James Larry ‘Tater’ Tutterow

Published 10:02 am Monday, July 6, 2015

Mr. James Larry Tutterow, 68, of Rainbow Road, Advance, died Friday, July 3, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family.

He was born March 6, 1947, in Davie County. Known as “Tater” by friends, he was a graduate of Davie High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and did a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1971.  While in his teens, he worked for his Uncle June Tutterow and developed a love of construction work. His dream of owning his own construction company became a reality in 1984, when he became owner of Carolina Drilling & Blasting in Mocksville, a family owned business of 30 years. His greatest love was spending time with his grandchildren, riding them around on his golf cart and John Deere tractors. He spent lots of time on his farm, raising beef cattle. He especially loved the spring/fall hay harvest. He enjoyed round track and drag racing. He supported many race teams and loved traveling around the United States drag racing with Rickie Smith and Todd Tutterow. In 2009, he and his son started their own team, Tutterow Racing. He beamed with pride every time his son sat behind the wheel of a race car. There was nowhere else he would rather be on a Saturday night than a local short track, cheering on his son. As he was able to be semi-retired, he enjoyed spending time at his home on 59th Avenue in Cherry Grove. He loved having annual 4th of July parties with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. Tutterow and Betty Walker Grissom.

Survivors: his wife, Frances West Tutterow of the home; 2 children, Jason Everett Tutterow (Page) and Elizabeth “Izzy” Tutterow Burchette (Joe); 3 grandchildren, Emily Reese and Harper James Tutterow and Joseph Patrick Burchette Jr.; and his extended Tutterow, Walker, West and Etchison families which included many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m., Monday, July 6 at First United Methodist Church, Mocksville with Drs. Glenn L. Myers Jr. and David Gilbreath officiating.   Burial followed in the Eatons Baptist Church cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites. The family received friends Sunday, July 5 at Eaton Funeral Home in Mocksville.

Memorials: Wake Forest Baptist Health, c/o Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, 27157; or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.