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James was born Dec. 11, 1937, to the late Maxine and Hillard Sutton.
James was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and was on the USS Forrestal and also served in the National Guards in Florida. James was a retired teacher for Brevard County School where he taught science at Eau Gallie High School, and Johnson Jr. High in Florida.
James is survived by his loving wife Regenia (Murdock) Sutton of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Three children: Bonnie Sutton and Tommy Sutton both of Corbin, and Melissa Phillips and husband Kenn of Warrenton, Virginia. One stepson Brad McDowel of Springfield, Colorado. Six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
James is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, at the Rest Haven Cemetery with the Rev. Bobby Joe Eaton officiating with special remarks by Brittonee Willoughby.
O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
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