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Henry County native Billy Joe McNutt, 75, of Anderson Drive in Paris departed this life Thursday, March 23, 2006, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease and cancer.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

The Revs. Jack Criswell, Jerry Massey and Charles Orr will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.

A Masonic service will be conducted at a later date.

Chosen as pallbearers are Jack Brown, Dwayne Crews, Bobby Barrett, Jerry Owens, Roland Parkhill, Joe Houston, Dr. Paul Mobley and Chuck Jones.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lewis Wallis, Carlos Owens, Charles Martin and Walter McNutt; pharmacists of Paris; and members of the Paris Lions Club and Paris Masonic Lodge 108.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Born May 29, 1930, in Paris, Bill was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T.L. (Lena Mae Barton) McNutt Sr. of Paris.

McNutt was a 1948 graduate of Grove High School and then went on to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee in 1953. He held a doctor of pharmacy license from the State of Tennessee.

McNutt was always known as a kind and gentle man, who loved his family and his lifelong community. He was a member of Paris Masonic Lodge 108 and the Paris Lions Club, both for 52 years.

He was the recipient of the Edward Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award from the Lions Club.

McNutt was a member of Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity and the Clan MacNachtan, from which the McNutts are descended.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Paris, where he was a former trustee.

McNutt worked as a pharmacist at Hamlet’s Drug Store, formerly of Paris, when one day in 1957, the late Mitchum Warren and Herbert Brisendine visited him and asked him to join the Mitchum Co. to test and develop new products.

His first project was to develop a consumer product to control perspiration without rotting clothes, without being irritable or have a fragrance. It also had to be clear and control odor.

McNutt’s breakthrough came in 1958 and a year later Mitchum’s Anti-Perspirant became an instant success on the market selling millions of units a year.

McNutt served as vice president of technical development for the Paris plant employing 280 people.

Unfortunately, the company was sold to Revlon in 1970 and closed in 1972.

McNutt then worked as a pharmacist at Fry Drug Co., formerly of Paris, until 1985, when he retired because of chronic heart disease.

McNutt wrote a history of the local cosmetics industry in 1992. It details the history of the National Toilet Co., the Mitchum Co., Golden Peacock and Tyson and Co., and is available on audio tape at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Rhea Public Library.

McNutt leaves his wife Glenda Crews McNutt; his daughter Debra and son-in-law Charles G. Douglas III of Concord, N.H.; a son Randall Joe McNutt and his wife Jamie of Paris; and a daughter Lisa Caron and husband John of Bow, N.H.

He also is survived by six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his brother Bobby (Gwyn) McNutt of Paris;

Two sisters-in-law Dorothy Fay McNutt of Trenton and Jonie (Will) Cason of Paris; his mother-in-law Doris Crews of Paris; and his brother-in-law Dwayne (Billie) Crews of Paris.

McNutt was preceded in death by his first wife Ann Coursey McNutt, who died in 1976; and his brother T.L. McNutt Jr.

Memorials may be made in Bill McNutt’s honor to the Lions Club Project Sight, First Baptist Church, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Reprinted from the Paris Post-Intelligencer
Paris, Tennessee
March 24, 2006 Edition
Used by permission