Eugene H. "Joe" Sutton

May 5, 1944March 31, 2018

Eugene H. “Joe” Sutton, 73, of Crystal River, Florida, passed away on March 31, 2018 at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. A native of Clarksburg, W. Va., he was born May 5, 1944 to Eugene Hamilton Sr. and Barbara Irene (Dulin) Sutton, one of two children. Joe, as he was known to many, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida as a boy in 1950, as his father was a foot doctor for the St. Louis Cardinals. He attended schools in Pinellas Park and the Lealman area of St. Petersburg and then completed Emergency Medical Technician training at St. Petersburg College. Joe was employed by Dairy-Mix, Inc., first as a plant worker and driver, then retiring as plant manager after a 37 year career. Mr. Sutton also served with the Lealman Fire Company in Pinellas County for 18 years, serving as fireman and EMT and attaining the rank of Captain. He was also a training officer and member of the Board. Joe also drove a school bus in Pinellas County for 7 years. Joe served his country honorably and proudly on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966 and then as a reservist from 1966-1969. Sgt. Sutton was a survivor of the Battle of Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, a battle that was historically told in the movie “We Were Soldiers”. Sgt. Sutton was an expert marksman (rifle) and earned the Combat Infantryman’s badge. As a member of the 8th Army Rifle Team, Sgt. Sutton competed in the USARPAC Matches held in Hawaii in 1964. Joe retired in 2005 and moved to Ozello, Florida, where the family had a weekend vacation home that he built with the help of friends. Joe was an avid fisherman, SCUBA diver, snorkeler and airboater. He will be greatly missed by his family and Ozello community friends, especially since he was a member of the Island Outpost morning male bonding coffee klatch. He is survived by his wife Barbara; son Troy Sutton and his wife Amanda; nephew Brian Hayes and his wife Dawn; great nephew Jakes Hayes; sister-in-law Marilu Carter and her two sons, Danny and Dubois Danmole. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Penny Sue Sutton Hayes. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at the Ozello Island Church, on Sat., April 21, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Jim Roper officiating. Military honors will also be rendered by the Florida Army National Guard and a repast will follow in the fellowship hall. No flowers please. If you wish, you may make memorial contributions to Ozello Island Church; Metropolitan Ministries; Shriner’s Hospital for Children; Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast or Wounded Warrior Project. Services entrusted to Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida.


  • Eugene Hamilton Sutton Sr., Father
  • Barbara Irene Dulin, Mother
  • Penny Sue Sutton Hayes, Sister
  • Barbara C. Sutton, Loving wife of 55 years, Crystal River, FL
  • Troy Sutton, Son
  • Amanda Sutton, Daughter-in-law
  • Brian Hayes, Nephew
  • Dawn Hayes, Niece-in-law
  • Jake Hayes, Great nephew
  • Marilu Carter, Sister-in-law
  • Danny Danmole, Nephew
  • Dubois Danmole, Nephew



  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 21, 2018


  • Repast Follows The Celebration

Eugene H. "Joe" Sutton

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Michael Huff

April 18, 2018

I've met a lot of men with big hearts but Joe had the biggest ! We shared some wonderful times together and made memories both on the water and off that I will never forget. Joe will always symbolize the true meaning of Red, White and Blue to me. A true American war hero with true grit. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN ! Your friend Mike Huff.


April 12, 2018

To Barbara and Troy,
Debbie and I have many happy fond memories of all our visits with the Sutton"s. I have known Barbara for over 50 years. She and her sister Marilu lived next door to where we grew up together in Tampa, Florida. they were my 2nd family and i have always considered them as my 3rd and 4th sister. They helped raise me as I was much younger than they were. My mother raised 3 children without the support of my father. I am not exactly sure how old I was when I first met Joe, but I know I was very young. Joe was a hero to us all. He served our country in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. We are very thankful for his courage in protecting our freedom. We have so many memories of our get together's, that I can't list them all. Joe loved the out doors and was always fishing and boating. He often included our family to join his family with this joy. Joe will always be remember as loving husband, father and friend to me. Our hearts will always be filled with his love toward us. He has been called to yet another duty in heaven to watch over all of us. God bless you Joe, you will never be forgotten, Ken, Debbie Dockter