Roger Carnahan Hatton
Monday 4th of December 1944 - Friday 6th of May 2022
Celebration of Life Visitation
Milward-Man O' War
1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY
Viewing Prior to Graveside Service
Britton Funeral Home
27 Old US 421, Manchester, KY
Manchester Memorial Gardens
400 Richmond Rd., Manchester, KY
First United Methodist Church
331 W. Osceola Ave., Clewiston, FL
Roger Carnahan Hatton, 77, went to be with his Lord, Friday, May 6, 2022. He was surrounded by loving family and under expert care at Shanti Niketan Hospice House, Glasgow, KY, when he passed away. Roger was born to the late Robert Carnahan Hatton and the late Marjorie Aileen Black Hatton on December 4, 1944, Chicago, IL. He was a Christian and a member of First United Methodist Church, Clewiston, FL.
He was raised in Pahokee, FL, and attended Pahokee High School; was graduated from Darlington School, Rome, GA (’62); and received a B.S., Business Agriculture, from University of Florida (’66).
Roger was a stalwart farmer, business innovator, people-builder, and change-maker in South Florida and South Georgia. His father founded R.C. Hatton Farms in the 1930s and Roger incorporated the business in 1964. He and his sister, Carol, grew the business substantially during the 1970s and 1980s. In recent years, Roger and Paul Allen formed new ventures: Performance NAPA Auto & Truck Parts and Performance Packaging. The multifaceted enterprise is still headquartered in Pahokee, FL.
R.C. Hatton and their team have likely touched you. Their parts, equipment, and exceptional service have kept countless vehicles on the road and many operations’ fleets and machinery functioning at full throttle. If you like fresh sweet corn, green beans, or cabbage, there is a good chance you’ve enjoyed theirs. If you’ve eaten pure cane sugar, there’s no doubt they’ve sweetened moments in your life.
Roger was an intellectual with an exuberant spirit. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, reading, travel, his antique car collection, learning things deeply, and seeing visions and projects through.
Roger is survived by his wife of 29 years, Denise Inman Hatton, and their son, Jonathan Adsit Hatton; his previous wife of 22 years, Jo Britton Hatton, and their four children: Sarah Isolde Hatton and Laura Clay Hatton; Robert Carnahan “Rob” (Sharon) Hatton and son Calvin Carnahan Hatton; and Amy Hatton (William Chase “Chuck,” M.D.) Thornbury and children, Britton Grace and William Chase III; two sisters, Roberta Hatton Salvatore and Carol Mae Hatton Arline; and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Hatton and Thor Hatton.
A Celebration of Life visitation will take place on Tuesday from 5-7pm, Milward-Man O’ War, Lexington, KY. Services will be held on Wednesday, Manchester, KY: viewing from 11:00-11:30am, Britton Funeral Home; graveside service at 12pm, Manchester Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Mark Allen and Dan Allen; and Aaron Congleton, Dale Helvey, Trip Whidden and Silvestre Corona.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 10am, First United Methodist Church, Clewiston, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations to First Care (https://firstcareforlife.com/), Dunklin Memorial Church (https://www.dunklin.org/donate), Oneida Baptist Institute (https://www.oneidaschool.org/), or Asbury University (https://www.asbury.edu/) are encouraged.
Rob, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Wish I could have made the visitation and service but was in poor health during that time. Joe was so proud to be of support and assistance during this stressful time for you and your family.
My condolences to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you . I was fortunate to have worked for Mr. Hatton at Diamond C Sugar. He was knowledgeable, polite, just a fine man . RIP Mr. Hatton
My condolences to the the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you! I was fortunate to have worked for Mr. Hatton at Diamond C Sugar . He was knowledgeable, polite , just a fine man . I’m very saddened to hear of his passing . May he Rest In Peace
Roger's and Denise's faith, humility, intelligence, generosity, hospitality and friendship inspired me, particularly during the critical period when I first joined a Christian church. His memory lives on in the hearts of all who he touched.
Rob, I so enjoyed getting to know your Dad over the last few years. He was always a pleasure to talk to, even though most of the time I saw him was when he was in the hospital. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I will keep you all in my prayers. With my sincere sympathies, Hunter Cornett & family
My deepest condolences to Rogers family and extended family. (Paul Allen and the “crew” I would like to take this time to let his loved ones know how much he meant to me. He constantly and consistently told me wonderful stories of my family especially my grandfather, OB McClure and Elizabeth, and his “uncle Oscar and aunt Idgy” As they lived in the house next door. The story’s were so vivid I felt as though I was there. And there’s nothing better than finding out more history than I previously knew ❤️ He made us, my daughter Taylor and I feel so welcomed. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness in everything you did for so many. I know your children are so proud of you as he was so proud of each of you. Godspeed my friend until we meet again