Anson Hutchinson “Hutch” Stage

Published 7:25 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dr. Anson Hutchinson “Hutch” Stage died peacefully on Dec. 16, 2019; one month after his 93rd birthday.

Hutch was born Nov. 16, 1926, to Harry and Iantha Stage, in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where he met the love of his life, Lucie Timberlake Stage. He attended College of William and Mary, and George Washington Medical School. Hutch and Lucie eventually settled in North Bend, Oregon, where he was one of the original partners of the newly formed Coos Bay Clinic.

After many years and thousands of babies delivered, Hutch and Lucie moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, where Hutch was a professor at LSU Medical School. He found that his passion was teaching and molding new physicians and he continued to hear from them as to how he helped them find their own passion in medicine.

Hutch and Lucie moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where he retired as head of the OB/GYN residency program. After Lucie’s death in 1987, Hutch moved to Washington, North Carolina. He loved Pamlico Plantation and was very active in the community. His boat “Spirit” was a huge part of his life, and he dreamed of sailing on her once more. He was also very proud of his military service and retired as Commander, U.S. Navy. As is tradition in the Navy, he was told, “Shipmate you are relieved. We have the watch.”

Hutch is survived by his children, Key Stage of Edenton, Allison Stage Leach, of Bucksport, Maine, and Robyn Stage Holtzer, of Hope Island, Australia. He leaves behind his grandchildren, Jennifer, Amanda, Jessica, Katie, Kel, Kasie, Nick and Marybeth; and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his devoted cat, Noelle.

In addition to his parents and wife, Hutch was predeceased by a son, Stephen Stage; son-in-law, Jerry Leach; and his sister, Shirley Deutsch.

His family would like to thank his devoted caregivers, especially Brenda, CC and Vickie, who not only cared for him but loved him, and went above and beyond. Community Hospice worked tirelessly to make Hutch’s final days comfortable. He will also be missed by his friends at Pamlico Plantation, especially his bridge partners. He will always be remembered for his sharp mind and sharper sense of humor.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Broad Creek EMS in Washington, who were so helpful on so many occasions.

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Stage family.