Cynthia June Tutt was born on June 4, 1931, in Luray, Virginia to the late Carl Edward and Maceo Porter Taylor. She departed this life and entered eternal rest on April 13, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Cynthia was one of seven children. She had a special relationship with each of her siblings and cherished the time she spent with them.
Cynthia attended the historic Andrew Jackson School in Luray, Virginia and graduated from Bordentown Boarding School in New Jersey. Cynthia was a very quiet, but intelligent student.
Cynthia married Walter W. Tutt, Jr. on January 23, 1960. She often told the story of how she, the quiet one, pursued him. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed taking trips, socializing with friends, and spending time with family. As they grew older, their love grew stronger. She appreciated the love and care her husband provided, as he never left her side. Each night, they took the time to tell each other how much they loved and appreciated one another.
Cynthia had five beautiful children and had a unique bond with each of them. She showed them, in her own special way, how much she loved them and how proud she was of them. Even in their adult life, she continued to provide motherly advice and guidance. She made it known to everyone that she had the “best children in the world.” She cherished her relationships with her sons-and daughter-in-law and treated them as her own. She enjoyed spending time and providing wisdom to her grandchildren. She always made sure she sent birthday cards, and when able, she traveled to attend every milestone and celebratory occasion.
Cynthia loved spending time with her sisters-in-law and her circle of friends. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, a social organization for women that emphasizes the importance of friendship and sisterhood. She enjoyed the outings and fellowship, as well as sporting the red and purple outfits and hats.
She worked over 30 years at Inova Fairfax Hospital as a Unit Secretary before her retirement in 1989. After retirement, Cynthia and Walter relocated back to Luray where she worked as a Unit Secretary at Page Memorial Hospital for another 10 years.
As a member of St. John Baptist Church, Cynthia was the President of the Usher Board and Chair of the Missionary Board. She taught Sunday school and showed her love to the youth by providing special treats during the holidays. As they transitioned from youth to young adults, she kept track of their accomplishments and provided words of encouragement and support.
Cynthia meant so much to so many. She provided words of wisdom to her family and friends. She would often tell her children, and later her grandchildren, “think for yourself;” “be a leader, not a follower;” and “you can be whatever you want to be.” She expressed and showed love to everyone. When it was time to say goodbye, she would always say, “I love you much,” and she expected you to say in return, “I love you much back.”
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Walter JeJuan Tutt of Luray; three daughters, Gale Alease Warren (Leroy) of Forestville, MD, Lisha Elaine Lee (Gregory) of Gastonia, NC, and Danielle Lyn Lucas (Frank) of Atlanta, GA; a brother, Keith Taylor (Lynette) of Manassas; two sisters, Gwendolyn Daniels of Atlanta, GA, and Elaine Blakey (Robert) of Harrisonburg; seven grandchildren, Paul Coates (Barbara) of Timberville, Gregory Means of Denver, NC, Shari Sanders (Janatry) of Leesburg, Amber Lee of Sterling, Nicholas Lee of Gastonia, NC, and Carlton Lucas and Sydney Lucas, both of Atlanta, GA; four great-grandchildren, Aria Sanders and Sarai Sanders, both of Leesburg, and Chloe Means and Gabrielle Means, both of Denver, NC; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Tutt of Stafford. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Anthony Curtis Tutt; two brothers, Hunter Taylor and Edwin Taylor; and a sister, Lois E. Tutt.
Sympathy flowers may be sent to the Bradley Funeral Home or memorial contributions may be made to St. John Baptist Church, 646 W. Main Street, Luray, Va. 22835.
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