Jean Anne Lambeth Sutton, 92, shared her love of live theater at local elementary schools

Jean Anne Lambeth Sutton

WILMINGTON — Jean Anne Lambeth Sutton, 92, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, after a short illness.

She was born June 1, 1928, in Lumberton. She was the daughter of the late David Thomas Lambeth III and Anna Hotz Freeman.

Jean Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Hobbs Sutton; and sister, Corinne Lee Lambeth Edmundson.

She is survived by her children, William Hobbs Sutton Jr. (Donna) of Wilmington and Jean Sterling Topping (Jack) of Hampton, Virginia; sisters, Nettie Tomlinson Lambeth Noble and Linda Olive Lambeth Watson (Mac); brother, David Thomas Lambeth IV; grandchildren, William Hobbs Sutton III (Jess), Houston Brisson Sutton (Faison), Jonathan Grant Sutton, Michael Darius Hobbs (Meghan) and Rebecca Anne Hobbs Haler (Eric); and eight great-grandchildren, lovingly referred to as her precious darlings.

Jean Anne graduated from Woman’s College (now UNC-G) with a degree in child psychology. After her marriage to Billy in 1951 and moving to Wilmington, she began a life of active service to the community. During her time with the Junior League, she served in nearly every office, ending with president. She loved participating with her friends and enjoyed serving her community. A committee assignment placed her with the league’s Children’s Theater. She and her friends visited every elementary school in New Hanover County yearly to give the gift of live theater. They portrayed loveable characters and notorious ones from children’s books.

From her love of theater and history, she went on to co-chair with Wendy Block the first effort to restore Thalian Hall. They combined the efforts of public and private resources to begin a process of saving and improving a wonderful city asset. Jean Anne’s historical interest continued with the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and the Latimer House’s interpretation of local history. She served on the board and supported their efforts for decades.

Jean Anne was a lifelong member of Saint Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church. She served on many committees and ladies’ organizations through the years, teaching Sunday school and volunteering often.

Due the concerns for community health, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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