Obituary for Edsel (Eddie) Thomas Sutphin

Edsel (Eddie) Thomas Sutphin, age 65, passed away on Sunday June 24, 2018. Eddie was loved by many people. Throughout his 32 years of public service as Sports Director with Pulaski County Parks and Recreation, Eddie impacted the lives of thousands. His true passion was supporting Pulaski County youth sports. Eddie also loved the game of baseball, playing at Dublin High School, Hiwassee College in Tennessee, and in the Mountain View League. Softball was his next love. No one loved playing softball more than Eddie. He made many lifelong friends through the game and he continued to play through his forties. Eddie enjoyed keeping statistics and had an incredible memory. If you played softball in Pulaski County, he could recite your stats as if they were his own. Eddie was an accomplished songwriter and made many trips to Nashville to record his music, winning numerous awards including Song of the Year for “Angel Wings”. Eddie had a passion for helping people and was arguably the most well-known person in Pulaski County. His good humor, kind nature, and competitive spirit endeared him to many. He will be cherished and missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. They have comfort in knowing that Eddie accepted Jesus as his savior and is now in his heavenly home. 

Eddie is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Grayson Sutphin, and stepson Donnie Pitts. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Myrtle Sutphin, his loving wife Sandra Sutphin, brother Tim Sutphin and his wife Cathy, and brother Steve Sutphin; and brother-in-laws Bobby and his wife Rita, Virgil McHone and his wife Clara; sister-in-laws Mary Froehler and her husband Bruce, Sharon and her husband C.H., and Paula and her husband Bill.  Also surviving are two step daughters, Debbie Janney and husband Greg, and Joyce Ayers. Eddie was Papaw to 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many special friends.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Riverview Church of God, Draper with Rev Eddie Dalton, Rev Bruce Hagy & Rev David Allison officiating, interment will follow in the Alderman family cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening at the Riverview Church of God, Draper. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations in Eddie’s name to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be made to the family at

The Reese Funeral Home in Austinville VA is serving the Sutphin family.