Roger H. (Sonny) Suddith Jr. passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Point Arena, California, at 90 years of age after contracting the coronavirus. He was born Dec. 11, 1929 in Nathalie to the late Roger H. Suddith Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Irby Suddith. After growing up in Halifax, Sonny joined the Air Force in 1951 and was sent to Point Arena Air Force Radar Station in 1954, where he met and married Rosemarie Price in 1955.
Sonny was a very proud veteran and belonged to the VFW in Point Arena and American Legion in Fort Bragg. He served on the Point Arena School Board and City Council for years and on the Point Arena Medical Board until his death. He took these jobs very seriously. In 1957, he took his family and moved to Elon, North Carolina to attend Elon College, a four-year college, from which he graduated after only two and a half years. After graduating in 1960, he moved back to Point Arena and worked at the Point Arena Hotel tending bar and helping with the family business. After the bar was sold, he opened the Point Arena Liquor Store where he worked until his retirement.
His favorite pastimes were steelhead fishing, playing poker (especially with his friends on Wednesday nights) and going to the woods to cut firewood. Loving all sports, he coached little league baseball and never missed a football, basketball or baseball game at the high school, always sitting in the front row with his friends so he could give the referees a bad time.
Sonny was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; son Stephen; daughter Mary (Alf); son Fred; son Michael (Cheryl); his grandchildren, Evan, Jennilee (Chris), Ali, Joey (Kelsey) and Siena; his great-grandchildren, Sonnie, Cody, Aaliyah, Maizie and Dottie; as well as his many cousins and friends in Virginia and Southern California.
A funeral service was held in Point Arena, California, on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020.
Donations can be made to Redwood Coast Firefighters Association, P. O. Box 245, Point Arena, CA 95468; Coastal Seniors, P.O. Box 437, Point Arena, CA 95468; Good Buy Clothes, P. O. 66, Point Arena, CA 95468 or other favorite charities.