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James Howard Sutton

June 17, 1935 - December 2, 2022 • Age 87

James Howard Sutton, age 87, of Alto, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2022.

Born on June 17, 1935, in Waynesboro Tennessee, he was a son of the late Sherman Thomas Sutton and Pearl Gobbell Sutton. Mr. Sutton was a United States Air Force veteran, and was retired from Shell Oil Company. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church, where he served as a Missionary, Head Elder, and international Lay Minister. Mr. Sutton hosted Loving the Truth on WFMH Radio, and was an Ambassador for Adventist World Radio (AWR) and also spent a lot of time serving in Prison Ministries helping to spread the Gospel. He was also a member of Kiwanis, Rotary, and served as Deputy Sheriff. He enjoyed being outdoors on his cattle ranch, as well as, fishing and hunting in his spare time. Mr. Sutton was an avid storyteller, who also played the Upright Bass in the Bluegrass/Gospel band, Back Porch Harmony.  He was also an amazing gardener, growing fields of beans, tomatoes, okra, and corn, and would give the larger share to the less fortunate.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother, Sherman Thomas Sutton, Jr.; twin brothers, Bobby Gene Sutton and Harold Dean Sutton; sister, Helen Pearl Beard.

Survivors include wife, Carolyn Roth Sutton of Alto; sons and daughter-in-law, James Matthew Thomas Sutton of Walnut Creek, California, and Andrew Kent Rathbun (Pamela) of Flowery Branch; grandchildren, Eden Grace, Zion Kent, and Avianne Faithe; two nieces, one nephew, and sister-in-law; a host of extended family, neighbors, and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 8th at the Gainesville Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 2695 Old Cornelia Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30507.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.





Revised: 12/6/2022 10:30pm