Official Obituary of

Chester O’Neal Sutton

February 15, 1946 ~ September 16, 2022 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Chester Sutton Obituary

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God; for they that entered into rest, hath also ceased from their own works.”

With Hearts of Sorrow, We, The Staff of Adkins Memorial Funeral Home request your prayers for the family and friends of Mr. Chester O’Neal Sutton, 76, who received his rest on Friday, September 16. 2022 at his residence surrounded by his loving wife and family. 

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 beginning at 12:00 noon at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. A viewing and visitation will take place on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 5:00pm-7:000pm at the funeral home. Entombment will take place at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.


Chester O’Neal Sutton was born on February 15, 1946 to Arthur Daniel and Victoria Baker Sutton. As their first of three children, “Vic,” as she was called, and Arthur were very proud of Chester’s hardworking, disciplined, and family-oriented ways. 

At an early age, he joined what is now New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He became an ordained deacon and was chairman of the deacon ministry until his death. 

In 1965, Chester graduated from P.W. Moore High School in Elizabeth City, NC. He was chosen to play varsity football as a freshman, due to his athletic skillset. During his sophomore year, he was named team captain and held that title throughout his high school career. The Moore High Lions were very well known throughout the state as a winning team. 

On Tuesday, February 16, 1965 (during Chester's senior year), he married his high school sweetheart and his love, E. Vendetta Owens. They were married for fifty-seven years after dating for two years prior. During those times, he worked at Supak & Sons Manufacturing Company, Hardee’s, and later retired owning and operating Sutton’s Grocery Store. 

The late Authur and Victoria Sutton had two other sons, the late Augustus and the late Authur Sutton, Jr. Chester is survived by his wife, Vendetta. His daughter Valerie and two grandchildren Devven and DeVetta were also the love of his life. He considered himself blessed with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 




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A Walk-Through Viewing
September 23, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Alvin M. Griffin Chapel
1905 North Road Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Celebration of Life
September 24, 2022

12:00 PM
New Calvary Baptist Church
703 3rd Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

September 24, 2022

2:00 PM
Westlawn Memorial Park
1909 West Main Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909


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