R. L. Sutton, Jr.

R. L. Sutton, Jr.

April 18, 2022, 88, Goldsboro –

R. L. Sutton, Jr. was born in Alamance County on November 9, 1933, the only child of the late Wilhelmina Bell Sutton and Robert Lorenzo Sutton, Sr.

He grew up in the Burlington area and moved to Goldsboro, following his tour of duty in the Army, in 1959.

R. L. worked with King-Hunter Construction Company for many years. In 1961, R. L. and his mother purchased Wayne Upholstering Company. Son, Lane, later joined the family business. Failing health forced R. L. to retire in 2020.

He enjoyed people and loved to talk to everyone. He never left anyone a stranger.

He enjoyed the “country,” where he had cats, dogs, cows, and horses. He was preceded in death by his special canine companion, Missy.

An active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, he especially enjoyed the Discussion Sunday School Class and singing in the Chancel Choir.

He also served as a volunteer with the Dudley Fire Department for many years.

R. L. is survived by his wife of 62 years, LaRue Strickland Sutton; son, Lane Sutton and wife, Renee, and two grandchildren, Abby Sutton and Ethan Sutton.

A remembrance service will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at St Luke United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Dan Baer, followed by the family greeting friends.

Memorials may be given to St. Luke Church, 1608 East Pine St., Goldsboro, NC 27530.