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“Everyone loved Steve! I remember the first time I met Steve was at Pick And Grin on Merrimon Avenue. We immediately became friends, and he invited me...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Stuart Reinhardt - Asheville, NC

“Steve was awesome!! One of my musical hero's. Prayers going out to the family, Uncle Ted and all of the Whitewater bunch, and Darren and his band. I...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: tom rhodes

“A loss of unfathomable dimension! Rest in peace, Steve; we will miss you terribly. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Tom Ezell - Waynesville, NC

“We will miss very much Steve. You were a great musician an a good friend ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Kelly Hunter - Asheville

“Played HUNDREDS of shows with Steve over the years. What I will forever remember about him, aside from being a virtuoso musician, was how it was so...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Buddy Davis

“I didn't know Steve long--we moved to Asheville in 2014--but I had the honor of jamming with him on several occasions. What a wonderful musician and...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Celia Millington-Wyckoff

“Go rest high on that mountain Steve. Such great memories from Bill Stanleys ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Carla Horstmann - Mars Hill, NC

“what I remember about steve is that he always had a smile on his face when he was playing that banjo. sincere condolences to the loved ones he left...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: marcia lummus - candler, NC

“Mr. Sutton was such a very nice person. He always had a smile on his face when he came into the office I work for, even when he was not feeling his...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Gwen H - clyde, NC - Acquaintance

“Our Bluegrass Family table will have a tremendous vacant seat now without our sweet Steve. He was such a vibrant personality and talent. He left us...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila Honeycutt - Brooksville, FL

“Rip steve from tom and barbara jones, sylva<br />True fans! Loved to hear you plick<br /> ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Tom Jones - Sylva, NC - friend

“Aunt Bonnie I am so sorry for the loss of your son Steven, He was a very talented and great guy. I loved him so much in life and love him still. His...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Velma W. Griffith - Palm Bay, FL

“Sorry to hear that another of our THS class of 1974 has left us. As teenagers we were all in awe of how Steve could make that banjo do anything he...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Charles Ray Evans

“knew steven all his life, gosh so sorry Bonnie. prayers. ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Gary Stewart

“So sorry my thoughts and prayers are with his family .I was a classmate of Tuscola 1974 ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Kirkpatrick Sumner

“Steve was a great musician and great guy. My sincere condolences to his family. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Bob Milner

“You blessed us with your talent, you blessed us with your friendship. Prayers to Mrs. Sutton and her family. Tuten, Pen land and Long families. An...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Beth Tuten - Asheville, NC

“Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. As a classmate and friend of Steve, his infectious smile will always be remembered. He never...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Sharon Wood Johnson-Franks

“I will miss STEVE ....He was a very nice man and could play the banjo like no other. Sendining prayers to the family and friends. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Gilda Wright - Fairview, NC

“To the Sutton Family:It was an honor to know Steve and his contribution to music. Not only were we classmates at Tuscola but also neighbors on Blink...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Jane McKay Stamey

“Bonnie &amp; Family so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this tough time. Tuckers of Va. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Marvin & joann Tucker - VA

“What a shock. I saw Steve play, for the first time, a couple of years ago in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Just an incredible banjoist, super entertainer...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“A master musician. We will miss you Steve. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Tom Moore


Waynesville, Steven Taylor Sutton, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at his residence. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Bonnie Hicks Sutton and the late Taylor Filetus Sutton. Steve was of the Baptist Faith. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 1979 with a degree in Marketing. Steve began playing the banjo as a child and was playing professionally before he was 12. His adult career began with Jimmy Martin at the Grand Ole Opry immediately following Sutton's graduation from Tuscola High School in 1974, and included stints with Alecia Nugent, Rhonda Vincent, George Jones and others. He continued appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, and on such network television shows as "Hee Haw." Locally, Sutton was a member of Whitewater Bluegrass Company and The Darren Nicholson Band. Steve is survived by his mother, Bonnie Hicks Sutton, of Waynesville; sister, Juanita Hendricks, of Greenville, South Carolina; nieces, Leah Hendricks, of Greenville, South Carolina and Britt Stribling, and her husband, Tony, of Campobello, South Carolina; and a special cousin, Carolyn Hunter, of Waynesville. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Waynesville chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend Phillip Wyatt officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund, 4206 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216.

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