C. Reagan Sutton was born on February 25, 1935, and passed on to eternity on February 13, 2023. He was born in Hodge, LA, to Lucille Cathey Sutton and C. Russell Sutton. After graduating from Ruston High School in 1953, he earned his B.S. in Business Administration in 1958 from LA Tech University and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He wed the love of his life Joyce Mathewes in 1958; they shared 64 years of devoted marriage.
Reagan began his career with the Lincoln Parish Police Jury in 1959, first as Secretary-Treasurer, then as Parish Administrator. During his 30 years of public service, he facilitated the creation of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and Lincoln Parish Park, as well as the upgrades of Lincoln Parish Library, Lincoln Parish Health Center, and Lincoln General Hospital. On the state level, he served as treasurer, secretary, vice-president, and president of the Louisiana Police Jury Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Russell Sutton, and his beloved sister Barbara Sutton Kavanaugh. He is survived by his wife Joyce, daughter Karen Sutton Sanders and husband Bobby, son Joey Sutton and wife Kathy, and daughter Jennifer Sutton Farrar and husband Roman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Natalie Sanders Barham and husband Adam, Meredith Sanders Richards and husband Devin, Chase Sutton and wife Kim, Michael Sutton and wife Caroline, Beau Farrar, and Tate Farrar. He was also blessed with 7 great-grandchildren: Sutton Kate Barham, Anna Lyles Barham, Millie Richards, Emma Sutton, Hannah Sutton, Jack Henry Sutton, and Sloane Sutton.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2023, 5:00-7:00 pm in Temple Baptist Church Sanctuary. Funeral service will be the following day, Friday, February 17, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. also in Temple Baptist Church Sanctuary. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetary. Officiating will be Dr. Reggie Bridges and Rev. Dale Oden, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Reagan’s grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers, Honorary pallbearers include Gary Acklin, Matt Barham, James Davison, Tommy Gregory, Charles Griffin, and Gray Hipp.
Planned memorials may be made to the Lincoln Parish Museum and Historical Society – 609 N. Vienna – Ruston, LA 71270.
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