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Sutton's body arrives stateside; funeral arrangements announced

A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton of Leesburg, Ga., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., May 29, 2012. Sutton was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Adrian R. Rowan)

A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton of Leesburg, Ga., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., May 29, 2012. Sutton was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Adrian R. Rowan)

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Lance Cpl. Steven Sutton

Steven Sutton

ALBANY, Ga. — LCpl Steven Sutton, U.S.M.C., 24 of Jacksonville, NC, formerly of Leesburg, died Saturday May 26, 2012 in the line of duty in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

His funeral service will be Wednesday, June 6, 2012 2 PM at First Baptist Church of Leesburg with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery with full Military Honors. The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 5, 2012 5 to 8 PM at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors.

Born in Tifton, LCpl Sutton grew up in Lee County and graduated from Lee County in 2007 where he played varsity football. He was a HERO to his wife, daughter and family and was known as a “Gentle Giant” and a great friend. He loved life, hunting and fishing.

LCpl Sutton join the U. S. Marine Corps in 2009 and was attached to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division.

Survivors include his wife Toni Senn Sutton, Leesburg; daughter Aubrey Smith, Leesburg; father Gene Sutton and wife Bonnie, Leesburg; mother Sue Etheridge, Sylvester; brother, Jack Sutton, Carson City, NV, Ches Balentine, Sylvester; sister, Nicki Tyre, Tallahassee, FL; grandparents, Bobbi Ford, Leesburg, Nell Rugg, Isabella, father and mother in law, Donny and Celia Senn, Leesburg; brother in law, Wadon Senn, Leesburg.

Those desiring please make donations to the Steven Sutton Memorial Account, c/o Heritage Bank of the South, P O Box 50728, Albany, GA 31703.

You may sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family of LCpl Sutton by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at www.kimbrellstern...>

Kimbrell-Stern

Funeral Directors

Albany 229/883-4152

DOVER, Del. — The remains of Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton arrived at Dover Air Force Base Tuesday, Marine Corps officials announced Friday.

Sutton was killed in Afghanistan May 26 in what has been described as a roadside bomb explosion.

Funeral arrangements for the 24-year-old husband and stepfather have been tentatively announced for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Leesburg. While the family has reportedly asked for a private service, crowds are expected to line the route from First Baptist to Crown Hill Cemetery for the processional.

The processional route is expected to go from the Leesburg city limits south along U.S. Highway 19 to Third Avenue in Albany. The processional will turn west onto Third and proceed onto Dawson Road and then to Crown Hill Cemetery.

Comments

loveavenue14 1 year, 10 months ago

I think the public display for LCPL Sutton is well overdue for all service members. People who sacrfice seeing the birth of their children, time away from their families, and dedicate themselves to their country should be appreciate more often. We show more support for musical artists and people who do not make as significant a difference in this country as do those men and women who give their lives up to protect and defend this country. I applaud the dedication of LCPL Sutton and his family that is left behind and all those men and women who continue to fight for our rights.

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