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  Thomas Clinton (T.C.) Sutton


Thomas Clinton (T.C.) Sutton of Casscoe, AR passed away May 17, 2018, at the age of 86. He was born October 17, 1931 in Casscoe, AR., to Franklin Clay Sutton and Agnes Russell Sutton. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, with his membership at Hunters Chapel UMC.

He is preceded in death by his father, Franklin Clay Sutton; his mother, Agnes Russell Shelton; his step-father, A.H. Shelton; one brother, Floyd O. Sutton; and one sister June Sutton Spellmeyer. He had two step-brothers, Otis Shelton and Dale Shelton; and one step-sister, Florene Shelton.

He is survived by his wife, June Felty Sutton and they had 63 wonderful years of marriage together. He is also survived by three children, Thomas (Tommy) Clay Sutton of Pine Bluff, Jeffrey (Jeff) K. Sutton (wife Lori) of Wildwood, MO, and Sheila June Turner (husband Michael) of Bee Branch, AR.  He has five grandchildren, Jason Sutton, Clay Sutton, Grant Leisure, Jonathan Sutton, Cody Turner (wife Lauren), and Macy Turner; and two great-grandsons, Josh and Levi Sutton.

Tom Sutton entered the Air Force in 1950, and was stationed in Fairbanks, AK. He was later transferred to Dover Delaware Air Base, where is met and married the love if his life, June Felty Sutton.

After leaving the Air Force, retired as a Staff Sergeant, they eventually ended up in Marietta and then Columbus, GA where he started his 30-year career with I.B.M. In 1968 the opportunity presented itself to transfer with I.B.M. to Pine Bluff, AR., so they moved and lived 20 years in Pine Bluff, AR.

Tom and June always knew they would end up living at his birthplace of Casscoe, AR. So, during the summer of 1979 they broke ground on their forever home. They worked together side by side on weekends, holidays and vacations to complete their house. Finally in 1987 they pack their last bag and became residents of the Casscoe Community.

Tom had many titles after he retired at 55 years of age. I think his favorite must have been a Historian of Casscoe and surrounding areas.  He knew where everyone lived, what they did during the depression, and could almost answer any question you had about any resident of Casscoe.

Tom, along with June and his step-brother Dale Shelton published a quarterly newspaper “Casscoe News Journal” that contained historical facts and stories about Casscoe “then and now”. He later became a guest columnist for the Stuttgart Daily Leader.

His hobbies included deer and duck hunting and he just enjoyed being outside. His passion was for preserving history with the collecting of antiques farm equipment. He collected other memorabilia from the area and had it on display for others to enjoy.

Tom built and operated the “Home Comfort Lodge” for duck and goose hunters for 10 years.

Among the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids the memories and tales are vast, but the one we all share is he was a story-teller, or some would better describe him as a lecturer. You never left his site without hearing his 30/30/30 life plan rule. Or, toward the end of his time, anyone who entered his site, was presented with a chore that needed to be done before you left.

Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Monday at Hunter’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Casscoe with burial following in Hunters Chapel Cemetery.

          Visitation is 4:00-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Turpin Funeral Home.

Rest in Peace, your legacy lives through you family now. You will never be forgotten, only remembered with wonderful memories.
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