James L. Hatchett, 83

August 20, 2010

NOV. 20, 1926-AUG. 14, 2010

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - James L. Hatchett, 83, of Shenandoah Junction, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at his home.

Born Nov. 20, 1926, in Kenton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Lawrence Hatchett and Christina Curran Hatchett.

Mr. Hatchett was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was inducted into the U.S. Air Corps aviation cadet program.

He was a graduate of the University of New Mexico (1947 to 1950), where he received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry, and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Prior to this, he was a student of the University of Dayton (1944) and the Indiana University (1945), School of Military Science, while serving as an aviation cadet. He also attended Stanford University (1957 to 1958), where he studied atomic physics while employed for the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Stanford, Calif. He was also a member of the American Chemical Society, American Water Works Association and Shepherdstown Men's Club.


He retired as a ground water hydrologist employed by U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division.

He was a member of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, where he served as usher emeritus, elder and one of the founders of the "Lunch Bunch."

Mr. Hatchett is survived by five children, John Hatchett of Henniker, N.H., Kenneth Derrenbacker of Elkton, Va., and Lisa Derrenbacker, David Hatchett and Cindy Peterson, all of Reston, Va.; four grandchildren, Jessica, Geoffrey and Timothy Hatchett, and Evan Peterson; and one sister, Marilyn Smith, of Roswell, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Evans Hatchett; one brother, Richard Hatchett; and two sisters, Shirley Ramsey and Sharon Brown.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 268, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at

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