Robert Charles Sutton

Robert Charles Sutton of Birmingham, AL, passed away on October 26, 2022 at the age of 76. Bobby was born in 1946 to Charles and Jeanne Sutton in Birmingham AL. He graduated from Shades Valley High school in 1965 and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served honorably for four years, including one year in Vietnam. In 1979, Bobby married Diana and together they raised four children: Amber, Ashley, Jeffrey, and Andrea. Bobby worked in the car and motorcycle business for over forty years. He enjoyed riding his Indian motorcycle and spending time with friends and family. Bobby was an avid Alabama Crimson Tide and Atlanta Braves fan. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Jeanne Sutton. He is survived by his wife Diana, his four children, and nine grandchildren. A committal service with honors will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery, Friday, November 4, 2022 at 11:45 a.m.


  1. Ron Doughty on October 27, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Sutton enlisted in the Air Force in 1965 and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, TX, in June, 1965. He then completed the Jet Engine Mechanics Tech School, and later, the Instructor School at Chanute Air Force Base, IL, and became an instructor for jet engine systems and repairs. In 1968 Bobby completed training for the F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, and he volunteered for duty in Vietnam. Bobby and I were both assigned to the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base in Vietnam, where he helped support combat operations as a jet engine mechanic. After leaving the Air Force, Bobby helped organize and manage the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing Association, a veterans organization. He and I were active in various activities of the Association, and we were good friends. He was an outstanding man and will be greatly missed.
    -Major Ron “Rowdy” Doughty, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

  2. Sherif Y. Lepi on October 27, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    We of the 12th TFW who got to now you over the years, and visit with you over the years, will miss you forever and hope that you will Rest In Peace.

  3. Sherif Y. Lepi on October 27, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Bobby will always be missed by we members of the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing who served with him at Cam Ranh Bay AB in Vietnam, maintaining the F-4C fighter aircraft. We served our country well and I will always miss you. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

  4. Kenneth Hankins on October 28, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Rest In Peace my friend. Put in a good word for me with St Peter and with your recommendation I’ll be there one of these days and we can resume our motorcycle rides through the Dragons and the Hill Country and Twisted Sisters of Heaven, and our critiques of Bama football. Your friendship has been a lifesaving blessing to me. For now, Sgt Sutton, you stand relieved. Job well done. Rest In Peace, brother.
    The “Col”