A.I. Sutton, 86, of Brownwood, passed away on Wednesday July 2, 2008. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 5, 2008, at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Father Thomas G. Keithly and Father Nelson Koscheski officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
A.I. was the oldest child born to Allen and Lois (Estep) Sutton on May 20, 1922, in San Saba, Texas. He was raised and educated in San Saba, representing San Saba FFA in Kansas City, Mo., in 1939. He also attended Sul Ross State University.
A.I. married his “Girl” Gladys (Yankee) Corns on June 3, 1943.
He was a devout Christian and a long time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brownwood, serving on many committees and holding many vestry offices.
Sutton was a long-time Mason who was initiated, passed, and raised in Mineral Wells Masonic Lodge No. 611 in 1956. He affiliated with Brownwood Lodge No. 279 in 1957 and also joined Brownwood Chapter, Council, Commandery. Other Masonic honors include Master of Brownwood Lodge ‘61-’62, District Deputy Grand Master ‘63, Grand Senior Deacon ‘76, District Instructor, Secretary of Masonic bodies, 50 year Certificate of Proficiency, first recipient of Golden Trowel Award ‘94, Cryptic Triangle award ‘99, Excalibur Award ‘06, 50 year Service Award ‘06.
A.I. also served his country in World War II as a ball turret gunner for the 8th Army Air Corps., 447th Bomb Group, 708th Squadron. He completed over 30 missions on B-17 Flying Fortress “Stinky.” A.I. received an Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, an AD EAME Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. During this time he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After an honorable discharge from the United States Army Air Corps, he spent seven years in Birmingham, Ala., as an employee of the Burroughs Corporation. He was then transferred to Mineral Wells and in 1956 came to Brownwood. In November 1960, he purchased Central Texas Office Equipment Company, later to be known as A-1 Office Machines. Sutton and Yankee also established Four Corners Gift Shop. He later worked for Brownwood Memorial Hospital.
A.I. was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Lois Sutton, and son Gary Sutton. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Yankee, of Brownwood; daughter Sandy Sargent and husband Mickey of Eastland; son Scott Sutton and wife Rita of Mason; daughter Leigh Anne Sutton of Big Spring; grandchildren Albany Siam and husband Dan of Brownwood; Angela Ontiveros and husband Joe of Early; Kyle Sargent and wife Kristi of Itasca; Jim Sutton and wife Amanda of Brownwood; Wes Sutton and Jessica Sutton of San Angelo; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Reba Monroe of Sanderson; Dorothy Deaton and husband Jack of Sanderson; sister-in-law Myra Myrick of Canyon Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
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