King Sutton

Posted 11/8/22

King Bryce Sutton, 81, Paris, passed away at 9:16 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at Horizon Health Paris Community Hospital. He was the retired owner of Sutton & Son Funeral Homes of Paris and …

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King Sutton


King Bryce Sutton, 81, Paris, passed away at 9:16 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at Horizon Health Paris Community Hospital. He was the retired owner of Sutton & Son Funeral Homes of Paris and Kansas, Illinois, and a licensed funeral director for fifty-eight years.

A celebration of life is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Templeton Funeral Home with the Reverend Michael Pringle officiating. Burial follows in Paris Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1941, in Blue Island, the son of the late Chester P. and Dorothea V. Williams Sutton. He married Rev. Lois Elaine Heckler on September 23, 1977, in Paris, and she survives.

Other survivors include three children, Aimee (Ian) Moore of Effingham, Ray (Ann) Sutton of Marion and Dr. Bryce Sutton of Silver Springs, Md.; a brother, Perry Sutton of New Albany, Ohio; a sister, Miriam Watson of Linton, Ind.; four grandchildren, Isabel, Sophia and Eli Moore and Brooke Sutton; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Geoffrey Sutton.

Mr. Sutton attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before graduating from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Mr. Sutton’s life was marked by service to God, his country, his community, and his profession. He was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church of Paris where he served in numerous capacities including member, past chairman and treasurer of the Board of Trustees, and Sunday School teacher and was honored to serve as the fund drive chairman to obtain the property now known as Methodist Park. He was a past director of Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, a current director and past president of Paris Community Nurse Association where he enjoyed hosting the annual Christmas Basket program for over forty years, a longtime member and former director, treasurer, secretary, and president of Paris Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and Man of the Year award recipient, a Life Member of Prairie Lodge #77 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, a Life Member of AASR Valley of Danville, a Life Member of Ansar Shrine Club, a member of Edgar County Shrine Club, and a past director and president of Paris Youth Center. He had served on the Board of Directors of United Way of Edgar County, as a former vice-chair of the Edgar County Heart Association, and as a current board member and past president of the Sutton Senior Center. He was also a past president of the Edgar County Human Resources Center and was instrumental in raising funds for a new building and grounds. Sutton was also very active in Paris Development Corporation (PEDCO) where he had served as president, and he was quietly proud of his role in bringing North American Lighting to Paris, resulting in a record number of jobs in his community. He enjoyed serving as chairman of the board of the Edgar & Clark Counties Mass Transit Authority. King served his fellow veterans as a member and past commander of American Legion Post #211, a past commander of the 18th District of the American Legion Department of Illinois and had served in his local Honor Guard. In his spare time, Sutton enjoyed flying and maintained his private pilot’s license for many years. He served as the first chairman of the Edgar County Airport Boosters Club, was a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, and the Flying Funeral Directors Association.

His professional memberships included the Illinois Funeral Directors Association where he served as 2003-2004 State President and was awarded honorary Life Membership in 2005, a Life Member of Professional Funeral Service Practice, as well as the Indiana Wabash Valley, National, Vermilion County, and Tri-County Funeral Directors Associations, Funeral Arrangers Association, National Funeral Service Credit Union Board of Directors, an ambassador of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, British Institute of Embalmers, and a past president of East Central Funeral Directors Association. He also served on several committees of the National Funeral Directors Association and had been published in their magazine.

Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post #211

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