Eddie Sutton

  • Born: March 12, 1936
  • Died: May 23, 2020
  • Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma


Eddie Sutton

Hall of Fame college basketball coach

Eddie Sutton was a college basketball coach who was the first to take four different teams to the NCAA tournament: Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   September 18, 2020

So sorry for your loss. We enjoyed him a great deal while caring for him. Quite the character with words of wisdom.

Posted by Tabatha Barrett - Friend   June 30, 2020

This guy was super!! He gave us all a hometown small feel for famous! A great source of advice and he will be missed! Thanks Eddie for standing bin the gap!

Posted by Lori - Friend   June 05, 2020

Taking the loss hard here, but finding comfort in the long life Coach led, the great accomplishments on the hardwood, and most importantly the many lives touched, mine among them...and I was just a 16-year-old basketball camper in the summer of 1984, sitting wide-eyed behind the basket in Barnhill. To my shock and awe, Coach Eddie Sutton even manned the snack bar and served me a soda between practices! So thrilled I was. Discipline. Dedication. Defense. Values instilled in so many of us over the years. Will miss you, Coach. You are one for the ages. My condolences to the Sutton family. Pig Sooooie!

Posted by Charley Gibbs - Acquaintance   June 02, 2020

Coach Sutton was my friend. He let me go on and on about my beloved UCLA Bruins! I begged to go coach there. Rest In Peace Coach and thank for being my friend,

Posted by A friend   June 02, 2020

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   June 01, 2020

To the family of Mr Sutton I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. May God grant you peace and comfort.

Posted by Steele    June 01, 2020

With heartfelt sympathy and prayers the late Don and Bonnie Pannell and I, Donis Pannell, will always cherish the years of memories with Coach Eddie Sutton. To Stephen, Scott, Sean, and their families caring thoughts and peace. ALWAYS a Hall of Fame Coach, friend, champion to college basketball, and game changer for so many athletes and others. Coach Suttons Legendary Spirit will forever live in my heart.

Posted by Donis Pannell - Friend   May 31, 2020

Deepest condolences to the Sutton family, may God be with in your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   May 31, 2020

My condolences to the Sutton family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always held a lot of respect for Eddie as a friend and teammate. OSU teammates 1957 & 1958 Arlen Clark.

Posted by Arlen Clark - Friend   May 29, 2020

Thank you for being a good person, coach and definitely a good role for our athletes

Posted by Darrel and Sally Daniel - Jennings, OK - friend   May 29, 2020

My Condolences.

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2020


One of the greatest coaches in the NCAA level in basketball. Even through the turbulent times, you still shined bright in darkness. The 7th time was a charm, but disappointing you didn't get the opportunity to attend the ceremony. You made it to the Hall and you made it to the other side of the spectrum. Who got the last laugh? My condolences goes out to your sons, who has followed your footsteps in coaching and to the family. Will be missed, but never forgotten!!!

Posted by E.T. Scott - oklahoma city, OK   May 28, 2020

To one of the greatest coaches that prepared me for life by instilling Discipline and Dedication. I'm eternally grateful that you accepted me to be your student athlete. You taught me that I didn't have to be the best to start, but I had to start to be the best.
U.S. Reed

Posted by Marilyn Reed - North Little Rock, AR - student   May 27, 2020

Someone so special will not be forgotten. May the wonderful times remain in your hearts.

Posted by A friend   May 27, 2020

Condolences to the Sutton family. Thoughts and prayers for comfort during this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   May 27, 2020


Posted by Eddie Sutton - Tulas, OK   May 27, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort your broken hearts.

Posted by A friend   May 27, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Sutton family, so very sorry for your loss, may you find comfort and strength from God as you go through such a very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   May 27, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Sutton family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by A friend   May 27, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the Sutton family. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Posted by Effie Smith - Little Rock, AR   May 27, 2020

I met Eddie my jumior year in high school. I tried out for the basketball team but my skills were wanting. After the tryouts, I asked if there was anything I could do to assist him and the team. I join the team by becoming the team manager. What I learned from him was (look for the best in everyone). For those that knew him will him physically but will always remember him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sutton family

