MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. Amy Victoria Sutton, age 42, a native of Tuscaloosa County, died Thursday, October 4, 2012, at her residence in Madeira Beach, Florida. Amy was born on April 13, 1970. She is the daughter of Vicki Dyer Richardson (Royce) of Tuscaloosa, and Charles David Sutton (Lisa) of Atlanta, Ga.
Amy held undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Master's Degree in English Education, and Bachelor Degrees in both Communications and in Language Arts. She was an educator in her own right, teaching English curriculum studies at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, and at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Other academic achievements and honors included: State of Alabama Teaching Certification, Professional Educator, Class A; Kappa Delta Pi, Graduate School Honor Society, UA; Gamma Phi Beta, Undergraduate Honor Society, UA; Intercollegiate Exchange Student, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California; Scholarship Recipient, Georgetown University; and International Exchange Student, Henley College, Berkshire, England.
Amy was also an accomplished business professional, and held training, project management, and sales and marketing support positions of increasing responsibility with major firms in Birmingham and in Atlanta.
She was an ardent physical fitness expert, developing and managing her own company, Inertia Personal Training, in Tuscaloosa from 2004 to 2009, and directing other health clubs and fitness centers in the Southeast, completing numerous state and national certifications as a personal trainer and fitness instructor.
Amy's greatest joys in life revolved around friends, family and fun. She was a devoted learner and was passionate about teaching, earnestly sharing her knowledge with others. She held a special place in her heart for the education and nurturing of children. She was an avid reader, consuming books in hours or days versus weeks, and on every topic imaginable no matter the complexity. She held strong opinions, and was most inspired by observing and contributing to the joy of others. Amy will be missed by everyone she touched.
A celebration of Amy's life will be held at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South, 6100 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at 7 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
A scholarship in the name of Amy Victoria Sutton has been established at the University of Alabama's College of Communications. Contributions may be made to Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0172.
Amy is predeceased by her grandparents Hood and Delores Darcey Dyer, and Ralph and Arvilee Barnette Sutton, of Tuscaloosa.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by many relatives and friends.