Jean Anne Sutton

June 1, 1928 - February 5, 2021
Jean Anne Sutton

Jean Anne Lambeth Sutton died Friday February 5, 2021 after a short illness. 

She was born on June 1, 1928 in Lumberton, NC.  She was the daughter of the late David Thomas Lambeth III and Anna Hotz Freeman.    Jean Anne was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, William Hobbs Sutton and her sister Corinne Lee Lambeth Edmundson. 

She is survived by her children William Hobbs Sutton, Jr. (Donna) of Wilmington, NC, Jean Sterling Topping (Jack) of Hampton VA and by her sisters Nettie Tomlinson Lambeth Noble, Linda Olive Lambeth Watson (Mac), her brother David Thomas Lambeth IV, grandchildren William Hobbs Sutton, III (Jess), Houston Brisson Sutton (Faison), Jonathan Grant Sutton, Michael Darius Hobbs (Meghan), Rebecca Anne Hobbs Haler (Eric) and eight great grandchildren lovingly referred to as her precious darlings. 

Jean Anne graduated from Woman’s College (now UNC-G) with a degree in child psychology.  After her marriage to Billy in 1951 and moving to Wilmington she began a life of active service to the community. During her time with the Junior League, she served in nearly every office ending with president.  She loved participating with her friends and enjoyed serving her community.  A committee assignment placed her with the league’s Children’s Theater.  She and her friends visited every elementary school in New Hanover County yearly to give the gift of live theater.  They portrayed loveable characters and notorious ones from children’s books. 

From her love of theater and history, she went on to co-chair with Wendy Block the first effort to restore Thalian Hall.  They combined the efforts of public and private resources to begin a process of saving and improving a wonderful city asset.  Jean Anne’s historical interest continued with the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and the Latimer House’s interpretation of local history. She served on the board and supported their efforts for decades.

Jean Anne was a lifelong member of Saint Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church.  She served on many committees and ladies’ organizations through the years teaching Sunday school and volunteering often.

Due the concerns for community health the celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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  • February 08, 2021
    Karen L. Pogoloff says:
    My deepest condolences to Sterling and the entire family.

  • February 08, 2021
    Katie Arredondo says:
    Sympathy to family and friends

  • February 08, 2021
    Barbara Hudgins Whitlow says:
    Sterling and Family - May you hold memories of your Mother dear in your heart.

  • February 08, 2021
    Kathy Benson says:
    Dear Friends, We are saddened by your loss. She was quite a woman. Thank you for posting such lovely photographs for those of us who did not know her in her early adult years. She will be missed but her work will endure. Please accept our sympathy.

  • February 08, 2021
    Lisa Bohbrink says:
    In my memories, Mrs. Sutton will always be sitting up front in the right enjoying organ music. Surely angels will sing her to her rest. May you sorry be comforted.