Joseph Woodrow Luttrell age 97, born October 20, 1916, died Friday, April 18. His parents were Carl and Hattie Tarver Luttrell, Corryton, Knox County, TN. He married Gladys Carlton of Eagleville, TN, on Thanksgiving Day in 1941, and she predeceased him after 62 years of marriage. The death of his son, Joe Carlton Luttrell, at age 60 in December 2007 brought another deep void into his life.
Survivors are daughters Lisa (husband, Gayle M.) Crowe of Nashville, and Patsy Luttrell of Watertown, WI; daughter-in-law Wanda G. Webb, Brentwood; grandchildren Darren (Elisa Warford) Crowe, Woodland Hills, CA, and Lauren (Cliff) Cunningham, Madison, WI; great grandchildren Claire Morgan Cunningham and Sara Sue Warford-Crowe. Predeceased by sisters Mildred Mullins, Macel Simmons, and Brownie Pelton. Survived by brother, Houston (Roberta) Luttrell, Knoxville; his sister, Betty Zegel, Lake Stevens, WA; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
A 1938 alumnus of the University of Tennessee in dairy manufacturing, he served as editor of the Ag College magazine and was a member of the All Students Council and the Scarabbean Society. He intermittently served in the Air Force Reserve Corps in Greenland and Bermuda during WWII and worked in UT extension service from 1938 through 1946 in Davidson, Wayne, Perry, and Giles Counties. The highlight of his extension service was after the war in Rutherford County as 4-H Club Agent with club members winning college scholarships and trips to the National 4-H Club Congress and then as County Agent working in rural communities while being a member of the Lions Club in Murfreesboro. Luttrell assumed the role of Director of Information for Tennessee Farm Bureau in Columbia and later became Assistant to the President for seven years. At the West 7th Street Church of Christ there, he was active leading various activities for teens. In 1957, he became the Southern Region Field Representative for American Farm Bureau for one year before moving to the Chicago area to function for 18 years as the Director of Information and publisher of The American Farmer for the American Farm Bureau. He was the Director of Conventions and Meetings six years before his retirement in January 1982. For 21 years, he was an elder for the Church of Christ in West Chicago, IL.
He was a devout patriot, honored to be a member of the Sons of the Revolution. Camping, photography, fishing, antiquing, and going to garage sales were his hobbies. He and Gladys retired to his childhood home in Corryton, where they lived for 17 years. They moved to Lakeshore Meadows in the Bellevue section of Nashville in 2001.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 18, 2014 from 2:00 until the time of funeral services beginning at 4:00pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Gayle M. Crowe officiating. Burial will be 11:00am Monday at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Contributions in his memory may be sent to Agriculture in the Classroom, Tennessee Farm Bureau, Box 313, Columbia, TN, or to World Christian Broadcasting, 605 Bradley Ct., Franklin, TN 37067.