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Robert Perkins Sugg

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Judge Robert Perkins Sugg, 93, died Friday, January 1, 2010. He was born in Eupora, Mississippi on February 21, 1916 to the late Amos Watson Sugg and Virgie Cooper Sugg.
A graduate of Eupora High School, he attended Wood Junior College, Mississippi State, and Jackson School of Law. He passed the bar in February of 1940 and returned to Eupora where he established a private law practice.
On June 23, 1940 he married Elizabeth Lorraine Carroll, also of Eupora. They had four sons, Robert Perkins Sugg, Jr., Charles William Sugg, John David Sugg, and an infant son who died in childbirth and was not named.
Judge Sugg served as an attorney in Eupora from 1940-1950. He was elected Chancery Court Judge in 1951 for the fourteenth district of Mississippi. He served there until 1970, when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He served there until he retired from the bench in 1983. Following his retirement, he was appointed Senior Status and in that role continued to serve as a trial judge until 1995. He visited several venues in the State to try cases.
He was an active member of the Mississippi and American Bar Association; as well as the American Legion and held various offices in that organization.
He is listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest (1950) and Who's Who in America.
He was active in First Baptist Church in Eupora until moving to Jackson where he became active in First Baptist Church Jackson. In both churches he served as Sunday school teacher, deacon, and on numerous committees. He especially enjoyed teaching English as a Second Language through the Friend-to-Friend Ministry to Internationals at FBCJ. He also served as an English tutor for students in reading at various Junior High schools in Jackson. He and his wife, Rene Sugg, taught ESL workshops through the Mississippi Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board.
Judge Sugg was an avid outdoorsman, seldom passing up an opportunity for hunting and fishing. He also had a great love for flying and obtained his private pilot's license. He then flew to court as often as possible. After his move to Jackson, he was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol and always enjoyed any time he spent at the wheel of his Cessna 172.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Joe Fox Sugg of Eupora, Elizabeth Sugg Furr of Columbus, William Ralph Sugg of West Point, and Amos Watson Sugg, Jr. of Eupora.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Lorraine Carroll Sugg, three sons: Robert Perkins Sugg, Jr. of Jackson, Mississippi; Charles William Sugg and John David Sugg, both of Atlanta, Georgia; five grandchildren: Harriet Sugg Lehnhoff of Orlando FL, Robert Perkins Sugg III of Wartrace, Tennessee, Carroll Gregory Sugg Speed of Columbus, Mississippi, John David Sugg Jr. and Ashley Sugg of Austin, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be this afternoon at Wright and Ferguson on High St. from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Interment will be Monday, January 4, 2010 at the City Cemetery in Eupora, Mississippi at 10:00am; followed by a celebration service at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi at 3:00pm.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Jan. 3, 2010
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