Paul Wesley Sutterfield, 69, of Gulfport, MS, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
He was a native of Beardstown, graduated from Jerseyville High School and attended Lincoln Land Community College.
Paul joined the U.S. Army and served from October 1968 until October 1971, completing two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist. After leaving the Army, he was employed by Oscar Mayer and Company and retired from the state of Illinois. He received a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.
In 2014, Paul was ordained a minister. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church and was also a member of the VFW, American Legion, Elks Lodge and Ducks Unlimited.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann Sutterfield; his father, Emmett Sutterfield; his mother, Virginia Livsey; and his brother, Russell Sutterfield.
Paul is survived by his children, Tessa Sutterfield Grimes (Brent) of Gulfport, MS, and Frank Emerick of Jacksonville, IL; his siblings, Ernie Sutterfield (Sharon) of Beardstown, and Pat Revis (the late Jesse Revis) of Barry, IL; his grandchildren, Hunter Grimes of Gulfport, MS and Austi Emerick of Clayton, IL.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors and watching sports. He was also a music connoisseur and spent many hours dueting with his daughter.
The family requests donations be made to vva.org (Vietnam Veterans of America).
Visitation with family will be Friday, June 26, from 4–6 p.m. at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Beardstown following the visitation. Paul and his wife will be buried at Biloxi National Cemetery.
“What a legacy, what a life, I invite each of you to keep my dad, Paul, alive in your hearts. We were each touched by his presence and we are better because of that. Thank you for loving him and making his life so meaningful.”
Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, is serving the family. An online obituary may be viewed at www.riemannfamily.com.