Biography of Charles Gregory Sutton

(Great-Grandfather of Ellis Lloyd Sutton)

Charles Gregory Sutton was born July 6, 1838 to Henry and Lucinda Sackett Sutton, early pioneers who settled 
in Ohio around 1800. 
Little is known of his childhood years growing up in Ohio, except that he received and completed his basic 
education at the age of 22 in Lebanon, OH. In 1862,  Charles moved to Houston, TX (Colorado County).  On 
October 6, 1862 Charles enlisted as a private in Colonel Joseph J. Cook’s Regiment, 1st Texas Heavy Artillery, 
Pelican Battery, at Fort Bankhead. 

Near the close of the war, Charles was detailed in the quarter masters department for June, 1864 to March 18, 
1865 as a cooper (carpenter). Charles was also detailed to San Jacinto shipyard in Galveston, TX during this 
period. On May 5, 1865 Charles was detailed to Newhope shipyard in Lynchburg as a carpenter to rebuild the 
ironclad steamboat CSS Virginia, formerly known as the USS Merrimac. On June 22, 1865 Charles received  his  
“Parole of Honor”, as a prisoner of war, belonging to Gen. E. Kirby Smith’s “Army of the Trans Mississippi 
Department” from Major Gen. E. R. S. Canby in Galveston, TX. 

Following the civil war, Charles settled in Palestine, Texas, where he married Mary Jane Duncan (born July 8, 
1858) in 1879 where they raised six children; Charles E. Sutton, Jim H. Sutton,. George J. Sutton, Maggie M. 
Sutton, Fredrick W. Sutton and Rachel M. Sutton.

He lived and worked as a carpenter and farmer in Palestine, Texas from 1879 to 1910. The elderly Mr. Sutton 
and wife Mary Jane (Duncan) Sutton lived with their daughter May M. O’Keefe in Roseville City, CA from 1910 
to 1913.  In their later years, Charles and Mary Jane returned home to Texarkana, Texas in 1913 due to Mary 
Jane’s failing health and death of their first son, Charles E. Sutton went to live with their son, Jim H. 
Sutton in Texarkana, TX. Charles continued living with his son following his wife’s death on July 8, 1916.

On July 22, 1922 Charles received a confederate pension and acceptance into the Old Confederate Soldiers Home in Little Rock, AR Pulaski County, where he died of heart failure on February 29, 1931.
At age of 93, Charles was buried at National Cemetery in Little Rock, AR in plot 1115 of Confederate States of America section.

Charles E. and Lucy S. Sutton

Biography of Charles E. Sutton

(Grandfather of Ellis Lloyd Sutton)

Charles E. Sutton was born June 11, 1880 to Charles G. and Mary Jane (Duncan) Sutton in Paris, TX. Charles 
was wed to Lucy Lee Rhodes on August 12, 1900 in Paris, TX. Due to his untimely death on March 30, 1914, 
very little was hand down to his son James K. Sutton. 
Charles is buried at Eylau Cemetery with his wife Lucy and Mother Mary J. (Duncan/Sutton) Freeze in Red Cut 
community of Texarkana, TX.

J. K. Sutton

Biography of James Knox Sutton
(Father of Ellis Lloyd Sutton)

James Knox Sutton was born September 16, 1913 in Texarkana, TX to Charles E. Sutton and Lucy Lee (Rhodes) 
Sutton. Little is known of his early childhood growing up in Red Cut Community in Texarkana, except that 
he completed his 9th grade education.  His mother remarried after the death of his father in 1914. At the 
age of 16 James left home to work at odd jobs in on a ranch in west Texas following a conflict with his 

At the age of 24, James entered the US army as a private in Texarkana, TX. After completing basic train-
ing at Fort Bliss he was detailed to the famous 7th Cavalry, Troop “E” where he attained the rank of 
Sergeant. He was also recognized a rifle marksman. 
James was honorably discharged on August 31, 1941 at Fort Bliss, just prior to WW ll.

At the age of 28, James married his wife of 26 years of age, Margie C. Hooker of Texarkana, AR.  James 
had four sons, Douglas W., Ellis Lloyd S., James L., Richard L., and a daughter Sherry Lenore.

At the onset of WW ll James attempted to re-enlist in the US Army, but early in the war the Army would not 
accept married men with children to support. To contribute to the war effort James worked as a fireman at 
the Red River Arsenal in Texarkana, TX where munitions were made for the war effort.

At the conclusion of the war in 1945, James held various jobs in Texarkana as a carpenter making screen 
doors and as a bus driver for the Bright Star Bus Company, until 1946 when he began working as a truck 
driver for the East Texas Motor Freight Company “ETMF” in 1948.

Change came in 1957 when James and Margie moved to Little Rock, AR where he continued working for ETMF. 
Faith in Christ became a part of his life when he was baptized at the Rosedale Baptist Church in Little 

James lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on April 22, 1967 at the young age of 54.  In obvious pain 
during the final stage of the battle with cancer he appeared strong and always had a smile for his family.

James is best remembered as a man totally devoted to his wife and children. He preferred to spend his 
spare time with his family, teaching them the art of “having fun” and enjoying life together, but he would 
indulge in fishing if his children would participate.

James is buried at the Forest Hills memorial Cemetery in Little Rock, AR beside his faithful wife Margie 
C. Sutton.

James Knox and Margie Sutton

Biography of Margie C. (Hooker) Sutton
(Mother of Ellis Lloyd Sutton)

Margie Corrine (Hooker) Sutton was born on Sept. 28, 1922 to Burman and Cora G. “Hughes” Hooker in 
Texarkana, AR. Margie’s early childhood was spent growing up in the College Hill area of Texarkana. 
She attended Arkansas Junior and Senior High School from 1935 to 1940 where she was active in the 
Girls Chorus.  The year following graduation Margie attended Draughn’s Business College, while 
working for her parents at Hooker’s Cafe on College Hill.

She met her lifelong husband, James Knox Sutton in 1941 while he was on leave from the Army.  She 
would later comment to those close to her that James or Jim as she called him, “was" the most 
handsome man she had ever met and was most irresistible in his Army uniform”.

Marriage was soon to follow on February 11, 1941 in Texarkana, AR. Margie and “Jim” as she would 
call her husband, rented in various homes in the downtown area of Texarkana before buying their 
first home in New Boston area where they lived until 1957. 
Margie preferred to live at home as a home-maker in her new home on Kenwood road, devoting all of 
her time to her husband and growing family.

Change came in 1957, when the family moved to Little Rock, AR where she continued life as a home
-maker. She attended Rosedale Baptist and Green Memorial Baptist Churches with her family until 
the death of her husband in 1967.

To support two sons who were still at home she began working for Color Print Company in Little 
Rock before acquiring the Kennedy Print Company. Margie began suffering from congestive heart 
failure soon after her retirement in 1987. Her last place of residence was in Benton, AR so she 
could be near her daughter and sons, until her death on March 27, 1993 in Little Rock, AR. 
Later, she joined the Church of Christ in Mabelvale area of Little Rock where she was baptized 
into Christ in 1991.

Margie will be remembered by all who met her as a very kind, compassionate and gentle Christian 
women devoted to her family. 

She was buried at the Forest Hills Memorial Cemetery in Little Rock, AR beside her husband James 
Knox Sutton.

Submitted by Great-Grandson, Grandson and Son, Ellis Lloyd Sutton March 4, 2009
Page formatted by Charlotte Curlee Ramsey

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