June 24, 1937 ~ November 11, 2001
Born in: South New Berlin, NY,
Resided in: Swannanoa, NC
Mr. Utter was born in South New Berlin, NY, and was a son of the late Kern Utter and Olive Anna Grover Utter Perkins. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Noah Perkins Utter.
He served in the US Army in the early 1960’s and was a former resident of Florida before moving to Buncombe County where he lived most of his adult life. He worked as a genetic engineer for Biltmore Dairy Farms for 13 years and at the time of his death he was Animal Curator for the Buncombe County Nature Center where he worked for 20 years.
He was considered to be an expert on the American Red Devon Cattle Breed and maintained a herd of that breed in Greeneville, TN. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Minor Breeds Conservancy for 11 years and on the Board of Directors of the Biltmore Little League from 1971 - 1980. He was instrumental in saving the red wolf and its release into the wild.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lunsford Utter; two sons, Bruce Niles Utter and his wife Tobie of Siler City, and Everett Weston Utter and his wife Wendy, currently stationed at Port Hueneme, CA; one daughter, Emily Utter of Virginia Beach, VA; one step-daughter, Gentle Gennett of Asheville; one step-son, Chapel Gennett of Washington, DC; seven grandchildren, Sadie Christine Utter, Parker McSwain Utter, Jessica Renee Utter, Erin Elizabeth Utter, Anna Michelle Utter, Chelsea Wesphall, and Cody Wesphall; four sisters, Elma Walling of South New Berlin, NY, Karen Colvin of Cullowhee, Lorraine Register of Orange City, FL, and Linda McLintock of Jacksonville, FL; one brother, Dale Utter of Roebuck, SC; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Thursday at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Marshall, with the Rev. Bill Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
His family will receive friends from 7 - 9 pm Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.
Memorials may be made to Friends of the Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805, or to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312.