Ronald Boutwell “Ronnie” McCutchan

Ronald Boutwell “Ronnie” McCutchan, Jan. 26, 1974 to May 2, 2021. We lost Ronnie earlier this week on Sunday morning due to complications from a liver condition he had battled with courage and quiet dignity for the past several years.

Ronnie was a loving father to his sons, Levi, and Nathan Powers; cherished and beloved son of his parents, Jack and Sharon McCutchan, Mike and Sandi Boutwell, faithful brother to his siblings, Michelle McCutchan Haney, F B Mack, Aaron Maples, and Jessica Boutwell; much loved uncle to Alex McCutchan, Will Haney, Hayes Haney, Miles Harrison Mack, Mackenzie Grace Mack, Brady Maples, great-uncle to Rylie McCutchan, and Quincy McCutchan, nephew to Chet and Charlotte Quilliams, Bob and Vickie Quilliams, Teresa Quilliams, Kevin and Karen Quilliams, Dennis and Sandra Quilliams, and much beloved by his many cousins.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his father Jack McCutchan, and his maternal grandparents, Jake and Lorraine Quilliams, paternal grandparents, Homer and Jesse Boutwell.

Ronnie lived and worked in Gatlinburg for most of his life. He was an exceptional athlete participating in many sports growing up. Eventually narrowing down his focus to basketball and football; his height and love of the game making him an invaluable team-member in the former, and his length of leg and left-footedness making him a highly valuable and accomplished standout in the latter. A four-year letterman in both sports at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, he earned All-County, All-District, and All-East Tennessee honors for basketball, while also receiving All-County as a junior and senior, and was a 1991 Tennessee All-Star pick in football.

Furman University recruited and signed Ronnie to a football scholarship in 1992 — and named him Most Valuable Freshman that year. Ronnie had a strong freshman campaign, placing sixth in the Southern Conference with an average of 38.1 yards on 48 attempts, with a long of 52. This was followed by an outstanding season in 1993 wherein he led the Southern Conference with a 43.7 yards per punt average on 47 attempts, with a long of 62, and earned All-America honors from the Associated Press.

Ronnie moved on to the University of Tennessee, where he continued punting for the Volunteers, making the trip to Orlando for the 1996 Citrus Bowl.

Following his graduation in 1996, Ronnie worked for Wyndham Resorts for over 20 years.

Ronnie was a true friend, reliable and dependable, and always there when he was needed. Those that had the pleasure of his friendship realize how fortunate they were to have known him. They reminisce about his ever-present smile and the warmth, depth, and eagerness to laugh behind it.

Most of all they recall the simple pleasure of his company, how good he made them feel, how free they were to be themselves, and how much they will miss him.

What you saw was what you got, and what you saw was simply a truly delightful, generous, easy-going, fun-loving, human being. The world is a lesser place without him.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the health care professionals at UT Hospital, for their care and commitment to Ronnie over the last several weeks. And we would like to acknowledge and appreciate the love, support, and care provided by his long-time co-worker, and special friend, Marisol — thank you for all you did and for being there for him.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, Ronnie’s family would appreciate donations to the Ronnie McCutchan Scholarship Fund, being set up to recognize and grant an annual award to a deserving young man who exemplifies all the best qualities of #22.

Don’t think of him as gone away, his journey’s just begun, life holds so many faces, this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears, in a place of warmth and comfort, where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away.

And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched … for nothing loved is ever really lost, and he was loved so much.

The family will receive friends from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with service to follow at 7 p.m. Rev. Larry Burcham will be officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Grove Cemetery with Dwight Maples officiating. Online condolences may be made to www.atchley