Birth Date: 11/01/1926
Deceased Date: 07/16/2020
Ethel Sutton Reiss
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Ethel Sutton Reiss, age 93. She passed away peacefully at her home on July 16, 2020 with her family at her side.
Born in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late T. L. Sutton and Lela Britt Sutton, and sister of the late Thelma Britt, Pauline Price, Bill Sutton, Melvin Sutton, Thad Sutton, and Ray Sutton.
She lived a full life as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a generous heart, a beautiful smile that lit up the room, and a sense of humor that made our lives joyful. She will be dearly missed and forever in the hearts of her family.
For many years, Mrs. Reiss worked as Office Manager at Quality Cleaners & Laundry in Jacksonville where she made many life-long friends. She was a member of Grace Community Assembly of God Church in Smithfield and previous member of Manley Grove Church in Mt. Olive, and First Christian Church in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Reiss is survived by her devoted husband Theodore Reiss, her son Ricky Earl Jackson and wife, Susan; daughters Kay Smith, Sarah Brooks and husband, Michael, Janet Pishghadamian and husband, Amir; step-daughter Bobbie Felizzi and husband, Tony; brothers Edward Earl Sutton and wife, Myrna, and Charles Sutton and wife, Beverly. She was Mema and Meems to her four grandchildren, Sandy Bjorkback; Ian Brooks, Brent Smith, and Melanie Borgert; and her great grandchildren. She loved and deeply touched everyone in her family.
The family would like to thank her wonderful caregivers, Angie Daniels, Jackie Thornton, Nell Woodard, and Gretchen Kopp for their unwavering dedication, compassion, and loving care during the last years of Mrs. Reiss’s life.
The family held a private graveside service at Wayne Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Shriners Hospital for Children – Greenville
c/o Sudan Shrine Center
1425 S Glenburnie Road, Suite 4
New Bern, NC 28562