Linda M. Sutton-Hawkins 1952-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs

CAMPBELL – Mrs. Linda Marie Sutton-Hawkins, 69, transitioned to her heavenly home on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

She was born Linda Marie Sutton, on October 6, 1952, the second daughter of the late Mrs. Elnora Greenlee-Sutton and the late Mr. John Edward Sutton Sr. Seven children were born to this union.

On May 10, 1957, at the age of 4, Linda was burned to more than 40% of her body and doctors did not expect her to survive. Her family and friends began to pray for her: Reverend Alfred and Ruby Ward, Brother Jacob and Willie V. Robinson, Brother Paul and Bertha Ealy, Mr. James Toms and his brother, Mr. Bob Toms, and many others. others. Her mother and father made a promise to God… “If you give her back to us, we will give her back to you. Their prayers were heard and God spared his life.

Linda attended Youngstown Public Schools, where she was very active in everything from the elementary school spelling bee to Fresh Air Camp, the Girls’ Glee Club in middle school, and the A Capella choir in high school. . She had graduated from South High School in 1970, was voted “Most Handy” by her high school class, and performed on her high school variety show. Linda continued her education at Choffin Vocational School, studying sewing and medical terminology, as well as Youngstown State University, where she majored in special education. Linda had a variety of professional interests and had worked at Northside Hospital for 35 years.

Both of Linda’s parents loved to sing and taught her and her siblings to sing and harmonize. She recalls her first solo part, “I said I wasn’t going to tell anyone, but I couldn’t keep it to myself.” Her mother’s favorite song was “You Can’t Hurry God” and her father loved “Don’t Forget the Family Prayer”. As a teenager, Linda’s first band was called the “Gospelaires”, featuring Ronald King, Robert French, Michael Johnson, Donna Kirkland-Littlejohn and Charsie Randolph-Sawyer. Later the name was chosen because they were all members of the Ebenezer Church of God in Christ.

Linda had been featured at Stambaugh Auditorium with Walter and Edwin Hawkins and the Hawkins Singers, and was the special guest of the late Bishop Norman L. Wagner at Powers Auditorium.

Linda had been influenced by many styles of music, from classical, with Ms. Clara Roland and Dr. Sophia Brooks, to quartet with the Mays Singers, Jackson Harmonizers and the Caffey Brothers, to choir with the Ivory Mauldin Chorale and the Youngstown Church. Chorus of the meeting of God in Christ.

Linda had the chance to sing with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra with “Step Afrika” and lent her talents as the well-known radio host of “Gospel Train” with the late Melvin Catley and Bishop Calvin Penny on WGFT Radio 1500. Linda has special thanks and honor to Professor Maestro Wilbert Ervin, a graduate of Youngstown State University and the Dana School of Music, because he was responsible for his most requested selection, “Where the Roses Never Fade”.

Linda reportedly said, “Everyday is Thanksgiving with my family and friends.” Linda said with a smile, “Yes, we always sing together; every time we get together, it’s never long enough!

Linda leaves to cherish her life and legacy, her siblings, Anna Damous (Jack) Johnson and Troy J. Sutton, both of Youngstown, Karen E. (Robert) Green and Frederick Sutton, both of Atlanta, Georgia, Barbara J. Dawson-Adams of Hephzibah, Georgia, James A. (Olga) Sutton of Cucamunga, California, and Lauretta Ware of Warren; cousins, Beverly Tucker-Hill and Joyce Tucker-Brown; as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, other family members, church family and friends.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Charles Hawkins, who died in 2003; two brothers, John E. Sutton Jr. and Jeffrey Irby; an aunt, Pearley Mae Tucker; two special nephews, DeVon “Man Man” Damous and D’Andre L. Damous; great-grandnephew, DeVon Damous Jr.; and brothers-in-law, Wilbur “Junior” Damous and Leroy Adams Jr.

A homecoming celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 4, 2022 at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., Youngstown. The visits will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Due to the pandemic, all guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

Services of love and dignity are entrusted to LE Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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