Dr. Frank McCutcheon, Jr.

dr. frank mccutcheon, jr.
Dr. Frank Buddy McCutcheon, Jr., 64, died Friday, July 15, 2016. Dr. McCutcheon was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Frank Noah McCutcheon and Bette Mae Bacchus McCutcheon. Dr. McCutcheon was a practicing cosmetic surgeon for over 32 years. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1978 with completed residencies in Arkansas and at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. He loved music and was a talented musician who played multiple instruments. He also was a Civil War and U.S. History buff. He loved his family, he loved life and he loved his patients, fellow colleagues and doctors and will be missed by all. Surviving Dr. McCutcheon are his wife, Brenda Kay Parker McCutcheon; three brothers, John McCutcheon and his wife, Jackie, Richard McCutcheon and Marc McCutcheon; a sister, Missy Milton and her husband, Michael all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; two sister-in-laws, Amy Duncan and her husband Tim and their daughter, Agnes of Memphis, TN and Julie Nelson of Memphis, TN; A memorial service will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas at a date not yet determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, P.O. Box, 8195, Asheville, NC 28814. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting with the family.

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  1. Dear Brenda,
    I so sorry to hear of Buddy’s passing. You and Buddy were such a pleasure to work with through the years. You were always kind and fun to be around. My heart breaks for you and your family . You are in out thoughts and prayers and If Chris or I can do anything for you please let us know.
    Roger Morgan

  2. Dear Brenda,
    I am devastated about Dr. McCuthen’s death. He was such a kind man and wonderful Doctor. I saw him many times for skin cancer removals. Ironically, I had another biopsy last week and very likely will need surgery again. I cannot comprehend that I cannot go to him. You werebvery sweet and kind to me in his office. I am so glad that I learned that you were his wife. I enjoyed so much talking to him about Celtic music and his playing the bag pipes. I loved seeing your wedding picture with him in his kilt. My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Brenda,

    I was so shocked to hear what happened to Buddy. There are no words. Please know that you, and Cathy and Sabrina, are in my thoights and prayers. I will miss having an excuse to drop in and see the three of you. Please take care of yourself. Much love, Deborah.

  4. Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was a patient of yours and will always remember the kindnesses shown to me and your friendly face. My husband passed away May of 2015. It is my ministry to pray for widows and you are now added to my list and make number 19 since his passing.

    Call me anytime. My home number is (828) 424-7422. I understand your loss. With sincere love,

  5. Very saddened to hear about Dr Mccutcheon. He was a wonderful surgeon and I felt very comfortable in his hands. He took such pride in his work and loved his patients. Brenda, Cathy, and Sabrina you are in my thoughts during this time.

  6. Dear Brenda and staff, I was so shocked and saddened when I heard about Dr. McCutheon. I trusted him implicitly with the cosmetic surgery I had. It was very nice and comfortable coming to your office, and I’m very sad I won’t be seeing all of you at my appointment next week. I hope you and your family can find peace during this very difficult time.

  7. Dear Brenda,
    I am so sorry to hear about your husband, I remember the two of you long ago at UAMS. He was at Baptist doing a surgery rotation and suggested I apply for a job on 2A , you had just been given the head nurse position on that floor. I worked there for one year part-time. I have fond memories of the two of you, those were the days of our youth! To hear of his passing makes me so sad . . .

  8. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. McCutcheon’s death. I spent time in surgery with him as an RN. I always enjoyed conversations with him as they were always very educational,informative, interesting, and entertaining. We listened to alot of Irish music and discussed anything Irish. His skill as a Surgeon was impeccable as the pride he took in his profession. I always enjoyed working with him. What a great loss to our community. My condolences to his co-workers.family, and friends. Many thoughts are with you. Karen Rice

  9. Dear Brenda and Family

    Dr. McCutcheon was a phenomenal plastic surgeon. He was patient and kind during all stages of my melanoma surgery. Everyone in his office was helpful and supportive. My heart goes out to his family. Wishing you Peace, Love and Serenity. Phyllis Perkins

  10. Dearest Brenda,
    Our hearts go out to you as you are living through this difficult time. We will always remember Buddy as a kind, gentle and sweet guy with a kind, gentle and sweet wife to match. We are all thinking about you and sending you lots of healing thoughts and wishes as you negotiate your life through these troubled waters. All the best to you now and always.

  11. Brenda, I’m so sorry for you and your family that you are going through this…Dr. McCutcheon was one of the most wonderful, kindest, most talented people I have ever met and I feel so lucky to have met him, you and Sabrina. I will always smile and think of him as the Bob Ross of the medical world.

