December 10, 1952 - December 7, 2018
Keith Dale Sutton died peacefully in Willard Walker Hospice Home on December 7, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the age of 65. Keith is survived by his wife, Ruth Sutton, of the home; children, Dr. Jacob Sutton and wife Dr. Anne Sutton, of Tulsa, OK and Charisse Soriano and husband Alberto of Springdale, AR; grandchildren Elijah and Luana, who were the light of his life; sister, Margie Ross and husband Roy, and twin sister Kriss Morgan, both of Miami, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Teresa Sutton, of Zena, Oklahoma, a crew of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, lifelong friend Mike Lillie and wife Carla Lillie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Betty Sutton; brother, Ken Sutton; and brother-in-law, Joe Dan Morgan. Born on December 10, 1952 in Miami, OK to Kenneth and Betty Sutton, Keith was proud of his Cherokee heritage. He graduated from Miami High School in 1971 followed by Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 1973 with an Associate’s degree. He met Ruth Wiebelt at Backroom Chapel in Stillwater. They married on December 30, 1977. Being a self-proclaimed “professional student,” Keith continued his educational pursuits at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, Rose State College, Oral Roberts University, and Excelsior College. He received a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from OSU as well as a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College. During this time, Keith and Ruth welcomed two children, Jacob and Charisse, into their home and Keith set about sharing with them a passion for education, reading, music, and world travel. After moving to China in 1988, Keith began teaching English and discovered that teaching was his true calling. While in China, he was on Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 when troops moved in to suppress students demonstrating for democracy. He and his twin sister’s family were survivors of the 2011 Joplin tornado while he was a patient in St. John’s ICU. He credits his ICU nurse for initially keeping him alive when his ventilator failed and many others for helping him during a six month coma to recover so he could meet and be a part of his precious grandchildren’s lives. His children remember him as being a cantankerous, but loving father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and explore the world, which they did. He was so proud of his children. At the height of his career, he thoroughly enjoyed working with international students as the Coordinator of International Programs and later as an English Instructor at NEO. One of his favorite things to do each year was to compile Christmas CD’s to share with coworkers and friends. Keith loved to collect, play and share music. His sisters always said he marched to the “beat of a different drummer.” Throughout his life, he threw himself into passions, such as golf, making picture frames, music, writing poetry, and copying movies and documentaries. Keith loved to bless people who were special to him. He loved gifting his possessions such as guitars, pictures he had framed, and souvenirs to family and friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:00 pm Tuesday, December 11th at Bethany Christian Church in Miami, Oklahoma. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Keith’s life. Services are conducted by Brown Winters Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to NEO College Foundation for student scholarships at 200 I Street NE, Miami, OK 74354 or the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, AR. The family would like to thank the staff of Washington Regional Medical Center and the Hospice Home for their compassionate care of Keith in his final days. Services are entrusted to Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Miami, Oklahoma.
Keith Dale Sutton died peacefully in Willard Walker Hospice Home on December 7, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the age of 65. Keith is survived by his wife, Ruth Sutton, of the home; children, Dr. Jacob Sutton and wife Dr. Anne Sutton, of... View Obituary & Service Information
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