Odis R. Sutton, 85
FAISON — Mr. Odis Ray Sutton, 85, of 3766 Suttontown Road, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Sampson Regional Medical Center,
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Goshen United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rochele Bailey and the Rev. Clayton Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in the Sutton Family Cemetery.
Born in Sampson County in 1928, Odis was the fourth of ten children born to the late Betty Pearl Vann and Harvey Monk Sutton on Cotton Road. Odis attended Piney Grove School before joining the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a drill instructor on Parris Island. After his service, Odis returned to Sampson County where he was a lifetime farmer, cattleman later a swine grower and tobacco grader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 30 years. He continued to hold daily meetings with business associates at Bojangle's.
Odis was a long standing member of Goshen United Methodist Church of Suttontown Road. He relished church activities, including singing in the choir and hosting community dinners. He served on the administrative board of the church in various roles and was the Sunday School superintendent. His steadfast attendance made him a leader in the church. Odis delighted in attending and participating in gospel sings; but of all this Odis was most proud of being a winger for the Viewmasters.
Odis is survived by his wife of 65 years, Edna Earl Britt Sutton; one daughter, Brenda Gail Sutton Carpenter and husband, Frank Carpenter, of Fayetteville; two sons, Odis Wayne Sutton and wife, Diane Sutherland of Suttontown and Arnold Ray Sutton and wife, Tina Rowe of Kenly; five grandchildren, Cecilia Navy, Catherine Graham, Tart and Haley Sutton and their mother, Melba Sutton, and Gabriel Sutton; two step-grandchildren, Jennifer Britt and Heather Lockamy; two great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Eliana Brynn Navy.
He is survived by his siblings, Leatrice Spell of Sanford, Billy Sutton of Clinton, Raven Sutton of Fayetteville, Gaynelle Shipp of Clinton, Patricia Malpass of High Point and lately adopted sister, JoAnne Hollowell. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Ambert, Harvey and Delmas and his sister, Elizabeth Normile.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. prior to the services at the church and other times at his home.
Online condolences at www.royalhallfuneralhome.com.
Royal-Hall Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sutton family.