreveport as Chief Pilot for P&O Falco in 1979 and was there until the company sold. When he wasn't flying, he spent time with his family on beautiful Lake Tuscaloosa teaching his sons to water ski and trying to teach his wife to fish for bass, relaxing in his RV on Caddo Lake and flying Ultra lights at Gold Point.
As a corporate pilot Frank logged over 12,000 hours. He met and flew some very interesting people, among them three who would become presidents - Ford, Reagan, and Bush. Others included Mrs. Eisenhower and her uncle, Elizabeth Taylor, General Bradley, and too many Astronauts, Senators, Congressmen, and Governors to be named. He was fortunate to view three Apollo flight take-offs as well.
He is survived by Lois, his wife of 60 years; son, John and daughter-in law Judi of Florence, Ala., Jimmy of Lakewood Colo., and daughter-in-law Lisa Sigrest of Shreveport, La.; four grandchildren, Katie Hutto of Jacksonville, Fla., Cameron Hutto of Lakewood, Colo., Josh Kneipp of Sierra Vista, Az., and Courtney Kneipp of Denver, Colo.; his sister-in-Law, Ellen Hutto of Pickens; and four nieces, Mary Ann Vaughn, Linda Aiken, Dianne Camp and Barbara Blume, all of South Carolina.
The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at NW LA Veterans Home for their amazing care, love and support during Frank's time there.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Jan. 23, at Ellerbe Road United Methodist Church followed by lunch. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M. Honorary pallbearers are Marion Whidden, Homer Matlock, Sherman Corn, Eugene Whidden, Mark Johnson, Art McBride, Bill Bell, Jeffrey Dumas, and Members of the Quiet Birdman organization.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to: NW LA Veterans Home 3130 Arthur Ray Teague Pkwy, Bossier City. La. 71112 or Ellerbe Road United Methodist Church, 10130 Ellerbe Church Road, Shreveport, La. 71106.
The People-Sentinel 1/22/14
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