Vance Keith Sutton, 92, of Wintersville, OH, passed away Oct. 11, 2017.
He was born Dec. 25, 1924, a son of the late Ancel and Lima (Davis) Sutton.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his infant brother, Eugene Sutton; sister, Lila Jones; and son-in-law, Stanley Black.
Vance served his country in the anti-aircraft division of the United States Army. During World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and Battle of Remagen.
He was a former charter member of the Wintersville Community Chapel and current member of the Wintersville Nazarene Church.
Vance possessed a natural talent for music. He was self-taught on the piano, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and stand-up bass. At a later age he learned to play the banjo, which became his favorite instrument.
He taught his wife Mary to play the stand-up bass, and they formed a bluegrass band, Twin Hills, which toured music festivals in Eastern Ohio.
At age 87 Vance played the banjo to accompany his granddaughter, Aly, at Music City Roots in Nashville, TN.
He coached his two daughters in a woman’s softball league and also coached a men’s team in the church softball league.
Vance retired from Weirton Steel after 30 years, where he worked at the coke plant.
Vance is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Mary E. (Holtz) Sutton of Wintersville, OH; children, Sharon Black of Hopedale, OH, Micheal (Cindy) Sutton of Marietta, GA, and Rhonda (Trevor) Thompson of New Franklin, OH; sister, Nona (Don) Hancock of Asheville, NC; grandchildren, Jodi Black of Hopedale, OH, Shane Sutton of Marietta, GA, Aly (Jason) Sutton Controy of East Nashville, TN, and Kevin Thompson of New Franklin, OH.
Friends will be received on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Everhart-Bove Funeral Home, 685 Canton Road, Wintersville, and again on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, from noon until time of funeral services at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Delbert Lash officiating.
Burial will follow at Ft. Steuben Burial Estates, Wintersville with full military honors.
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