St. Elmore Sutton
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Lucas Tabernacle Church of Christ Holiness for Mr. St. Elmore Sutton, 84, who died Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at his residence. Elder Rufus Fields, pastor, officiated with interment following in Lucas Cemetery in Silver Creek. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. St. Elmore Sutton is the son of the late William L. and Victoria Sutton. He attended Prentiss Institute and joined the Air Force. He received his Associate in Arts and Education and Electronic Technology from El Camino Community College in Hawthorne, California.
He met Queen Ester Bourne in grammar school and married in 1956 and moved to California. He worked with Southern California Edison Company for 25 years. He was a Substation, First Operator and served 26 years as an Air Force Reservist. He received many awards from church, military and civic organizations.
Mr. Sutton united with Christ Temple Church of Christ Holiness of Los Angeles, California. Later, he joined New Testament Church of Christ Holiness, where he served as chairman of the deacon board, Sunday School Superintendent and a choir member. After moving back to Mississippi, he united with Lucas Tabernacle Church of Christ Holiness. He served of Treasurer of the National Sunday School, Treasurer of HYPU, Treasurer of the Western Diocese, Treasurer of the National Mission Board, the President of the National Deacon Relief Board, and Chairman of New Testament Church Deacon Board, and, recently, District and Lucas Sunday School Superintendent. He was president of the National Association Advancement of Color People (NAACP), of Jefferson Davis County.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Novella, Minnie “B”ester, Alice Pearl, Alma Duffy and Delores Magee; brothers, Leon, Samuel Lee, Alexander, Wade and LW Sutton; brothers-in-law, Emory Greene, Jr. and Denise Howard, and granddaughter, Mitrice Richardson-Sutton.
Mr. Sutton is survived by his wife of 61 years, Queen Ester Sutton of Silver Creek; children, Ava (Charles) Davis of Stockbridge, Georgia, Jonathan (Lauren) Sutton of Atlanta, Georgia, and Phillip L. Sutton of Inglewood, California; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Thomas (Mary Etta) Sutton of Jackson, James M. Sutton of Jackson, Bobby (Louis) Sutton of Jackson, Oliver (Pam) Sutton of Dacula, Georgia, and Margaret Howard of Jackson; two sisters-in-law and many other relatives and friends.