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11/05/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Horace Sutton

Horace Leland Sutton  Jr.
(d. 01 Nov 2011)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Saturday.
     Horace Sutton, father of    Sue Sutton Richardson ('62) of CA,   Lee Sutton ('64) of TN, and Winkie Sutton Stratton of WA, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at the age of 95.

From the Daily Press - 11/05/11:

             Horace L. Sutton, Jr.



NEWPORT NEWS - Horace Leland Sutton Jr., 95, died on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at a local hospital.

He was a native of Kinston, N.C., and a Peninsula resident since 1938. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding after 44 years of service in engineering and construction operations. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Newport News, where he served as deacon and elder. At the closure of First Presbyterian, he transferred to Hidenwood Presbyterian Church.

His wife of 66 years, Mary Robinson Sutton, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children, Mary Sue Richardson (Walter) of Newport Beach, Calif., Horace Leland Sutton III (Judy) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Winifred Ann Stratton (Jairus) of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Clifton, Leland, and Carter Stratton of Seattle, Wash.


Horace Sutton



A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at The Chesapeake Retirement Community, with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from November 05 to November 06, 2011.
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November 05, 2011

There are shipbuilders...and then there are SHIPBUILDERS. Horace Sutton was one of the latter; a man dedicated to his craft.

And also a pioneer; one of the Newport News Shipbuilding fledgling 'nukes' who went to Idaho in the mid-1950's to build the prototype for ENTERPRISE.

When he returned to Newport News, Horace applied his considerable talents to the ENTERPRISE herself. I first met him around 1958, when he was a leader in the carrier's nuclear test team.

Then worked directly for him in the mid-1960s and quickly learned to have ALL the details before bothering him with a problem..

In 2001, when the NNS nuclear test engineers held a reunion, we were given a semi-technical 'overview' presentation. Horace, 82 at the time, asked question after question, getting into the nitty-gritty of it all. As he always did.

The presenter was surprised. Those of us who knew him were not. The icon we mostly referred to as HLS still 'had it'.

Fate prompted me to arrange to have lunch with him and a few others when I was last in Newport News (mid October). An enjoyable occasion, and obviously extremely timely (although we had no idea...).

Not a bad way to end my 53 years of association with HLS. Not bad at all.

Now, I envision him wearing a halo, albeit one shaped like the obsolete 1940's 'soup bowl' hard hat that was his trademark on the waterfront.

November 05, 2011
I worked with Horace for many years at Newport News Shipbuilding. He was a very intelligent man with a high degree of professionalism, as well as an enjoyable personality. He had a long life and may his family be consoled to know his fellow workers respected him and recognized his many positive contributions to the shipyard.
November 05, 2011

Dear Lee & Judy,
Tom & I were so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I am sure he will be terribly missed.

Please know you & your family will be in our thoughts & prayers.

~ Gayle Barker, Powell, Tennessee

November 05, 2011
Dear Sutton Family,

I was saddened to find your father's obituary in this morning's paper. At the same time the accompanying picture, showing his warm smile, reminded me of many pleasant encounters I had with him, and your mother, at First Presbyterian and afterwards. Your dad was always gracious, good-humored, and kind. His pride and love for all of you was likewise always present. I saw him at the Chesapeake over a year ago. In typical fashion, he came right over and greeted me, and we enjoyed briefly catching up.

I'm grateful to have known both of your parents. And I pray that you will find comfort and strength from your bonds with them.

November 05, 2011

Dearest Sue, Lee and Winkie,
I will miss seeing your father when I visited relatives at the Chesapeake. When he was able to drive, I would see him at funeral services of others that were in Idaho with us. He always had a smile and a kind word to say about my parents. You were blessed to have him for so long. I have a picture of him on a bus trip we took to Jackson Hole. Those were the happiest of times. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Linda L. Lane, Williamsburg, Virginia

November 05, 2011

Lee and Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your father.

~ David Spriggs, NNHS 1964, Norfolk, Virginia

November 05, 2011

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My condolences to all the family. God be with you during this difficult time.

