John Edwin Sutton

March 30, 1930June 8, 2018
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John E. Sutton reported to the staff of the Supreme Commander on June 8, 2018. Mr. Sutton was born on March 30,1930, in Findlay, Ohio.

Predeceased by his father, Charles; mother, Emma; sister, Frances; brothers, Dale and Robert. He leaves behind 3 daughters, Cynthia Burright of Las Vegas, NV, Donna Miller of LaMesa, CA, and Rita Miscally of Middleburg; and his constant companion, Lucy Freeman.

Mr. Sutton graduated from Findlay Senior High School in June 1947 and immediately started his military career enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon completion of his first enlistment, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1952 where he served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired in 1970 as a Chief Warrant Officer and a well-decorated veteran. He moved to Atlantic Beach, FL in 1988 and became active in the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 290, where he served three terms as Vice President and three terms as President. He has chaired and served on all of branch 290’s Committees and served on the BOD since 1988. In 2007, he became Vice President, Southeast Region, FRA. In 2008, he served as President, Southeast Region and later served on the National Board of Directors. As a continuous member of FRA since 1967, he was twice named National Shipmate of the Year for Public Relations. His love of country, family and the FRA will be missed by all those who knew him.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the Chapel of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME BEACHES CHAPEL, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL. The family will receive friends Monday at the funeral home from 5-7 pm and on Tuesday morning from 10:30 am -11 am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, McGraw Center.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME BEACHES CHAPEL, Jacksonville Beach, FL.


  • Rita Miscally, Daughter
  • Cynthia Burright, Daughter
  • Donna Miller, Daughter
  • Lucy Freeman, Companion

  • Community Hospice Mcgraw Center


  • Visitation Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018

John Edwin Sutton

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Scott Fussnecker

June 11, 2018

My heart is broken by the passing of a great Man, Sailor, Friend and Mentor. Prayers go out to the entire Sutton Family. John, you will be missed by all who have known you and may you Rest In Peace. Goodbye Shipmate, Fair winds and following seas.

Rebecca Clark

June 10, 2018

I remember the first time I met my great uncle when I was stationed at NAS Mayport. As I was walking up the walkway he opened up the door and told me that he would have recognized me any where because I looked like his mother. My Mom's side of the family is very small and it was a privilege to finally met the uncle my Mom had fond memories of growing up.

Cindy Burright

June 10, 2018

This man changed my life the day he married my mom and asked me to be his forever daughter by adopting me and giving me his name. It is one thing to gain a dad, but when that man loves you enough to want to make you part of his life and legacy, that is the greatest gift he could ever do. I was loved and more importantly, wanted by my forever Daddy. From him I gain a strength of will, a strong work ethic, a love for my country, and an example of how to raise my own children. Because he was usually out to sea on my birthday he worked hard to make up the time with me, mostly just him and me fishing on still waters. I loved fishing, but I loved my time with him best. As we grew older our paths drifted a bit but never so much that he was ever from my thoughts, my heart, or my love. And that is how he will always be.
I love you Daddy. And I expect you to find just the right fishing hole by the time I join you in Heaven.
God bless, and God speed John Sutton, My Daddy.
Love your daughter, Cynthia Sutton (Burright)