Harry Warner Sutton, passed away on April 14, 2012, at the Newton County Nursing Home. He had been a resident of the nursing home for two months after an extended illness. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved his wife and family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Holt Memorial Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, April 18 also at Holt Memorial Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Tarlton Cemetery near Lurton, AR at 2:00 p.m. Stan Taylor will officiate. Pallbearers are nephews, Johhny Thompson, Ben Thompson, Mark Thompson, Kennneth Hill, Jerry Henson, and Terry McCutcheon. Honorary pallbearers are Don Sutton, Lloyd Sutton, Sonny Sutton, and Larry Martin.
Harry was born on September 15, 1919, at the old Sutton Place in Lurton, Arkansas, to Irving Clarence Sutton and Cornelia A. (White) Sutton and lived there until graduating from high school. He attended school in Spence and Lurton and graduated from Deer High School in 1938. After graduation he went to Zion, IL to work at Zion Industries.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1944 and served during WWII until May 1946. He was know as "The Old Man" on the submarine because he was older than most of the crew. He served in many positions during his time on the USS Spot. He held the rank of Fireman 1st Class and took advanced math and several other mechanical and engineering courses while in the service.
After returning from the Navy, he came back to the Lurton area and managed the logging woods crew for the I.C. Sutton Handle Factory. He continued working in the family business all his life. The handle factory was moved to Harrison in 1952. He retired from Sutton Products in 1981.
He married Yvonne Dickey on May 16, 1948 in the Sutton Home at Lurton. To that union three children were born. The family lived in Lurton, Arkansas until 1952 and then moved to Harrison, where he lived until shortly before his death.
He was very active in Kiwanis and the Masons serving in several capacities in both clubs. He received his 50-year pin several years ago from each organization. During the time he was president of the Kiwanis Club, the club was instrumental in helping to sponsor the Shawnee Valley Boys Ranch (now known as the Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch.) He was a 32nd degree Freemason.
He and his wife, Yvonne, traveled the world square dancing. He called dances for many square dance clubs in the United States as well as in foreign countries. He taught square dance classes to hundreds of couples and also ran a caller's teaching program. He and his wife were inducted into the Arkansas Square Dance Association Hall of Fame in 1978.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers ,I.C. Sutton, Jr., Charles Henry Sutton, and Albertus White Sutton; a sisters, Mary Minerva Sutton Thompson; and his son, Joseph Herman Sutton.
Survivors include his wife of almost 64 years; daughter-in-law, LouAnn Daugherty Sutton, of Harrison; his son and his wife, Steven Walter and Rosemary Hagarty Sutton, of Conway; his daughter and her husband, Marcia Sue and Doyle Myrlas Ingram, of Conway; grandchildren, Monica Lynn Sutton, of Dallas, TX, Matthew Gregory Sutton and wife, Andrea Alligood Sutton, of Mesa, AZ, Glenda Yvonne Sutton, Cindy Sutton Phillips, Twighla Ingram York, Franklin Warner Ingram, and Timothy Doyle Ingram, all of Conway; and great grandchildren, Benjamin Ryan and Madelyn Kate Sutton, of Mesa, AZ, Jena Michelle and Marshall Steven Phillips, Alleigh Yvonne, Elizabeth "Liddy" Adeline and Jeremey Drake York, all of Conway.