Willard Wilson Hatton, 78, of Taylorsville, passed away in Carolina Caring on Friday, April 23, 2020 following a period of declining health.
Born November 1, 1941, in Alexander County, to the late Thomas Wilson and Beatrice Eda Pennell Hatton, he was of the Baptist faith. Employed by Tom Fortner Logging and Raymond Childers Lumber, he had worked in the lumber industry as a career. He was a devoted gardener, and an even more devoted fan of his grandchildren’s ball teams.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by an infant sister, Edna; three brothers, Tommy, Larry and Jimmy Hatton; a nephew, James Hatton; and a niece, Tammy Dawn Hatton.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Carol Walker Hatton of the home. Willard has three children, daughters, April Johnson (Eddie) of Hiddenite, and Kim Bishop (Mark) of Taylorsville; and a son, David Hatton and special friend Laura Tedder of Taylorsville. Five grandchildren fondly remember him, Derrick Hatton (Keri) of Taylorsville, Kassie Hatton Clawson (Dillon) of Silva, Avery and Rachel Bishop, both of Taylorsville, and Zoe Johnson of Hiddenite. He also has two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Briar Hatton, both of Taylorville. Mr. Hatton has two brothers surviving, Herman (Geraldine) and Don (Louise) Hatton, all of Taylorsville. Two sisters-in-law remember him, Linda Hatton and Pearl Hatton, both of Taylorsville, along with a number of nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Hospice of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.