Originally created 09/21/03

Mr. Leonard Sutton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Leonard Price Sutton, 93, entered into rest on Saturday, September 20, 2003 at Doctors Hospital. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 3 p.m. at Pinecrest Cemetery in Mobile, Ala. Mr. Sutton, a 36-year resident of Augusta, was the final surviving child of eight children born to Henry Elbert and Mary Price Sutton of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He grew up and worked on the family farm. In 1926, he began his long career in papermaking as a machine sixth hand at the EZ Opener Bag Co. in Braithwaite, La. Later he returned to Tuscaloosa and worked for Gulf States Paper Co. for several years. In 1936, he moved his family to Port St. Joe, Fla., and began a career of 15 years with the St. Joe Paper Co. at their new mill. Throughout WWII, he worked as a shift foreman and served as chairman for the Gulf County, Fla. War bond drive. After the war, he served multiple terms on the Gulf County School Board, and was an active booster of Port St. Joe High School. Over the years, he worked for several papermaking companies, including Scott Paper in Mobile, Ala. He was highly regarded for his technical and troubleshooting skills. In 1975, he ended his formal career as division production manager for Continental Can Co. After retirement, he remained active in business as a consultant for Patchen, Mingledorff and Assoc. Engineers in Augusta. Throughout his long career, he made many lifelong friends in the paper industry. He spent his final years as a devoted caretaker for his wife, Gertrude. He was affiliated with many organizations; the International Brotherhood of Papermakers, the Kiwanis Club, the Paper Industry Management Assoc., and T.A.P.P.I. He was an alumni of Western Michigan University and a Baptist. He is survived by a son, Dr. Elbert W. Sutton of Milton, Fla., seven grandchildren and many great- grandchildren. In Augusta, he is survived by a devoted grandson, Robert Young; and two great-granddaughters, Sarah Aileen Young and Heather Marie Young. He also leaves behind his caring and loving friends and neighbors, Ernestine and Frank Howard, Ethel Story; and his very dear friend, Virginia Beasley. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, Gertrude; his daughter, Barbara Merita Nicholas; and grandchildren, Stacey Sutton and Martin Nicholas. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Augusta Rescue Mission, 526 Walker Street, Augusta, GA 30901. Platts Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, 733-3636. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle September 21, 2003