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Christine Bandy McCutchen

Mrs. Christine Bandy McCutchen, 86, of Atlanta, formerly of Dalton, Sea Island, and Ellijay, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at her home in Atlanta, following an extended illness. Mrs. McCutchen was born June 22, 1916, in Hill City, the daughter of Dicksie Bradley and B.J. Bandy. She was a graduate of Shorter College in Rome. She married Joseph Kelly McCutchen, Sr. from Dalton, in 1936, beginning a lifelong love and devotion throughout a 62 year marriage, until Joe’s death in 1998.

Early in their marriage, she and her husband founded the J & C Bedspread Company in Ellijay, which later became Universal Carpet, Inc. for which she served as an officer and director for 67 years. She was widely respected in the industry as a very successful business- woman, with the company growing, at one time, to 1,000 employees in order to fill the volume of bedspread orders from Sears, Roebuck, and Co. during that time period.

Mrs. McCutchen saw her husband invent and receive 27 American and Canadian patents on textile machinery. Mrs. McCutchen always thought that those who were blessed with much were expected to give back much. In 1942, Christine and Joe made a substantial gift to the city of Ellijay, after which the Ellijay High School dedicated their first yearbook to Joe and Christine McCutchen in appreciation for their many philanthropic gifts to the city. Later the city of Ellijay named a street in honor of the McCutchen family.

In Dalton, the Intensive Care Unit of Hamilton Memorial Hospital was dedicated in honor of Christine’s father and daughter as the “B.J. Bandy - Chrissie McCutchen Meditation Room”. The two loved Georgia Tech, Joe’s alma mater, where he served on the Georgia Tech Alumni Board and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board for several years. He was also the first chairman of the Georgia Tech Parents’ Council.

Joe was one of the original group of Tech alumni who funded Technology Park, resulting in gifts of $100,000 and up given by each member to Georgia Tech. Mrs. McCutchen was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club, the Capital City Club, and the Sea Island Beach and Golf Club.

She is survived by her two children, Joseph Kelly McCutchen, Jr., Ellijay, and Dicksie Linn McCutchen Hill, Atlanta, six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Aggie Bandy, Dalton. The McCutchens’ daughter, Chrissie, was tragically killed in January 1962, while a freshman at the University of Georgia, a tragedy from which the family never recovered. Chrissie had attended Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C., and represented the state of Georgia in the 1961 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington. Her son, Joe Jr., and his wife, Betty, have three children, Kelly, Shannon, and Lauren. Her daughter, Dicksie, also has three children, Kendrick, Alex, and Hunter. Services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dalton with the Rev. Steve Lyle officiating. Eulogies were offered by grandchildren, Joe K. McCutchen, IV, Alexander Smith Hill, Jr., and Lt. Hunter Bradley Hill. Interment followed in the West Hill Cemetery. The family received friends in the atrium of the First United Methodist Church Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. Love Funeral Home of Dalton was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flower, memorials may be made to the Georgia Tech Foundation, in memory of Christine Bandy McCutchen, 177 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30332, or to your favorite charity.

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