Posted by GERALD Stutsman - Tulsa, OK - student   May 26, 2020

My Daddy, Bill Wilkins, (62 years old) passed away when I was 32 years old in 1988. My Mother, Marie Wilkins, (84 years old) passed away in 2015. One of the things I always thought about was the reunion of my Mother and Daddy after 27 years apart. That's also what I thought about when I heard of Eddie's death. Patsy only had to wait 7 years, but I'm sure it was glorious. I have shaken Eddie's hand a number of times because I took my son, Cameron, to quite a few basketball games at GIA during Eddie's coaching career. Back in those days, Eddie would stay after the game, along with some of his players, and we were able to go up to him and shake his hand. We also made sure to catch the game at the Myriad in Oklahoma City. Also, Eddie graced us with a speaking engagement in Yukon, Oklahoma which was and still is my home town and I learned how wonderful it was just to sit and hear his stories. This was during the time that Bryant Reeves had started his career at OSU and I still remember Eddie reminiscing about Big Country thinking that playing basketball in the City was in Sapulpa, not Oklahoma City, being from Gans, Oklahoma and all. He also spoke of flying to New York or wherever they flew was Reeves first time on an airplane. I'll always keep the time that he shook my son, Cameron's hand when Cameron was maybe 7 or 8 in my memories. Cameron had shaken Eddie's hand a few times before. While Eddie was bending down to shake Cameron's hand, Cameron asked Eddie, "Do you remember me?" And, Eddie looked in Cameron's eyes and said, "Well, yes, young man, I do." Now, we all know that Eddie shook countless hands of boys, girls, and adults and there was no way he could remember one from the other, but Cameron went away from that encounter floating on air because Eddie remembered him. Cameron is now 29 and still remembers that encounter. Eddie coached at OSU after my time because I graduated from OSU in May of 1977, but I as stated above went to quite a few of his games. My deep condolences to Steve, Sean, and Scott and their families. Your Dad was loved by many. Always have faith in God, Yourself & the Cowboys!

Posted by Sue Wilkins - Yukon, OK - acquaintance   May 26, 2020

May the memories carry you through this very difficult time.My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)

Posted by Jan Hughes - Friend   May 26, 2020

So sorry for your for the family of Eddie. What a loss to the family and many basketball fans. Eddie will be missed.

Posted by LeeRoy - TN   May 26, 2020

May the memories carry you through this very difficult time.My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)

Posted by Jan Hughes - Acquaintance   May 26, 2020

Did not ever meet coach Sutton, my wife is an alum from Okla State. While I did not have the height to play college basket, I admired CoachSutton I watched his career and was sadden greatly when he left Ark. Razorbacks. In my opinion the finest human being and finish coach that ever lived. Coach Sutton leaves a great admiration for his love of his fellowmen and his mark on college basketball, my
Only wish was to have been able to play for him. Great man

Posted by Jim Brodnax - Phoecix, AZ - acquaintance   May 25, 2020

Such a bright light in the game of basketball, and in our world. Rest in Peace, Coach.

Posted by - CA   May 25, 2020

Coach Sutton the BEST! As a young coach I attended my first coach's clinic to hear Coach Sutton speak.
I sat on the very front row of the conference room. Alone. All other coaches sat in middle and towards the back. I will never forget Coach Sutton up on the stage. Looking down at me on the front row by myself Coach told the crowd "to be successful, you will have to do things you don't want to do". I didn't feel alone anymore. I felt confidence busting in me. I went on for the next 30 year's to be a successful coach. Thank you Coach Sutton! A great man.

Posted by Keith Newsom - Bull Shoals, AR - friend   May 25, 2020

Our condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the Family and Friendster of Coach Sutton. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you all. We know that you all
are so very proud of the legacy he left, touching the lives of many!

SM, Jackson, MS

Posted by A friend   May 25, 2020

I was a student trainer on Coach Suttons first team at Arkansas in 1974. He was a terrific coach and a class individual. Prayers & condolences to Coach Suttons family. May he Rest In Peace and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Posted by Stephen Sullivan - Little Rock, AR   May 25, 2020

My parents always spoke so fondly of their friendship with Eddie and what an incredible person he was. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by A. Ritchie - Ellicott City, MD - friend   May 25, 2020

My deepest sympathy for your loss. There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someone so beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory, because those who fall asleep in death are precious in his eyes. Psalms 116:15

Posted by Neighbor - PA - friend   May 25, 2020

Mr. Sutton,
Rest with the LORD and the Heavenly Body of Saints and
Angels. You had a wonderful
coaching career and admired
Greatly. Condolences to family, friends, EVERYONE you coached, and everybody that loves you Sir. Now it's time to rest.

Posted by A friend   May 25, 2020

In a word, legend.

Posted by Coleman Crawford - Hutchinson, KS - family   May 25, 2020

Posted by Jan Worden - Apache, OK   May 25, 2020

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by randy sharpe - Little Rock, AR   May 25, 2020

Definitely the best coach to never take a team to NCAA Final 4 game, a Naismith protégé !

Posted by Vic Bulaich - Westchester, CA - significant_other   May 25, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Sutton Family, May the God of comfort mend your grieving hearts with tenderness and loving kindness as you cope during this very difficult time with Gods strength. Thank you for Eddies contribution to the Basketball League.

Posted by BRY    May 25, 2020

Eddie was my coach at Central High School in Tulsa from 1961-1964. Through him I learned a lot about life and basketball. I will never forget He and Patsy, one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever met, in both physical and inspirational terms. Eddie, himself was extremely handsome and fun loving. They were a perfect couple.
He has been a father figure to me ever since we met. I am sure most, if not all, of his former players feel the same way about "Coach Sutton". I will never forget him as a wonderful addition to my life! I made a High School All American Team, for both Basketball and Academics because of Coach Sutton.

Posted by Michael Eppler - THE WOODLANDS, TX - friend   May 25, 2020

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Eddie Sutton