Tutwiler graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1902.
He worked as a sales agent for the Sloss-Sheffield Steel & Iron Company in 1914, incorporated the Ridgely Operating Co. in 1919, and was a partner with H. M. Brooks in the coal and iron wholesaler Tutwiler & Brooks in 1920. In 1929 he was involved with the North Birmingham Land Company, and in 1930 he was associated with the Black Creek Coal & Coke Company. He was also a director of the Birmingham Fire Insurance Company and a member of the board of governors for the Alabama Mining Institute. He also served as a president of the Birmingham Country Club.
In 1928 he purchased Greek-revival style Mountain Brook Model Estate on Mountain Brook Parkway. In his later years, Tutwiler was known as one of the popularizers of the sport of tennis, often seen on the courts at the Mountain Brook Club with fellow enthusiast Will Dunn.