Mrs. Patricia Ballew Suttles, age 73, of Nebo, passed away following a period of declining health on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. She was born in Marion on September 26, 1946 to the late Calvin Ballew and Irene Washburn Ballew. Mrs. Suttles attended Pleasant Gardens High School where she played basketball on the same team with her sister Doris. She worked at a variety of professions during her work career including Nebo Elementary School, Henredon, Baxter Healthcare and Kelly’s Jewelry Store. But the job she loved most was as the Activity Coordinator at Sunrise Rehabilitation and Care where she brought joy to many of the patients being cared for there. Mrs. Suttles was a faithful and active member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church and she loved helping decorate the church during the various holidays and for activities being held there. She loved to travel and do craftwork but what brought her the most pleasure was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband of 56 years, James Edward Suttles; two children, Mike Suttles and wife Stephanie of Nebo and Dianna Greer and husband Tim of Valdese; her sister, Doris Deyton and husband Clarence of Burnsville; six grandchildren, Andrew Suttles and wife Nora, Kendel Benge, Roxanna Suttles, Jonathan Greer and wife Ashley, Scotty Greer and wife Maura, and Patrick Greer; and five great-grandchildren, Emma, Zack and Riley Ross, Ethan Suttles, Erin Greer and special nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Ray Stockton and Rev. Larry Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution in her memory are encouraged to consider the Building Fund at her church and can be sent to PO Box 236, Nebo, NC 28761.
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