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Douglas Bret Sutton Sr.

January 22, 1959October 27, 2019

Douglas Bret Sutton Sr. went home to Jesus on October 27th, 2019 at age 60. Doug was born to Billy Ross Sutton and Sonya “Toni” Sutton on January 22, 1959 in Norfolk, Virginia. Doug met his wife, Wanda in 1978 and they married that same year. They shared 41 years of marriage and had three sons.

Doug was determined to live a life of service to the people around him. Whether it was providing for his family, volunteering by driving a bus or teaching Sunday school, or during the last 6 years of his life as he cared for his wife, Doug embodied the idea of Christlike humility always valuing others above himself. Throughout his entire life, he held an unwavering faith in God, which he shared with those who surrounded him. He will be dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.

He is survived by his Wife Wanda, three children, Bret (Sarah) Sutton, Chris (Jess) Sutton, and Tim Sutton. Granddaughter Luna Sutton, his sister Brenda Wade, brother Charles Brantley, step-brother Ed Resleff, step-sister Denise Grider, niece Brooke Brown, and stepmother Esther Sutton.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Point Church, 324 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451. Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

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  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, October 30, 2019


Douglas Bret Sutton Sr.

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Sarah Sutton

October 30, 2019

For DAYS I've tried to pinpoint one single memory that sticks out in my mind...and I can't...no matter HOW hard I try. 6 years of knowing Doug, seeing him and Wanda dailey...dating and marrying his AMAZING oldest son...seeing the strenth and absolute love Doug and Wanda have taught and shown their boys...its so hard to pinpoint just one moment in the beautiful legacy of love and faith that Doug leaves behind for ALL that knew him. Doug was like a second father to me, and I love him, as if he were my flesh and blood...many times I remember him referring to me as " the daughter God blessed us with" just as he refered to my sister in law, Jess. I remember the moments of him telling me that " God chose well" in regards to "his girls" and "prays all 3 of his boys have such love"...women that "God HIMSELF created for each one of his strong willed boys." I remember our inside jokes, his picking on me (heaven knows the Sutton family CAN'T be serious), but we did have our quiet serious moments, as well as our laugh out loud moments.....yet they all blur together in this absolutely BEAUTIFUL collage of memories and moments to create an amazing life that is and will for ever be the Sutton legacy....the legacy that Doug gifted each and EVERYONE of us. He will be missed in SO many ways, in SO many moments. But if I remember nothing else, if I recall nothing else, it is that he would want us all to live, to love, and to continue on. To thank God for every sun rise we are blessed with, for every new day we wake up to. To thank God for each moment to love and to share and to spread the eternal love of his faith. To all of our friends and family, just love one another. Never miss a moment to express that love. Never miss a moment to tell someone you love them. As the days and weeks and years pass us by, always, ALWAYS simply remember the love.....and as he said to me once " we will all wait for each other at the gates of heaven" until we are reunited Papa Doug.... I love you.

Charles Brantley

October 30, 2019

i remember that mom could get state tickets. So if I ever needed someone to go Doug was there in a minute. He turned me on to the Wolfpack and we have spent many years commiserating about the Wolfpack. I will never forget all the games at Reynolds and carter Finley and all the games we watched. What an amazing time see them win the national championship. Between the hated redskins and the pack my brother loved sports and loved to talk forever. Every time the redskins come on tv or I’m at a Wolfpack game I will always remember him

Donna Wellman

October 29, 2019

I was pretty close to Brenda’s family for the past 7 years or so. I had met Doug while visiting Toni in Southport, NC at Carillon Assisted Living. I witnessed his
devotion towards his family then! He would soon be faced with taking care of his beautiful wife Wanda, while trying to visit his mother, and trying to hold down a full time job! We talked a few times and right away I knew how much he loved the Lord, and his family!
I know he will be missed, but there is no doubt for those who knew him, and where he is now! Rejoice in the Lord forever Doug, right beside Toni!✝️

Nancy Mccorquodale

October 29, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Brenda. May God Bless. Nancy & Bobby

Chris Sutton

October 29, 2019

"I'm proud of you more than you could ever imagine. And now the biggest step you are about to take. I. Am praying for you. God will be with you each step of the way remember that and rely on it. Today you will see the most inportant thing to come into your life. And will need you more than you could possibly know. Such an awesome feeling. I know it for you gave that feeling to me 35 years ago. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, soul and might and He will direct your path. I love you son always will. Again Mom is so excited and wished we could be there but we are in heart. Be sure to send pictures when you get the chance" from dad to me after my daughter was born.

