Wayne Sutton

June 19, 1947November 2, 2012

Howard Wayne Sutton loved his country, serving in the U.S. Army as a small weapons specialist during the Vietnam War. He loved God and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Springdale. He loved his wife, Dyann Cochran Sutton, his children and grandchildren above anything else. He was a devoted husband of 31 years and the father of John Wayne Sutton, Amy Michelle Sutton, Ryan Anthony Sutton and Mitchell Kyle Sutton.

Wayne passed away Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Circle of Life Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale from complications associated with congestive heart failure. He was 65.

Wayne was born June 19, 1947 in Reichert, Oklahoma to Howard and Ruby Metcalf Sutton. He graduated from Heavener, Oklahoma High School in 1965 and joined the Army in 1969. He served in Vietnam from March 1970 to January 1971 and was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Valorous Unit Award. He was married to Gladys Pittman in 1969, and they had two children, John and Amy. Gladys passed away in 1978. Wayne and Dyann Cochran were married December 27, 1980 in Fort Smith and had two sons, Ryan and Mitchell. Wayne retired in 2002 after 33 years with Pepsi Co. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, University of Arkansas sports and watching professional wrestling with Ryan and houseful of friends.

He is survived by his wife, Dyann, of the home; his son, John, daughter-in-law Mandy and grandsons, Gabe and Lucas of Salesville, AR; his daughter, Amy of Fayetteville; his son, Mitchell of Springdale; his brother, Charles Sutton and his wife, Ruth of Tulsa, OK; his sister, Sharon and her husband, Bill Brewer of Bartlesville, OK; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog and companion, Baxter. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Ryan.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 5, 2012 at First United Methodist Church on Johnson Avenue in Springdale. Visitation will follow from 1 – 2 p.m. at McConnell Funeral Home, 137 No. Main St. in Greenwood with the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery in Milltown.

Pallbearers will be Brett Sutton, Mike Brewer, Stephen Canada, Devin Cochran, Casey Cochran and Brian Cochran.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Support Network, 6836 Isaac’s Orchard Road, Springdale, AR 72762.


  • Memorial Service Monday, November 5, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 5, 2012

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Paul Riggins

January 25, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Wayne's passing away. I just heard about this today. He was a wonderful class mate and friend.


November 7, 2012

So sorry to hear about Wayne. I know you have wonderful memories.
We are thinking of you and your family and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Kim Elliott Craig

November 5, 2012

Dyann and family, I was saddened to read of Wayne's passing. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and I will be praying for your strength and courage in the days and months ahead. My parents thought so much of Wayne and he will be truly missed.

Becky Sadler

November 4, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you love you

Gracie Shelton

November 4, 2012


I was so sad to get the call from Sharon last night. Wayne was like a brother to me growing up in Reichert,Ok. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Gracie Fortner Shelton

Galen & Wilma Black

November 4, 2012

We were sadden to read of Wayne's death. Our thoughts are with you during this time of grief.

Brenda Sweeten

November 4, 2012

I was so saddened to hear that Wayne had passed on,he was a wonderful man and came from a wonderful family.Our prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless,
Brenda Welch Sweeten

Judi Jamieson

November 3, 2012

I'm very sorry for your loss Dyann. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Gayla McCarson Morrow

November 3, 2012

So sorry to hear about Wayne, I sure will miss him, such a great guy, talked to him a little over a month ago and he said he was having a good day. Love you both.