WHITE STONE—Hugh Hitchens, known to most just as “Hugh,” died January 12, 2018, at the home he loved on Mosquito Creek.
Hugh was born and raised in Baltimore but as a child and young man visited his grandmother, Obie, at her house on Mosquito Creek. He loved the house and the area and when he retired, he moved back to take care of his mother, who had also retired there.
He loved his dog, his house and his property and he planted dozens of fruit trees on his land. He also liked to swim and he kept paddle boats so he could explore the creek and nearby island.
As he got older, he liked to walk up to White Stone and he was often seen walking to and from town. He enjoyed visiting his friends at the post office, White Stone Pharmacy and at the River Market, where Jim always had food for him.
Several generations of Windmill Point Road locals recognized Hugh and quickly learned that if he was waiting for Bay Transit, he didn’t want a ride into town, but he’d take one on the way home. After accepting a ride, he’d get out of the car saying “If there is anything I can do for you, let me know. God bless you.”
Hugh always liked his privacy and stated often that he didn’t want to leave his house and he hoped to die there. He got his wish, dying on his own terms in the home he loved.
He had many in White Stone who cared for him and looked out for his welfare but in the end, Hugh lived and died his own way. Hugh will be interred next to his mother at the White Stone United Methodist Church.
He was predeceased by his family and his dog but is survived by many friends and neighbors who will miss him greatly.
There will be a graveside service with a reception following at 11 a.m. Friday, February 9, at White Stone United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Hugh’s name to the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 125, Lancaster, VA 22503.
Currie Funeral Home LLC is handling arrangements.