Obituary for James A 'Jim' Hatchett

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James A 'Jim' Hatchett

December 4, 1916 - March 13, 2012

James A. 'Jim' Hatchett passed away in his 95th year on Tuesday morning, March 13, 2012 at the Franklin United Methodist Community. He was a long-time resident of Morgantown.

Jim was born December 4, 1916 in Morgantown to the late Otis B. and Glenna E. (Mosburg) Hatchett. He was a 1934 graduate of Morgantown High School and went on to graduate with honors in 1939 with a B.A. Degree from Indiana University. During his junior year he made the Dean's List and was elected to the Phi Delta Kappa Men's National Education Society. With earning his teaching degree's in Social Studies and Mathematics, Jim went on to teach at Pekin Consolidated Schools in Indiana from 1941 to 1943 and then at Oak Ridge High School in Tennessee from 1943 to 1946. While in Oak Ridge, Jim was a Sunday school teacher and a Boy Scout Leader. From 1947 to 1956, he worked as the Assistant to the General Manager at the Faucett – Umphrey Corp. inMorgantownand also held the position of the Morgantown Town Clerk from 1955 to 1957. Finally, in December of 1981, Jim retired as a Statistician and a Field Examiner for the Indiana State Board of Accounts after 22 years of service.

After retirement, Jim enjoyed tutoring High School dropouts to help them achieve their General Education Diplomas. He was a very passionate artist who studied & traveled all around the United States painting different landscapes with oil paintings. Jim also enjoyed working with leaded stained glass and was a profound reader of history.

Having never married, Jim was very close to his family. He is survived by his sister: Faye Yount of Burnsville, MN; one brother: William H. (wife, Marianne) Hatchett of Franklin and a niece: Rebecca (husband, Richard) Ritter of Huffman, TX; two nephews: Mark Yount of Burnsville, MN& Gary Yount of Scottsdale, AZ and a cousin: Judith (husband, John) Waggoner of Franklin.

Jim was preceded in death by a brother in law: Woodrow Yount.

The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a memorial service 2 pm Monday April 2nd at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from1 pm until service time on Monday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jim to the Donor's favorite charity.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Hatchett family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: December 4, 1916
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sharon platt kain posted on 1/1/00

I was so sorry to read of Jim's passing. My mother, Elizabeth Woods Platt graduated from high school with him and always talked about him being the smartest one in her class. He was always at the Morgantown school reunion and I always made a poiint to talk to him and he seemed to always enjoy our conversations. He was a very special man.


Angie and Chris Ludwig posted on 1/1/00

We will all miss Uncle Jim very much. He always had a smile on his face and loved to share his wonderful stories. We will cherish his paintings and antiques he gave us. Most of all we will cherish our memories of him. We were all blessed to have him in our lives. We wish we could be there with you today Grandpa and Grandma. We love you!! Angie, Chris, Ashley, & Jake


Kaye Newkirk posted on 1/1/00

Faye & family, We are sorry to learn of Jimmy's passing. Jimmy, you and mother, Gretchen Miller Roberts Case, have been friends for years and she has mentioned often the good times she would have when she came to your house. I think the last time we saw Jimmy was at the Bethlehem Homecoming a few years ago. Recently he and mother exchanged letters & Christmas cards. She is in assisted living here in Rushville. Jimmy was such a nice person.