Samuel Gregg Hatcher, of Southern Pines, NC, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday May 14, 2021.

Gregg was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 25, 1938 to the late Harold Hatcher and Adriana Raffaelli Hatcher. Following his time as a student and football player at Michigan State University and the University of Toledo, he served as a coxswain for the US Navy aboard the USS Liddle.

A man of many trades, he spent the majority of his career in computer leasing, which was ironic since he always preferred paper and pencil. His career culminated in owning his own business, Motor City Computer Services in suburban Detroit.

Gregg married his loving wife Judi, on a spring day in Morro Bay, California, 1969. After many years spent happily raising their family in Birmingham, Michigan, Gregg and Judi moved to Southern Pines, NC in 1998 where they met a new set of dear friends. Here, he also regularly attended the First Church of Christ Scientist.

Gregg found other artists and friends at the Artist League of the Sandhills in Aberdeen. Here he explored and excelled at oil painting, even teaching some popular classes. His friends and family will remember the beauty he observed, appreciated and captured through the many sketchpads he leaves behind.
Gregg continued to nurture his Michigan friendships while spending summers at the family home in Pentwater, MI. Here he sketched many sunsets and Lake Michigan scenes.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings; Dorthea Stockbridge, Eileen Toy, and Harold Hatcher II.

Gregg is survived by his loving wife of 52 years; Judith Ely Hatcher, children; Heidi (Matt) Hatcher Wester of Denver, CO, and Gregory (Rebecca) Winston Hatcher of Chicago, IL, Also beloved grandchildren; John Winston Wester, Adriana Grace Wester, and Lillian Greear Hatcher.

The family will hold a private service to celebrate Gregg’s life this summer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pentwater Artisan Learning Center, 780 Park St.
Pentwater, MI. 49449 -or- FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care at 251 Campground Rd, West End, NC 27376

Services entrusted to Powell Funeral Home.

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  1. Gregg was one of my most favorite people at the Artist League and we sat next to each other. I never knew he was from Detroit where I was born and he probably knew family of mine.

    He and I would always talk and as people knocked my art he made me feel better.

    I still have the painting he gave me. I’ve wondered about him for some time. Rest In Peace. You are missed already.

  2. Dear Judy
    We send our prayers and love and sympathy to you and your family.💙 Greg was such a wonderful man and had such a gentle demeanor. We have a couple of his paintings 🎨 that are hanging here in our condo. Every time we look at them,
    we both think of Greg. Greg was such a talented artist and remember he showed us his studio at the house. He has left such a beautiful legacy Judy, to his children, grandchildren and all his friends.
    Love ♥️ and Friendship
    Phil and Jan

  3. Judi and family

    I am sending you love and condolences. Greg was such a wonder man. May you feel Gods presence and peace in this time
    Love and hugs
    Gwen Foster

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