Sammy Wayne Hatcher



Dr. Sammy Wayne Hatcher of Buies Creek, NC, a godly man, departed to his heavenly home Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born June 9, 1950 in Meridian, MS to Mary Lou and the late Sam Hatcher.

He leaves to honor and cherish his memory his wife Teri Gillis Hatcher, daughters Heather Hafer (Benjamin) of Garner, NC, Jennifer Hatcher, and Jessica Hatcher, both of Buies Creek, NC, son Phillip Hatcher (Nicole) and grandson Preston of Dallas, GA, and mother Mary Lou Hatcher Boswell of Buies Creek. He will be profoundly missed by his numerous nieces, nephews, and sister- and brothers-in-law. Dr. Hatcher was an esteemed member of Buies Creek First Baptist Church for 28 years where he taught Sunday School for many years and will be sorely missed by all who have met him.

Wayne and Teri met while they were attending Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. After graduating there, he obtained his Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They married and filled each other’s lives for over 42 years. Brother Hatcher became minister of Fayette (MS) Baptist Church and later moved to the parsonage of Scooba (MS) Baptist Church, during which time he also served as a Campus Minister for East Mississippi Community College. During his time in Scooba, Wayne earned his Doctor of Education from Mississippi State University. In 1988, Dr. Hatcher and family relocated to Buies Creek, NC, where he was a professor at Campbell University, teaching for over 23 years in the Counselor Education Program.

A funeral service will be held at Buies Creek First Baptist Church at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Burial will follow in Buies Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home on Monday evening, June 26, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial gifts be given to:
The National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 ; Buies Creek First Baptist Church, PO Box 160, Buies Creek, NC 27506 or The Campbell University School of Education - Mental Health Counseling Program, PO Box 97, Buies Creek, NC 27506.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith:” 2 Timothy 4:7 (HCSB)