Warren Austin ‘Buddy’ Hatch, 58, former police officer employed with Corning Inc.

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Warren Austin Hatch

Warren Austin ‘Buddy’ Hatch, 58, of Southport, unexpectedly went to be with his Lord on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Buddy was born February 6, 1958, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to Philip Copeland Hatch and Marie Cook Hatch. He graduated from South Brunswick High School in 1976 and continued his education at Southeastern Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Following graduation, he entered the North Carolina Police Academy and served several years as a Boiling Spring Lakes police officer. Warren spent the last 20 years employed at Corning Inc. in Wilmington. He married the love of his life, Suzanne Margaret Bowmer, in 1979, and their love story continued for 36 years. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend who loved unconditionally and gave selflessly. He constantly shared his faith and love of the Bible, drawing many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebekah Elizabeth Hatch; and his sister, Shirley Vititoe.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; children, Joanna, and husband, Eric Saunders, Christina, and husband, Drew Trask, Jonathan, and his wife, Sara Smith, and Katelyn Elizabeth Hatch; his granddaughter, Alyvia Grace; and his sister, Sharon Darst.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Southport Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to months of medical costs accumulated from hospital and doctor’s visits. In the end, Warren can truly say,’I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.’

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