William J. Sutton III – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

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William J. Sutton III, 72, an Army Lieutenant Colonel who retired in 1975 as Assistant Operations Chief of the Criminal Investigation Command in Washington, died June 5, 2002, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. He had emphysema.

Colonel Sutton was born in Fort Worth. He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received a master's degree in business from Southeastern University.

He served in the Army for 22 years, in assignments that took him to such countries as Vietnam, Germany, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.

After he retired, he did staff and operations work with the National Rifle Association.

His honors included the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Medal and Army Commendation medals.

Colonel Sutton was a member of the West Point Class of 1953 alumni association and was president of the church council at Messiah Lutheran Church in Alexandria.

His marriage to Betty Scarborough ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Sanelma Sutton of Alexandria; two daughters from his first marriage, Melissa Norfleet of San Antonio and Pamela Boyle of Corpus Christi, Texas; a son from his second marriage, William J. Sutton IV of Alexandria; a stepdaughter, Sharon Jarlson of Angelholm, Sweden; and four grandchildren.


SUTTON, WILLIAM J., III

On Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. A retired Army
Lieutenant Colonel, he is the beloved husband of Sanelma Sutton; loving father of Melissa Norfleet of San Antonio, Texas, Sharon Jarlson of Angelholm, Sweden, Pamela Boyle of Corpus Christi, Texas and William J. Sutton IV of Alexandria, Virginia.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 9 a.m. at the Fort Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, Donating Processing, 9300 Lee Highway, 5th Floor, Fairfax, Virginia 22031-1207; or the United States Military Academy, 1953 Class Gift Fund, AOG Office of Class Giving, 698 Mills Road, West Point, New York 10996-1607.


SUTTON, WILLIAM JAMES III

  • LTC   US ARMY
  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 06/02/1953 – 08/31/1975
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 02/05/1930
  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/05/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/10/2002
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 66  SITE 7017
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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