Ruby Polly Whaley Sutton, 87, of Lenoir Rd., Morganton, will be spending Christmas in Heaven after a period of declining health. Mrs. Sutton was born April 6, 1922, in Pigeon Forge, TN to the late Rennie Whaley and Mintha Huskey Whaley. In 1939 she moved to Altamont, NC as a young bride, following along with her husband’s employment with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. They moved to Morganton in the late 1940’s and then from Nags Head to South Port, NC and locations in between. They relocated back to Morganton in 1957. For most of their 57 years together, Mrs. Sutton was a homemaker. Wonderful home cooked meals were one of her outstanding attributes. No one could make coconut cakes and biscuits better than Ms. Ruby.Mrs. Sutton was employed by Skyland Textiles and retired from Burke Co. Public Schools. She was a member of Catawba Valley Baptist Church. A loving mother who doted on her children and grandchildren, she was known for her expert sewing. In her later years, she spent countless hours at her sewing machine, making aprons and quilts. She also received great joy from her flowers and was known for her "green thumb". She received many first place ribbons at the Burke County Fair for her sewing, jellies, and canned vegetables.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Norman "Red" Sutton an infant son.

Left to cherish her memory is her son, John Norman Sutton and his wife Revonda of Phenix City, AL; a daughter, Jeannie Sutton Snipes and her husband, Turner of Morganton; a sister, Jean Whaley Davis of Pigeon Forge, TN; grandchildren, John Norman Sutton II of Fort Smith, AR, Kelly Sutton Blaine of Huntingdon, TN, Minthie Jean Snipes of Raleigh, and Sarah Louise Snipes of Morganton; and great grandchildren Jayde and Chad Sutton, Erika, Kail and Jackson Blaine.A celebration of Mrs. Sutton’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2009 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Steve Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park with opening prayer, special words by daughter-in-law, Revonda and a dedication of the grave by her son, John. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday at Sossoman Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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