Gary R. Tuttle
Hancock County Courier
Oct. 1, 2009
Gary R. Tuttle, 59, of Akron, and formerly of Chester, passed at his home on September 21, 2009 after becoming suddenly ill.
He was born December 3, 1949 in East Liverpool, a son of the late Ray and Ethel McGaffic Tuttle.
A Free Methodist by faith, Gary worked for Giant Eagle super markets. Earlier he had been employed at the Homer Laughlin China Co.
An accomplished musician, Gary began playing at the age of 12. Rock & Roll was his first foray in to the music world having played in such local favorites as King Tut and the Royal Subjects during the early 60’s at East Liverpool hot spots, Lake Marwin and he Youth Harbor. He soon found a love for country music and was an integral part of Bands like Nashville Bound, Masters of the Honkytonk and Hot Cargo. While leading Nashville Bound he released eight recordings and in 1987 won the Marlboro Country Music Roundup where they played on the same bill with George Straight, Alabama, and the Judds in front of a sold out crowd. He had opened for such formidable acts as Reba, Robbie McDowell, and his favorite Conway Twitty.
He leaves behind his deeply loved dog Samantha as well as a daughter, Tonya Link and her children, Tanner, Marissa, and Logan Link of Burgettstown; one son John Tuttle of Akron, and one sister Carole Smith and husband Denny of East Liverpool
Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 26, at 12:00 p.m. at the Arner Funeral Chapel with Rev. Norm Eckert officiating. Interment followed at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Chester. In addition a memorial service was held on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Akron Fraternal Order of Orioles in Akron.