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Alvie Sutton, 85, of Savanna, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at his home.
The family will receive friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home today from 5 to 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at First Baptist Church of Savanna with the Rev. Bob Kendrick, the Rev. Willie Virden and the Rev. Kyle Cummings officiating. Burial will be at Savanna Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.
Alvie Sutton was born on Oct. 26, 1931, in Nail (Shady Grove area), to George Wesley and Ruby (Burns) Sutton. He grew up there and had lived most of his adult life near Savanna.
He married Francille Phifer on May 27, 1954, in Savanna. Alvie worked as a forklift operator at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant for several years, then started the Sutton and Son Construction Company with his son, Larry, doing residential remodels and upgrades. After that, he went to work for Savanna Public Schools as a bus driver for several years.
His favorite hobby was fishing for catfish.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Savanna, where he served as deacon and Sunday school director, as well as serving as Boy Scout Leader there for 11 years.
Survivors include his wife, Francille Phifer-Sutton, of the home; two daughters and one son-in-law, Karen Sutton, of Krebs, and Vivian and Stan Hjort, of Petersburg, Alaska; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judy Sutton, of Indianola; grandchildren, Jessica Ranallo, of Hartshorne, and Kristina Underwood and husband, Josh, of Savanna, and great-grandchildren, Ashilynn Ranallo and Willow Underwood.
Alvie was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Gary Reeder, Tom Reeder, Brian Brown, Tanner Brown, Butch Capps and George Blessing.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Nelson, Haskell Melton, Johnny Leird, Bill Brewster, Barney Barrows, Jeffrey Osborne, Jim Davis, Dale Jones, Tucker McBane and Trev McBane.
Published on February 15, 2017
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