Lee County soldier remembered as friend, great leader

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal




Family and friends of Sgt. First Class Billy Sutton gathered together Saturday morning to remember a man who was a friend to everyone and a great leader.
Sutton, who lived in Mooreville, died while serving in his third tour of duty with the Army National Guard’s 228th Sapper Company out of Houston as the leader of the platoon he nicknamed the Honey Badgers.
“I stand here representing the more than one million men and women who wear a uniform in the United States Army. Today the army is grieving because one of our friends, our brothers, our comrades is no longer with us. There is a hole in our ranks today that was once filled by a great soldier – a man by the name of Billy Sutton. A man who gave himself freely, who placed himself between the enemy and the things he felt in life that were better,” said Brig. Gen. Augustus L. Collins who spoke on behalf of the United States Army.

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