Neill Edward Sutton

September 19, 1923March 29, 2013

Neill Edward Sutton, a resident of Whitehouse, Texas peacefully passed away at the age of 89 on March 29, 2013. He was born in Gorman, Texas to Edward C. Sutton and Martha Neill, on September 19, 1923.

He attended John Tarleton College before enlisting in the U.S. Army. A decorated veteran of World War II, he served with the 9th Infantry Division as a combat infantryman and was awarded two Bronze Stars and other commendations for his action in Germany and Europe. While very proud of his service to his country, Neill very seldom spoke of his time in combat and is one of the many unsung heroes of his generation. After discharge from the Army, Neill completed his formal education with a degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin before beginning a 35 year career with the Phillips Petroleum Company and was a very proud Texas Longhorn. After graduation, he began work at the Borger, Texas Copolymer Plant where he spent 11 years learning the synthetic rubber business. Neill then transferred to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where, except for 2 ½ years in Madrid and Santander, Spain, he performed process design for numerous facilities worldwide using Phillips’ technology. He retired in 1985 as Chief Process Engineer for Synthetic Rubber and K-Resin.

He moved to Austin, Texas in 1990 and then to Whitehouse, Texas in 2012 to be near his great grandson whom he loved dearly. Neill was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Nadine Ferrell Sutton. He is survived by his step-daughter, Jacquelyn Nadine Ripley, and husband Joe Dean Ripley of De Leon, Texas, two grandchildren, James Patrick Ripley of De Leon and Julia Dianne Tiller and husband Steven Tiller of Tyler, Texas; and great grandson Cole Steven Tiller of Tyler, Texas.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.

For those desiring, memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Alec Engineering Annual Fund at the University of Texas.

Please visit Mr. Sutton’s memorial at where you can share memories and condolences with his family.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 30, 2013

Neill Edward Sutton

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Todd Venable

May 21, 2013

My wife and I bought Mr. Sutton's house in Austin, TX in the summer of 2012. He was a very nice and hospitable man to me and my family.

Carolyn Hinckley Boyle

April 2, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. My mother, June Benefield Hinckley, was Neil's cousin, and she spoke of him fondly. God bless you as you grieve and process a lifetime of memories.

Paul Thompson

April 2, 2013

Neill was a close friend of our family. Nadine was a close friend of my mother, Laveta Thompson. Neill was a close friend of Oscar Doss Thompson, my father. Neil and my father worked together in Borger, Texas rubber pilot plant, in Spain together and again in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. My mother used to play bridge with Nadine in Bartlesville and both were members at the First Baptist Church in Bartlesville. About 7 years ago after they moved to Austin we visited them. As Ocar and Laveta's son I enjoyed throwing the football with Neil and thoroughly enjoyed Nadines' humor and kindness. My mother had been thinking about Neill this past week before the obituary appeared in the Bartlesville paper. Both Neill and Nadine graced our lives with their infectious kindness and will definitely be missed. May the grace of our Lord Bless your family in this time of need and give you the same wonderful hope that they shared with others. Paul Thompson

Charles Leigh

April 1, 2013

Neil was always a rather quiet individual while I knew him at the Copolymer plant. One could always depend on receiving a pleasant smile when encountering Neil anywhere in the plant or in Borger.
It is true that Neil rarely or never discussed his experiences during WWII, at least not with myself or his colleagues. Neil will sorely be missed some due to the fact there are currently few of his stature around any more in America.