James Henry Sutton, Sr., 98, of Galveston, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014. He was born April 20, 1916 in Dallas, Texas and served his country during World War II in the US Army. Jim spent his career in the insurance industry, working in various capacities at American Indemnity, American Finance Company of Galveston, American National, American Hospital & Life, and several others. Prior to his retirement in 2000, Jim served as the Financial VP and Treasurer at American Finance Company of Galveston, where he was also a former member of the board.
Jim was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus #787. He was also a member of the Galveston Elks Lodge #126, longtime member of the Propeller Club, the Pelican Club, Dallas Insurance Club, and the Hilton Insurance Club of Dallas. Jim and his wife, Doris, enjoyed traveling. They proudly visited all but five of the states in the US and toured the Orient and extensively through Europe. In more recent years, Jim enjoyed cruises out of Galveston.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lila Walsh Sutton and Alexander Garrett Sutton; sisters, Dorothy Stanton and Nancy Warrington; brothers, Alexander Sutton, Jr. and Howard Sutton; his first wife and the mother of his son, Lucille Strickling Sutton; and his beloved second wife of 33 years, Doris R. Sutton.
Jim is survived by his son, James H. Sutton, Jr. and wife, Leisa; grandchildren, Frank E. Sutton and wife, Theresa, and James H. Sutton, III, and wife, Lynette; and great grandchildren: Christopher, Sarah, and Jessica Sutton and several nieces and nephews.
Jim’s family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 13th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 am with burial following at Old Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Frank Sutton, Alex Sutton, Christopher Sutton, Sarah Sutton and Elizabeth Sutton Lowe.
Honorary pallbearers are Leo Lauzon, Jr., J. Felman Seinsheimer, Jr., and members of the Wednesday L&D Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to AMED Community Hospice of Texas City.