We didnt know if he would be able to meet Luna but he got to see her a few times and spend quality time with her.

Sometimes the answer to prayers comes in months.

Debbie Beasley

October 29, 2019

Doug has been part of my life since I was 18 years old. He married my best friend. I cannot imagine life without him here. He was such a good soul. I know he rests in God’s grace now and is no longer in pain. We grieve for him because we loved him so and will miss him greatly! I saw a passage once that related a family as like a body and the death of a loved one as like losing one of their limbs. Doug was such an important “limb” of the family and the loss can never be replaced, we will all now have to learn to live on without him.
I saw this passage and thought about Doug:
When I come to the end of the road, And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room; Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little, but not too long and not with your head bowed low!
Remember the love we once shared, MISS ME…BUT LET ME GO!
For this journey we all must take, and each must go alone;
it is all part of the Master's plan, a step on the road home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
I think Doug would have liked that passage. We know he is now free and is with the Lord. It does not make the pain and grief less but maybe easier to deal with knowing he is home.
All my love to you all! I am always here for anything you may need. He was my family too.

Esther Sutton

October 29, 2019

My deepest LOVE AND PRAYERS to Doug and Wanda, my dear stepson and stepdaughter, and to the family Bret, Christopher, and Timmy and their wives along with my stepdaughter Brenda (and Brooke too). My heart is deeply saddened at Doug's passing as he left us much too soon. His life will always be remembered for his faithfulness and dedication to God, his love for his family, and for his own Father, Billy Ross Sutton, who has gone on to be with the Lord. Doug's life was a wonderful Christian example for all to follow, and his loving care for his wife, Wanda, will always be especially remembered with love and affection. Our lives, mine, Denise and Ed's, were enriched because of Doug. He was loved by us all. We know where he is and one day we will all be with him again. Love you, Doug. May God be close to those left behind. We will miss you so much.
Love, "Mom" Esther.

Denise Grider

October 29, 2019

One special memory, for me, was the time we shared during Dad’s (Billy Ross) last few days on this earth. It was January, 2011, and Mom (Esther), Doug, my daughter Colleen, and I spent time together with Dad when he was in hospice. We wandered down memory lane and even shared a few laughs to the point where another visitor had to ask us to “quiet down and have some respect”. 😬
It was a very special, heart-warming, time that we shared as we watched Dad take his final breath and move on to his “forever home”. I know Dad was there waiting for Doug, with a big hug, as he entered Heaven a few days ago!

Jessica Sutton

October 29, 2019

It was my first time meeting Chris's family.  Chris and I had only been dating a short while, and I was nervous to be meeting his family so soon. We all went to dinner at the Chinese buffet. Doug held the reputation for always being the last to get up from the table, holding the record for most completed buffet trips. I sat across from him and said, "Well Doug, you're on. I'm going to give you a run for your money." Doug and I went toe to toe, and while I didn't beat him, we tied for equal trips and empty plates. Apparently he was impressed, because a few years later I was allowed to become a part of the Sutton family. Doug was always welcoming and kind. He gave me my husband, and he will be sorely missed.

Tim Sutton

October 29, 2019

My dad always took care of my family and I, but my dad also was a dad to all my friends. When I was in highschool one of my close friends was having a hard time at his house. My dad sat down with us and listened. Not only did he offer "adult" advice he let Steven(ziggy) move in with us. Even though he he had his own family to take care of he was always willing to help anyone he could. Always going above and beyond setting the best example of being achild of God and a wonderful father.