Judy Diane Suttle, age 68, of Middlesboro, Kentucky went home to be with the Lord, on Monday Morning, February 22, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, KY after a short illness. Judy was born at the Middlesboro Hospital on April 3, 1952, to the late Ralph and Delores (Mason) Suttle of Egan, Tennessee.
Judy grew up in Middlesboro. She graduated from Middlesboro High School in 1970. Following high school, she attended Eastern Kentucky University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and then a Master’s Degree in Education from Lincoln Memorial University. Judy taught for a few years at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky, and Somerset High School in Somerset, Kentucky. However, she spent most of her career and retired from teaching Fine Arts at Middlesboro Middle School and Middlesboro High School. She greatly enjoyed working with her students in teaching art and theatre and presenting plays to the community. She also served on various committees at Middlesboro Middle School and was the Cheerleading Coach for several years. Judy was a teacher and a mentor to her students as she taught them the life lessons that guided them to success. Not only did she help shape the minds of her students but also their hearts and faith. She was the leader for Jackets for Jesus and First Priority for Middlesboro Middle School and High School.
Her love of children was not limited to art education, it also included the teaching of the Bible. Judy was saved at the age of 9, professing the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. She was an active member of Old Yellow Creek Baptist Church where she taught Grade 1 and 2 Boys and Girls Sunday School, Children’s Church, and Vacation Bible School for 45 years. She was a soul winner for Christ and taught the New Christians Class - The Survival Guide. She also worked and served at the Bell Baptist Association for seven years.
Judy was a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, an aunt, a niece, a cousin, a neighbor, a friend, a salesperson, a store manager, a phone operator, an entrepreneur, and a teacher. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Delores Suttle; Maternal Grandparents, Caleb (Chalk) and Virginia (June) Mason; Paternal Grandparents, Reece and Emma Suttle; Aunts, Norma (Ray) Spade, and Billie (Bill) Mike; Special Uncle, Roger Mason; and Cousin, Vickie (Britt) Slusher.
Left to mourn her passing are her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Jennifer Suttle of Middlesboro; her nephews she adored, Tyler (Heidi) Suttle of Corbin, KY, and Matthew Suttle of Middlesboro, KY; the loves of her life - great nephews and niece, Graham, Rhett and Evie Suttle, of Corbin, KY; Her Special Aunts, Pauline Mason, Carolyn Mason, and Pat Baker of Middlesboro, KY, and Judy Blondell of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Uncles, Jerry (Sheryl) Mason of Middlesboro, KY, and Everett (Michael) Suttle of Fork Ridge, TN;
Cousins, Sherry (Cecil) Powers, Glen (Samantha) Wooten, Michael Spade, Gary Spade, and Mark (Jennifer) Spade, all of Ewing, VA; Jackie Keck, and Margaret (Tony) Jones, all of Harrogate, TN; Linda Bass, Pam Marsee, Steve (Willa) Mason, and Regina Mason all of Middlesboro, KY.
Special Friends, Delores and Steve Hurst and their children, Courtney and Scott, of Middlesboro, KY, and David Baker of Corbin, KY; And a host of other relatives, friends and loved ones.
Due to COVID, a private family funeral has been planned. The Rev. Jeff Greene will be officiating and Nicole Mike will provide the music. The interment will be at the Middlesboro Cemetery.
Although the service will be private, the family wishes to acknowledge and give thanks to the outpouring of love, prayers and support at this time. Judy will be missed, but her family rejoices in her Heavenly Homecoming.
In lieu of flowers, Judy requested that donations be made to the Children’s Department at Old Yellow Creek Baptist Church, 225 South 38th Street, Middlesboro, KY 40965.
All mandated Covid-19 regulations, including masks and social distancing, will be observed.
Cawood Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.
Online condolences and register book are available at www.cawoodfh.com