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He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Harriet and his sister Freda (Charles) Anders of Southport, IN.As a child of post depression rural Kentucky, Coleman learned life skills such as carpentry, mechanics, hunting and fishing.A highly intelligent and motivated child he had already decided by age 4 to become a USAF pilot. He spent his youth preparing himself for that goal.The life skills he learned early on served him well throughout his career in the Air Force and later in the civilian world.
MAJ Sutton joined the USAF in 1958, completed flight training school (class of 60H) (flying T-33, T-34 and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command flying B-47 nuclear bombers. He flew C-47, F-86 (Sabre Jet), F-100 (Super Sabre) in combat, EC-121 (Super Connie), C-7 (Caribou), C-131 (Convair), and T-39 (Sabreliner) before retiring with distinction in 1978. His previously learned life skills were a blessing to the Air Force as he could complete repairs on his aircraft in some of the remotest and least hospitable areas of the world. He married Harriet in 1973, two weeks later they were on their way to Clark Air Force base in the Philippines where he flew the VIP transport T-39 (Sabreliner). Dedicating himself to the aviation world, and after retiring from the Air Force, he completed the FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant” course at Atlanta Technical School qualifying him to work on civilian aircraft. While attending school, he would daily tutor other students. Later he received the coveted Inspection Authorization designation from the FAA.
Amongst other things, Coleman and Harriet were avid fishermen and campers. In 1984 they foundedand are current principals of S & S Aviation at the Cherokee County Airport which now employs 28 people and is the third oldest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in the state of Georgia. He was known in the Canton community as a very generous man. Loving all things mechanical, another passion of his was realized throughout the 1990 he became an integral part of the #18 ASA Stock Car Racing team where he flew crew members to and from the races and helped set up and service the race car. He will be truly missed.
God rest his soul.
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