Lewis Bryan Hutcheson

Lewis Bryan Hutcheson passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on March 12, 2013. Bryan was born on Oct. 3, 1935, in Birmingham, Ala.

 He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Kay; daughter, Vicki Angela Lynn of Houston, Texas; daughter, Carol Ann Buckner and son-in-law Ross Buckner of Houston.

Bryan was "Pepop" to his six grandchildren, Hutch Hagendorf, Haley Hagendorf, Garett Hagendorf, Madison Buckner, Kelly Buckner and Amanda Buckner. He is also survived by his two best Bichon buddies, "Grits and Biscuit." Other survivors include Bryan's brothers-in-law, Rick King (Robbie) and Keith King (Shannon); nephew, Kyle King; and niece, Rachel King of Houston. Bryan is also survived by his nephews, Shelby Hutcheson (Michaela) and Yancey Hutcheson (Jennifer); niece, Summer Lee Hutcheson; and nephew, Brody Hutcheson of Montgomery Ala.; as well as numerous other relatives and many friends.

Bryan was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Bertha Hutcheson, and his brother, John M. Hutcheson.

Bryan was a graduate of Birmingham Southern University and went on to receive his master's degree in geology at Emory University. He began his oil and gas career with Amoco in Lafayette, La., and later relocated to Houston, where he founded Solatex Petroleum Company. He operated Solatex until his retirement in 1996.

He and Kay then moved to Destin, Fla.

Bryan was a Lifetime Director of the 100 Club of Houston, as well as a Lifetime Director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Over the years, he was active in many other charitable organizations. Bryan was Baptist by faith.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 16 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel, 113 Racetrack Road N.E. In Fort Walton Beach. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., Graveside services will follow at the Destin Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Bryan can be made to Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd., Destin, FL 32541 or Alaqua Animal Refuge, 914 Whitfield Road, Freeport, FL, 32439.