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Obituary For Carrol R. Sutton
By Steve Klein

  Carrol Ray Sutton was born on April 13, 1932 to Thomas and Irene Sutton in Limestone County, Alabama. He was 84 when he passed from this life on December 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as by his brother Douglas Sutton, his sister Joyce Ann Sutton, and two sisters-in-law, Catherine Sutton and Patsy Sutton. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mamie Cook Sutton, and by three brothers, Paul Sutton, Gerald Sutton and Charles Sutton (wife Georgia). Mr. Sutton has five children, Belinda Sutton-Mitchell, Thomas Sutton (wife Jane), Sandi Klein (husband Steve), Annette Beutjer (husband Tim), and Jonathan Sutton (wife Samantha). He also leaves 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and loved ones.

  The visitation will be at the Adams Brown Funeral Home in Albertville at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 26, 2016, with the funeral following at 2:00 p.m. with Tommy Thrasher officiating. Pallbearers are Rex Henson, Rodney Hampton, Donnie Rader, Mike Pack, Byron Pledger, and Dee Ledbetter. The grandsons are honorary pallbearers.

  Carrol Sutton adored his wife, loved his family, and cherished his brothers and sisters in Christ. He had few past times, but enjoyed caring for his horses. Above all, Carrol was a Christian who dedicated his life to preaching the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He preached his first sermon at the age of 14 and the last at the age of 84, two days before his passing. During his years of serving the Lord Jesus, he worked full-time with local congregations in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Alabama. He spent the last 53 years working with the East Albertville Church of Christ in Albertville, Alabama, where he also served as an elder since 1991. He preached regularly on the radio in Albertville and frequently in gospel meetings in several states. He held at least 34 formal debates on various religious topics. He was valiant for the truth, yet strove to be fair, compassionate, charitable, and amiable even with those who disagreed. For 53 years he also edited and published The Instructor, a monthly bulletin of helpful and challenging articles covering a wide array of Bible topics. He lived to glorify God, and to that end his life touched numberless lives; many were forever changed through the gospel that he shared so boldly. His passing is but a transition that he longed to make. He now awaits a glorious day and “the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

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