~ Margaret Tyndall, Seaford, Virginia

November 05, 2011

Know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Stacy Dorn Davis

November 05, 2011

Farewell My friend, Rest in Peace! Marshall Clarke

~ Marshall Clarke, Carrollton, Virginia

November 05, 2011

Lee and Judy, your dad was such a special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He lived a wonderful life and produced an amazing family. May your memories of this wonderful person sustain you in the days to come. Bill and Nancy Tompkins
~ Nancy Tompkins, Knoxville, Tennessee

November 05, 2011
Dear Lee and Judy,

Bill and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

November 05, 2011
Sue, Lee & Winkie,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. We were neighbors on 15th Street. Your dad was an incredible man, and I know he will be missed by so many.

~ Susie (Overton) Jones, Smithfield, Virginia

November 05, 2011
Lee and Judy.... our thoughts and prayers are with you now. Hope to see you soon..... love you,

~ Susan and Fred Norris, Yorktown, Virginia

November 06, 2011
Dear Sue and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May it comfort your family to know that you are in the prayers and thoughts of your friends.

~ Brownie Shaffer Haracivet, Gloucester, Virginia

November 06, 2011
I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your Dad. I hope I will get to see you and Judy some time in the future.

November 06, 2011
Sue, Lee and "Winkie",

I was so sad to read of your dad's passing. What a wonderful man he was. As you know, I worked as his secretary at NNS for many years. He was a great boss and one of the kindest men I've ever known.

I will miss calling him every year on his birthday.

Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Lily, Yorktown, Virginia

November 06, 2011
Horace was a true professional gentleman and a valued friend. Our sympathy to his family.

November 07, 2011
Lee, I am so sorry for your loss. I can see your dad clear as day walking briskly in the shipyard. I also remember your mom catching us smoking in your bedroom and our whiffle golf course in your back yard!

~ Phil Hammond, Florida
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November 07, 2011
Sue, Lee and Winnie,
So sad to learn of Horace's passing. My parents and I will cherish many fond memories.
Our deepest condolences to all.

November 07, 2011
Winnie, I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It sounds like you were blessed to have him for a long time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Both your parents were always to kind to us crazy teenage girls...

November 07, 2011
We did not know each other all that well, Horace, but I always enjoyed talking with you.

~ Gordon T. Adams, Williamsburg, Virginia

November 07, 2011

I am very sorry to hear about the death of your father. He was a wonderful man. Please send my warmest regards to your sisters.

November 08, 2011
Horace was always a friend first and no matter what happened he maintained his HLS smile. He will be missed by all.

November 08, 2011
Lee and family,
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I remember him from our youth. I'm certain you will miss him as he was with you for so long. Send our condolences to your sisters and know that God takes you home when he's ready for you.
Bill and Irene Feather

November 09, 2011
Sue, Lee and Winkie,
I am sorry to learn of your Dad's death. My father always spoke highly of him as a shipbuilding professional, and his name is forever linked in my memory with our families' experiences in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I'm glad he enjoyed a long, good life, and I hope his passing was peaceful.

November 10, 2011
I was sorry to read of your father's death. I will fondly remember him as a long time family friend. He and my father shared the long ride to and from the work site in Idaho Falls. They continued through the years to stay in touch with visits and phone calls. Your father would always ask about me and my sister and could easily recall details of our own families. I will miss his smiling visits to reminisce and share a special Christmas cookie. Peace be with you.

10, 2011
Dear Sutton Family,

My acquaintance with your dad and mother was brief but such a pleasure.
When it came time for them to move from their home in Maxwell Gardens, I was the Realtor handling the listing for them. Their home was such a beauty with its lovely front-to-back living room, cozy breakfast area overlooking the yard, and, most of all, Mr. Sutton's workplace in the cellar. I saw Mr. Sutton just a few weeks ago at the Chesapeake, and was so glad to see him again.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

November 10, 2011
Sutton Family, I am very blessed to have met Horace and to see him in the Fitness Center at The Chesapeake. What a delightful man! I will truly miss him. With Great Sympathy...Fitness Assistant

November 10, 2011

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Sutton family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

My Jesus, I Love Thee

Words by William Ralph Featherston (23 July 1846 - 20 May 1873), 1864 - age 16

Music by Adoniram Judson Gordon (19 Apr 1836 - 02 Feb 1895), 1876

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I love thee because thou hast first loved me,
and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight;
I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

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