John Wesley Suttle

April 15, 1958 ~ October 18, 2021 (age 63)


Celebrate the life and legacy of John Wesley Suttle, Jr., who went home to be with his Lord and Savior, October 18, 2021. Wes was born on April 15, 1958, in Houston, TX to John Wesley Suttle and Loy Nell Allen Suttle Smelley.  After Wes´ father, Jack, a Houston Police officer, was killed in the line of duty, Sam Smelley married Loy Nell and loved and raised Wes as his own son.

A visitation for Wes will be held Friday, November 5, 2021, from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church Corrigan, Texas in the Family Life Center, 103 N. Collins St., Corrigan, TX 75939. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Carpenter’s Way Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas with Pastor Mark Wilke officiating. Our family is requesting guests to please wear a mask as a consideration for our older and immunocompromised family members.

Wes graduated from Humble High School and Houston Baptist University. He married Jeanna Herring on June 9, 1984, and they had two children, Kenneth Paul Suttle and Sarah Kathryn Suttle.

He was a caregiver by nature, always seeking to help others in unique ways. He was employed by the Lufkin State Supported Living Center as a nurse and caregiver. He truly loved his job because the people and relationships formed there are truly amazing. He was a great photographer, always having a unique perspective and developing his own pictures. He was a stained-glass artist, making treasures for his family. He loved to sing in church, and with Jeanna, sang in the choir and First Praise Team at First United Methodist Church in Houston and First United Methodist Church in Livingston, Texas.

He moved his family from Houston to Corrigan to live in the country. Godś nature was inspiring to him. He loved to look at the stars and the heavens, pointing out the constellations by name; and always watched for the space shuttle, meteors, or comets to pass overhead. When a thunderstorm would rumble, he would be the first to go outside to watch the rain. The power of the storm impressed him. Family vacation trips consisted of road trips to the East Coast and to the West Coast. They usually included camping, hiking and wilderness exploration. The mountains and West Texas were his favorites, but the majesty of the Alaskan wilderness was awesome and mighty.

His family and his faith in Jesus were the most important focus in his life. Many lives have been affected by his humor, his care, and his sharing Godś love. He will be missed by many for his off-the-wall humor and lighthearted perspectives. When he saw a tense situation, he would offer a gesture or a slightly strange comment to create laughter and clear the atmosphere. 

Wes is predeceased by his father, Jack Suttle.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanna Suttle; son, Paul Suttle and fiancé Ashley Hazen; daughter, Kathryn Suttle; parents, Loy Nell and Sam Smelley; mother-in-law, Martina Herring; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Craig and Erika Herring, numerous aunts and uncles; many friends and cousins, cousins, cousins!


The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Houston Methodist Hospital, The Medical Center and Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital in Katy. There were many outstanding doctors and nurses attending to us in the last 8 months. Thank you also to Administration and staff of Corrigan-Camden ISD and Lufkin State Supported Living Center. Thank you to the many friends and family who offered support in the form of prayers, food, and monetary concerns.


For those desiring, memorial donations can be made to Houston Methodist JC Walter Transplant Center or to Carpenter’s Way Baptist Church at   Please consider becoming an organ donor. . Wes gave ocular tissue as his gift of life and was blessed 5 years with as a liver recipient. 




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November 5, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
First Baptist Church Family Life Center
103 N. Collins St
Corrigan, Tx 75939

Memorial Service
November 6, 2021

11:00 AM
Carpenter's Way Baptist Church
400 N John Redditt Dr
Lufkin, TX 75904

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