Herbert Nutter, 76, funeral home owner and director

March 14, 2006

Herbert E. Nutter, a former Baltimore funeral director, died of a heart attack March 7 at Northwest Hospital Center. The Windsor Mill resident was 76.

Mr. Nutter was born in Baltimore and raised on Druid Hill Avenue. As a youngster, he began running errands for Helen A. Holland, who was the owner of the George H. Holland Funeral Home.

Before his 1948 graduation from Douglass High School, Mr. Nutter studied embalming at Mrs. Holland's establishment and later was certified as a mortician.

He opened the Herbert E. Nutter Funeral Home on West North Avenue in 1958, remaining there until building and opening a new funeral establishment in the 2500 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway in 1987.

He was later joined by his two sons and renamed the business Herbert E. Nutter and Sons Funeral Home. Several years ago, it merged with Howell Funeral Services.

At his death, Mr. Nutter was semiretired.

"His hobby was his work. He loved his work so much that he never took a vacation," said his son, Ernest R. Nutter of Reisterstown.

"He was a very quiet and kind man who would do anything for anybody if he saw a need," said Madge R. Cannon, a friend for nearly 70 years.

Services for Mr. Nutter will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Douglas Memorial Community Church, Lafayette and Madison avenues.

Surviving, in addition to his son, are a daughter, Deloria A. Terry of Windsor Mill, and two grandchildren.

Mr. Nutter's wife of 46 years, the former Vivian Terry, died in 2002. Another son, Courtney M. Terry, died in 2004.

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