Thelma G. Sutton, 83, widow of Norris Edward Sutton Sr., departed this life on Jan. 27, 2018, at her residence.

She was born on May 4, 1934, in Sumter, a daughter of the late William Henry Grant and Fannie Frasier Grant. Thelma Sutton attended the public schools of Sumter County. She was a 1952 graduate of Lincoln High School. Thelma was the licensed site property manager of Mount Pisgah Apartments (James Village) for more than 30 years. Thelma was a proud member of Mount Pisgah AME Church for more than 60 years, where she enjoyed singing with the choir. Thelma Sutton earned many rewards and recognition throughout her life but most important was the love and respect from all who knew her.

Thelma leaves behind precious members to be cherished by her nine grandchildren, Carlisha Sutton (Brandell) of the home, Endretta Summers and Sonya Paige, both of Columbia, Shontrell Sutton and Norris Sutton III, both of Sumter, Donte' Ramsey and Carlos Sutton Jr., both of Atlanta, Sergio Adams of Chula Vista, California, Taralah Sutton of Jackson, Mississippi, and Andre Sutton of Fayetteville, North Carolina; 26 great-grandchildren, Reginay, Reginald, Rashad, Rakeem, De'Jion, Nyasia, Darrius, Demariyah, A'Layiah, Ja'Vian, Nassiem, Giannetta, Teazia, Ny'Juan, Carlos, Car'nya, Ke'mya, Carzhanay, Jada, Hakeem, Cardaisha, Demonte, Dominic, Jamal, Jordan and Moe; one sister, Mattie Grant Williams of Brooklyn, New York; seven nieces, Joysett, Denise, Samone, Adrienne, Eileen, Hope, and Faith; three nephews, Stanley, Donnell and Tyrone; three special friends, Lois Lane, Vicki Heath and Roslin Strong; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, William and Fannie Grant; her husband, Norris E. Sutton Sr.; three sons, Norris E. Sutton II, Carlos S. Sutton and Master Sgt. Endrie' R. Sutton; two sisters, Lillian Gooden and Wilhelmina Ashmond; and brother, William Edward Grant.

Public viewing will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Job's Mortuary.

Mrs. Sutton will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. on Friday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 217 W. Bartlette St., Sumter, with Pastor Laddie N. Howard officiating. Interment will follow at Walker Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at her residence, 280 Rolling Creek Drive, Sumter, SC 29153.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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