|Birth: ||May 4, 1843|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1922|
The Bienville Democrat.
July 13, 1922
In memory of Mr. George [Robinson] Sutton, who passed from this life to the land of the "Great Beyond," on Friday morning, July 7th, 1922. The subject of this sketch was born in Lawrence county, Mississippi in 1843. In 1849, when he was only 6 years of age, his father moved to Bienville parish, Louisiana, and located near where Arcadia now stands. July 17th, 1858, he was baptized into the fellowship of the Bethel Baptist church. Sometime during the war between the statest his name was changed to Arcadia Church.
Nov. 1861 Mr. Sutton left home for Columbia, Ky., to enlist in the army. At first the Company was known as Co. G 12th Louisiana, but shortly after changed to Co. B, and remained such until the end of the war. He was in several hard fought battles, and was severly wounded at Peachtree Creek, near Atlanta. In 1865 he was furloughed home and while there, peace was declared. Mr. Sutton was a devoted and loyal patriot of the "Old South." The best years of his boyhood were given to the Southern Confederacy and to his last days he loved the "Lost Cause," for which he struggled so bravely, but he bore defeat with courage and gave his manhood to high and commendable endeavors.
He was deeply spiritual and devoted to his church and held the office of deacon for nearly fifty years. He was one of the greatest workers for the Sunday school, rarely ever missing a meeting, when in health. He taught various classes and was dearly beloved by all of his pupils. After his health was too delicate for a regular teacher, he was an honored member of the Men's Bible Class.
It can be truly said of Mr. Sutton that he was one of our most universally beloved citizens, having lived here practically his entire life. None could say naught against his character. "An honest man is the noblest work of God.
He gave cheer and helpfulness to all who met him and in his home was a sweet and guiding inspiration.
The funeral service was held at the Baptist church Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Cox conducting the impressive ceremonies. The Supt. of the Sunday school, past and present Mr. Y. M. Lyons and Hon. W. D. Goff also speaking a few words of tribute.
It was an impressive moment when four white robed members of the Ku Klux Klan filed down the aisle, knelt before the casket and laid their offering of flowers, a flaming cross on the bier.
Commander of Arcadia Camp U. C. V., carried the Confederate flag and stood it near the casket at the church and cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to express to the dear people of Arcadia our sincere thanks and appreciation for your loving ministrations and sympathy during the illness and death of our beloved father, G. R. Sutton.
We shall ever remember with profound gratitude that by your thoughtfulness, his days of waiting for the "call to come up higher" were filled with joys of friendship and the fragrance of flowers.
We thank the Sunday school, Men's Bible class, Dorcas Band, Women's Missionary Society, Eastern Star, Ku Klux Klan and individual friends for the many beautiful floral offerings.
**An April 1922 issue of the Bienville Democrat featured a story where trees were being planted at Arcadia High School and named for prominent citizens. One of the trees was named "George Sutton."
Created by: Scout Finch
Record added: Jun 20, 2011
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