Lt. Col. Ralph M. Sudderth, Jr.


Obituary Notice

Lt. Col. Ralph M. Sudderth, Jr., beloved husband of Emily "Robin" Sudderth died on Sunday, January 12, 2003, at St. Vincent Infirmary. The son of Annie Beam and Ralph M. Sudderth, Sr., he was born in Huntington, West Virginia, on July 19, 192 1. He attended Marshall College. Serving as a bombardier in the 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group, he flew thirty missions over Germany in a B- 17 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In addition, he served in the Office of Special Investigation as a Special Agent and a Detachment Commander both in the United States and overseas. Following his Air Force career, he was an administrator for the Arkansas Crime Commission. Sud, as he was known, was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church where he was active in the men's group known as "The Marks Brothers." He is survived by his wife of 57 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Kimball and Mabry Ford of Memphis, Tennessee; his two sons, Ralph Sudderth III and his wife Lorell Young Sudderth of Little Rock, and Dr. Brian F. Sudderth and his wife Lynn Reecer Sudderth of Benton, Arkansas; and two grandchildren Lauren Marie Sudderth and James Manning Sudderth. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2003, followed by interment in the St. Mark's Columbarium. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Mark's Memorial Fund.

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