Hatten Family Thanks Community For Support

Duncan Hatten
Duncan Hatten

WIGGINS (WLOX) -- Duncan Hatten's family says they are grateful for the community support they've received during this difficult time. On Saturday, Hatten will be laid to rest at the Wiggins City Cemetery. Earlier this week, the 64-year-old former county supervisor was found murdered inside in his home.

The signs of mourning in Stone County were easy to see on Friday afternoon. A flag outside the county courthouse was at half staff, and notices on the courthouse door indicated that county business would cease at 4pm. Employees planned to attend the visitation service for former county supervisor Duncan Hatten.

"We just felt like it was something we all wanted to do," Chancery Court Clerk Gerald Bond said. "Everybody's mind was on that. It wasn't on the job. We just felt like in his honor, in his memory, we could just stop whatever the county was doing at that point and go and try to be with the family."

Over at Wiggins First Baptist Church, hundreds of visitors showed up to support the family of Duncan Hatten, and to pay their final respects to a man whose life was taken violently. Duncan Hatten's cousin, Allen Hatten, said the people of Stone County have been a great comfort for the family.

"The feeling that the family has knowing that this community is here for them and for each other, it's hard to describe," said Allen Hatten. "Right now, I could call in one phone call, I could call 5 or 50 friends, relatives, neighbors in the community out doing whatever needs to be done. It's a good feeling."

Friends, constituents and co-workers describe Duncan Hatten as a person who cared about his community. They wanted to show that the community loved him just as much.

"How he handled people," said Bond. "How he always had the county in his heart. He put it first. He was very dedicated and sincere, and he worked real hard for the county. It's certainly going to be a great loss."

On Friday, a justice court judge denied bond to the man charged with killing Duncan Hatten. Judge Jeffrey O'Neal said because of the severity of the crime and his prior record, capital murder suspect Bobby Hendrix is a danger to the community. The judge appointed an attorney to represent Hendrix.

Hatten was found shot once to the chest inside his garage. Stone County Sheriff officials say police dogs led them to Hendrix's home, which is in the same neighborhood. Authorities say they believe the murder was part of a home invasion.