The Stewart Hass Racing family was hit with some very devastating news on Tuesday night when Sharon Hutchens, wife of Bobby Hutchens who is the Director of Competition at SHR lost her bout with breast cancer.
The death couldn’t have come at a worse time, especially with Christmas just a couple of days away and her husband coming off a very productive season after leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. to take over the director position at SHR.
Hutchens, who was 45 years old, is survived by her husband Bobby, and her two sons, Taylor Lane Loaces, who is 19 and a freshman at N.C. State, and 11-year-old Robert “Trey” Hutchens III, a sixth-grader at North Davidson (N.C.) Middle School.
She was also survived by her parents Annette Mills of High Point, N.C., and Bill Mills of Thomasville; along with her sisters, Susan Hollowell of Tampa, Fla., and Cathy Graham of Charlotte.
Hutchens was born on April 16, 1964 in Weirton, W.Va., to Steve and Annette Posti, where she graduated Thomasville High School in 1982. Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Steven Posti.
She then attended University of North Carolina at Charlotte while studying elementary education, and at the same time worked at Trammel Crowe after school managing property.
Hutchens was passionate about her involvement in fighting breast cancer, and along with her good friend Michelle Hemric, they formed “The Pit Lizards” to help raise money to fight breast cancer.
She was also a supporter of the local Triad Chapter of the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure,“ and this past May Hutchens was awarded the inaugural “Survivor of the Year” award presented to her by Hota Kotb after the 2009 Triad Race for the Cure.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 at Pinedale Christian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., with the Rev. Michael D. Gates officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to Susan G. Komen, c/o The Pit Lizards, 1106 Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or Camp Cheerio, c/o Sharon Hutchens Memorial, P.O. Box 6258, High Point, NC 27262.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.