Cecil Lawrence Sutton Jr., 75, of Sweet Valley, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018, at The Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas, following declining health issues.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on Jan. 5, 1943, and was the oldest of seven boys born to the late Cecil Lawrence Sr. and Doris Kreiger Sutton.
Cecil resided in Dallas and Sweet Valley for most of his life. He graduated from Westmoreland High School and attended Wilkes College. Everyone who met Cecil loved him for his positive and friendly personality. He always had a smile and a wonderful greeting. He will be missed!
He loved gatherings with family and friends, daily coffee breaks with the boys at McDonald’s, riding motorcycles, car races and working on cars and trucks. Cecil enjoyed traveling with his wife to many places by car, plane and motorcycle. He loved that he was able to do the Four Corners on a motorcycle with his brother and several friends from Colorado.
Cecil worked at Sordoni Co., then went to New York and worked for Frink Snow Plow Co. in Clayton, N.Y., and worked for Stewart and Stevenson Co. in Denver, Colo. He traveled all over the country to airports and municipalities selling and demonstrating heavy equipment for snow removal. Cecil received many special awards for his service and expertise in serving the Port Authority and many of the large airports across the country.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Keith “Bud” and Richard.
Cecil is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Laura Sperl; stepfather to three children that loved him like their own flesh and blood, Cheryl Roberts and her husband, Keith, Shavertown: Bonnie Thomas and her husband, David Fitch, Dallas; and Richard Thomas and his wife, Diana, Shavertown; grandchildren, Richelle Steele and her husband, Joe, Amber Wesley, Keith Roberts Jr., Brandon Roberts, Brittany Thomas and Dylan Thomas; and great-grandchildren who were the apple of his eye, Kaileeanna, Abbi, Noah, Trevor and Paislee Steele. Also surviving are his twin brother, Calvin, Dallas; brothers, William, Shavertown; Gerald, Abbyville, S.C.; and Ronald, Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with a private memorial service that will follow, with the Rev. Dennis Gray, pastor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701; the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; or The Meadows Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas, PA 18612.