Perry Mac Dutton, son of the late Ruby F. Dutton and Elizabeth McCarver Dutton, was born June 16, 1938, in Batesville, Ark. He departed this life on September 6, 2007, in Melbourne, Ark., at the age of 69.
Perry graduated from Batesville HIgh School. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard during the time of the Central High Crisis in Little Rock. Perry spent his life as a newspaper man. His newspaper career began as a young boy; he had a Batesville Guard paper route. After high school, he went to work full time for the Batesville Guard. He went on to work for the Arkansas Democrat and many other newspapers throught the state.
In 1969, he established Dutton Prining in Melbourne, Ark., Dutton Printing owned and printed several newspapers in the Izard County area, including the Melbourne Times, the Calico Rock Progress, the Spring River Times. On September 9, 1989, in Melbourne, Perry married Debbie Huskey.
During his lifetime, he was a member of many press assiciations, such as the Arkansas Press Association. In February 2004, he was honored by the Arkansas Press Association with the Golden 50 Award. The award is presented to individuals who have been involved with newspapers for 50 years or more. Perry was of the Church of Christ faith and a member of the Melbourne Church of Christ.
Perry is survived by his wife of 17 years; Debbie Dutton of the home; two sons and two daughters-in-law; Matt and Lacey Adams of Melbourne and Travis and Alicia Adams of Bryant; seven daughters and sons-in law; Dianna and Joe Edmonds of Mountian Home, Paula and Mike Willhite of Newport, Tangie and Marty Duchanoy of Maumelle, Hope and Kris Caraway of Mount Pleasant, Dawn and Shane Magness of Newark, Gina Quarders of Melbourne,and Perri Michelle and David Washington of Oxford; one brother; Billy F. Dutton and wife Rhonda of Collerville, Tenn.; two sisters; Catherine Swaim of Batesville, and Betty and husband Bill Davidson of Des Arc; 15 grandchildren; Brayden Adams, Sydney McFarland, James Long, Laura Long, Alex Long, Korey Caraway, Kristen Caraway, Whitney Magness, Morgan Wood, Sarah Ragle, Katherine Quarders, Kennedy Quarders, Taren Alman, Nicholas Washington, Paxton Washington; three great-grandchildren; Gage Alman, Lorelei Alman and Olvia Washington; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service was held Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Melbourne Church of Christ with Doyne Robertson and Finis Brewer officiating. Burial was at Melbourne Cemetery under the direction of Eddies's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Association Chapter Headquarters, 6465 S. Yale, Suite 312, Tulsa, Okla., 74136.
This information was taken from the 'arkansas Democrat Gazette--Sunday, September 9, 2007.