Howard W. Sutton

March 30, 1928April 28, 2013
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Howard Wayne Sutton, age 85, well-known Rogers High School football and basketball coach, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2013, at his home. He was born in Huntsville on March 30, 1928, to the late Theodore “Ted” and Blanche (Franklin) Sutton. Howard was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and received his bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Edmond, Okla. He was deployed to serve in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, and after his tour of duty he returned to Springdale and married Betty Jean Freeman. He later attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville from which he received his Master’s degree. He moved to Rogers and became the basketball and football coach for the high school. After successful years of coaching, he became principal of Rogers High School, and remained in that position for many years. Howard was inducted into both the Rogers and Springdale sports halls of fame for his sporting activities – both playing and coaching. Howard was a strong disciplinarian, but under this was a quiet, strong and gentle man. He loved all sports and enjoyed playing golf. Above all, he loved his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty Sutton, of the home; son, Thomas Sutton and wife, Andrea Casher, of Philadelphia; sisters, Linda Holler and Patsy Stiles; brother, Hal and wife, Kristi; brother-in-law, Jerry Freeman and wife, Frances; granddaughters, Leah and Kyra Sutton. He will also be missed by countless friends, classmates, students and athletes. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Kevin Sutton. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Central United Methodist Church in Rogers. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004, or online at Arrangements are by Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Irene Davis

May 23, 2014

Betty,I think of you and hope your are ok. Howard was a great person. and friend to Paul.

May 20, 2014

Betty, I am truly sorry for your loss. Howard was lovely man, and I know mother misses him daily. Marianne Jones

Miriam Harness

May 7, 2013

Betty, Being the amazing woman that you are; it's no surprise you married a great man! The memorial service was a beautiful tribute to Howard's life. Sixty years together says so much about you both; your commitment, love and dedication to God and each other. You are a blessing and inspiration, and I'm praying for you always! Love,

Terri Rodgers

May 6, 2013

Rest in peace Mr. Sutton. You will always be a true inspiration in all our hearts!

Cleve Branscum

May 3, 2013

Coach, Thank you for all you did for the athletes and students of Rogers High School. You reminded me of the Coach from Hoosiers! You also came back from the military and coached his team to a state championship. Thanks again because you helped me grow into a better man, Cleve Branscum

Charles Gibson

May 3, 2013

I played football at RHS from 1957- 1959
under Coach Sutton. We never cursed at pratice or during a game and we treated the refs with respect. Coach turne boys into men and men into gentle-men.

Denise LaBeff

May 3, 2013

It was a profound honor and delightful pleasure to know Howard and Betty, through Steve Ash. We spent delightful evenings together, sharing rich stories and memories.

I am saddened to hear of Howard's passing, and my heart-felt sympathies go out to Betty, Tom, and all the family. Howard leaves a magnificent legacy to be proud of. God bless.

Todd, Carol, Audrey and Wyatt Verge

May 2, 2013

We are so sad to hear of your loss Ms. Betty. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during the days to come.

David Adams

May 2, 2013

Betty, I was sorry to hear of your loss. The two of you made so many wonderful contributions to the lives of so many students who passed through RHS. Thanks for all you have done to positively impact students! May God's comfort and peace be with you and the rest of your family.

Donald Larson

May 2, 2013

Betty, I am deeply sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.