  12. Dear Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you will find strength in God’s peace and comfort. Sincerest condolences to you and the McCutcheon family.

  13. Brenda, I am in disbelief ! Dr. M was the best. You know how much I loved you and your staff. Well… I’ll tell ya again… You guys were/are the best and I was really sad to move out of the state and not be able to see you all at least once a month. I’m praying for all of you ( and especially you). I wish there was more I can do but know you are in my thoughts and prayers daily . Love you all

  14. Such a heartbreaking loss. Words cannot express. My prayers are with you all. May the Lord give you peace. Linda Nickle.

  15. Disbelief and sadness, so, so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss, may God Bless.

  16. Had the great fortune to spend time with Buddy as a result of my friendship with Dick McCutcheon (Clutch). Knew him to be a man of great wit and knowledge. He was the type of man who strived for truth and by extension made the world a better place. The world was a richer place with Buddy in it! His absence is palpable. The world is now a lesser place. God bless the McCutcheon family as the deal with this horrific tragedy!

  17. Brenda, We are keeping you in our thoughts and hearts during this difficult time. Sincerest condolences to you and the McCutcheon family.

  18. Our thoughts a prayers to the McCutchoen family. Loss of loved ones is never easy, but rejoicing in knowing of great reunion in Heaven one day you will see him and many others again.
    Much Love,
    Dewayne & Debby Clifton

  19. Dear Brenda,

    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other but I wanted to send my condolences. I just saw the obit and was saddened for you. You’re in my thoughts, Pam

  20. Deepest sympathy Brenda, my dear old friend. My heart is broken for you, and for Marc, Dick, John and Missy. Come visit when you are able. We will tell our tales of the days when you two were falling in love.

  21. Deepest sympathy to the family in their sorrow. Buddy was a life long friend of the Lunsford family. We will miss him so much.

  22. Brenda we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts break for the sorrow you must be going through at this time. I wish there were something we could do to help you the way you always helped us. It was always uplifting when you came to our home in Spruce Pine. Just know you and your family are in our continuing prayers.

  23. I am so shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Buddy’s passing. He was such a wonderful man! My heart is broken for this family! Love and prayers for all the McCutcheon family.

  24. Oh, Brenda, my heart is broken! I too am remembering our dear friendship and the early days of ‘Brenda and Buddy’: the beautiful and charming wedding at the park, how y’all always kept treats for John Henry, my Bassett Hound, (especially Bologna)! I have missed you over the years! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love you, Judy

  25. So very sorry to hear of Buddy’s passing. Prayers for peace to each of you in your time of sorrow.

  26. Brenda, I’m so saddened by this tragic news. Dr. McCutcheon was not only a wonderful surgeon, but a truly nice, kind and gentle man. I know he will be missed by so many of his patients and friends in Asheville. My heart goes out to you, Cathy and Sabrina and I’m here if you need anything at all.

  27. Brenda, I knew Buddy in the early 70’s, played with him in my favorite band ever: Rodeo. I have a love of his spirit I will carry with me all my days.

  28. There are no words that can comfort you or the family right now. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a great Dr. and a kind man. I enjoyed working with him. He will be missed. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers . I pray that God will give you comfort during this time. JQ Ruple

  29. I had the honor of reenacting with Buddy when I was in grade school through college. My heart breaks for your family. I live here in Fayetteville now and would like to pay my respects if possible.

  30. I will miss Buddy as a fellow Civil War Reenacting musician and a kind and generous physician. I wish I had some magic words to ease his loss … just know that I care.

  31. One of the most gentle souls I have ever had the absolute honor and pleasure of calling friend. I stood beside him at Bride Park in Ireland. Marched many miles with him across Civil War landscapes. Kicked back in camp to hear his banjo and fiddle carve the fondest memories of my time on this good earth. Which now is a much lesser place without him.

  32. Brenda and McCutcheon Family, shocked and sadden by this tragic news. When I was diagnosed with Melanoma, I was very scared, especially since it was on my face, however after I met Dr. McCutcheon I had a different outlook because he was so caring and made me feel good about the outcome. This is a great loss to cosmetic surgery. My prayers are with you , the family and the staff who were always so professional. Patricia Grogan

  33. Brenda, I am thinking of you, and how kind and welcoming you and Buddy were to me when I lived in Asheville. I’m deeply saddened and so sorry for what you are going through. Buddy was a kind, good soul. Love and comfort to you.

