WINDER – David L. “Red” Hitchcock Jr., 83, died Tuesday, January 20, 2009, following a battle with cancer.
He was the son of the late David L. and Maude Hays Hitchcock. He attended the University of Georgia, earning his specialist degree in education administration. During his career he worked as a teacher and coach in Walton County, teacher, coach and principal in the Jackson County School System, principal and personnel director in Gwinnett County, then superintendent of the Barrow County School System until his retirement in 1980. Over his 33 years of service, he was honored with many awards and accomplishments to include Georgia Athletic Association Coach of the Year 1960-62, Chairman of the Northeast Georgia Cesa 1979-80, Barrow County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, president of Barrow County Retired Teachers 1984. He was a member of the Winder First United Methodist Church and was a veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II before entering his career as an educator. Mr. Hitchcock was preceded in death by a daughter, Sara F. Hitchcock.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gloria Gibbs Hitchcock, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Bill Wilson, Winder; grandchildren, Jennifer and Drew Moss, Macon, Drew Hackney, Conyers, Jim Kelley, Winder; great-granddaughter, Mary Leonard Moss, Macon; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Lou Ehney, Powder Springs, Ann Page, Rutledge, Chris and Walter Bell, Riverdale.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 23, at 11 a.m., at the Winder First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Terry Tippens officiating. Private burial will be in Bostwick Family Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Friday. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.