Allen Ray Sutton, age 94, of Rt. 97 Waterford, died at his home on Sunday, January 3, 2010 after a short illness. Born in Arbovale, WV on September 18, 1915, he was the son of the late Herbert Adam and Henrietta Ratliff Sutton. He married Mary Marie Keen on October 14, 1942 and she preceded him in death on June 11, 1988.
Sutton, Allen RayAl lived most of his life in Cambridge Springs and worked at many different jobs. He operated a dairy farm in Venango for several years until 1952 and then worked at General Electric for the next eight years. For a short time, he was employed by General Motors in Buffalo, NY before accepting a job at what is now the Northwestern Rural Electric Co-Op Association in Cambridge Springs. He retired from there in 1980. Also during these years and after retiring, he worked at Turner’s Mill, Mellon Bank, and the First Presbyterian Church, all in Cambridge Springs.
Even in his later years, Al enjoyed life and people, and he remained active until his last few months. He was an accomplished dancer and was a member of the Stardust Dance Club and the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers’ Association. One of his greatest pleasures was to meet friends and go dancing. He also belonged to the Siebenbuerger Club, the East Erie Turners, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and he enjoyed taking piano lessons and playing classical music. He was affiliated with the First Church of God in Cambridge Springs, McLane Church in Edinboro, and Asbury United Methodist Church in Waterford.
In addition to his wife Marie, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Ruth Cubbage and Judith Maxwell; and two half sisters, Naomi June Hoyet and Clara Mae Smith.
Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Sutton, formerly of Hampton, VA; four grandchildren, Jason, Julie, Joshua, and JoAnna; ten great-grandchildren; his half sister, Alice Sutton Guire of Norton, VA; three half brothers, William Herbert Sutton and wife Julie of Hayden, CO, Ivan Clark Sutton and his wife Bessie of Sykesville, MD, and James Milton Sutton and wife Marguerite of Elkton, MD.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home of Waterford, on Thursday from 10:00am until time of the funeral service at 11:00am. Burial will be in Stevenson Cemetery, Greenville, PA.