  34. I spent only a week of my life around Buddy, during the Cleburne’s trip to Ireland in the 1990s, but he left a lasting impression on me. In spite of me being one of just two ‘Yankee’s’ on the trip I was treated very graciously by Buddy, and indeed all the other members of Cleburne’s. But because I knew the words to a lot of songs and Buddy was such a great banjo player, we hit it off immediately. The hoolie (party) we had in Cleburne’s boyhood home in Co. Cork is one of my fondest memories of not just that trip, but of my life, as I’m sure it is for many for were there that night and I suspect was for Buddy as well. And his presence there, playing and singing, and simply being himself, enhances that memory for me, as I’m sure it does the others who were there. Many of them were also privileged to spend more time with him before and after that trip, as I unfortunately was not. My condolences to his family, and to all his friends, whom I am sure are legion. Mourn his loss, but take my word for this, even those who only knew him briefly, were touched by him and were better for having known him.

  35. Brenda, my heart is broken for you and your family. He will be so missed. Such a kind and sweet soul. I’m praying for you and hoping God heals your heart. Love to you and the staff at the office.

  36. There are no words to express how saddened I am to learn of this news. It was in today’s paper here in Little Rock. Brenda and all Dr. McCutcheon’s family, you are all in my prayers for peace and understanding. I have always cherished the memories of working with him at PRS Associates.

  37. I am absolutely speechless as to this heinous crime. Another comrade, brother, friend taken from us. Buddy was the type man that would do most anything to make you feel welcome and wanted. All of my memories of him are happy memories. He was a credit to the reenacting hobby and served as a model to those of us that got know this wonderful man. Mere words right now can not convey the saddeness and anger I feel at this moment. Buddy, may you rest forever in the Southland and know that there be yet another empty chair. Go rest with the Lord my brother and we will hear you play again someday.

  38. I am saddened by this tragic news. Although I haven’t seen Buddy in years, I will always think fondly of he and his brothers and sister. I wish peace for his family.

  39. Our family is deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy, and will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  40. I will miss your music at historical events upcoming, but God has called a fine musician and a truly good person to his company. Rest easy under the shade of the trees.

  41. I knew both Brenda and Dr. McCutcheon from UAMS in Little Rock. Brenda was a young E.R. nurse and Buddy was a surgical resident planning a career in plastic surgery. He was a perfectionist and an excellent surgeon and physician. Later, before leaving Little Rock, I had the pleasure of caring for patients in the E.R. beside Dr.. McCutcheon assisting him with suturing and assuring an environment where he could perform his amazing plastic surgery techniques. This is a great loss, and I share everyone else’s condolences for Brenda and Buddy’s family and friends.

  42. What a shock. My heart goes out to Brenda and Family. Buddy was my first bagpipe teacher and the solid fundamentals he passed on to me were the ground on which I’ve built a lifelong study of piping, piping history, and the music of the bagpipe. I am in shock. What a gentle, and educated, soul.

  43. The world has lost a wonderful man! I have worked for Dr. McCutcheon for over 16 years. He truly was a kind, funny, super intelligent, man that I respected greatly. He was an excellent surgeon with a lot of compassion for his patients. They and I will surely miss him. My love goes out to all of his family. May he rest in peace.

  44. Brenda I just today learned of this senseless tragedy. Please accept my condolences. Dr. McCutcheon was so nice. I want to thank you for your kindness in the past. I miss seeing you, Cathy and Sabrina every day.
    Just know many are praying for you through this difficult time.

  45. Dr. McCutcheon and I were complete strangers, but we met in the ER at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock one Saturday in 1992 when he sewed up my 1-year-old daughter’s busted chin. His skill and handiwork are there for all to see; she is a beautiful woman now with a faint, cute little scar. Good work, Dr. McCutcheon!! Flights of angels sing thee to they rest!

  46. Our hearts are deeply wounded upon hearing the news of the passing from this veil of tears of a staid and loyal comrade in arms whom we all held in the utmost admiration and respect. Deepest, sincere and heartfelt condolences to Brenda and the McCutcheon brothers and sister who will miss Buddy’s easy laugh, wonderful smile, valuable counsel and boundless love each and every day they cast their eyes on some small or large wonder or beauty and wish to turn and share it with him. But he will be there in spirit, looking, laughing and sharing the moment. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us.
    Gregory ‘Frenchie’? Ferguson
    Stephanie Ferguson

  47. Still thinking about this wonderful doctor and how sad that his life was cut short. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and kind.
    He is missed.

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